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GAME: Dallas Stars (14-7-1) at Nashville Predators (14-3-3).

TIME: Saturday, 8 p.m. EST.

The Dallas Stars have been getting plenty of power-play goals lately, but that wasn't enough to keep their longest winning streak of the season alive.

The Stars will look to bounce back from their first defeat in more than two weeks when they visit the Nashville Predators.

The Stars lost 4-1 Friday to the Phoenix Coyotes, ending a five-game winning streak. The defeat was their first since falling 5-3 on Nov. 10 to the Nashville Predators.

Dallas, 8-2 in its last 10 games, had scored at least three goals in 13 straight games, one short of the franchise record.

The Stars had outscored their opponents 53-36 during that stretch, en route to a 9-3-1 record.

"We were getting shots but not that many that were point blank," center Mike Modano said Friday.

Dallas did keep alive another streak, scoring a power-play goal in its 13th consecutive game - the second-longest streak in franchise history. However, the Stars converted just one of their 12 power play chances.

"Their power play beat our power play and that was the bottom line," coach Dave Tippett said. "I still think we did some good things. But they scored on two 5-on-3s and we didn't score on two 5-on-3s."

The Stars' franchise record for consecutive games with at least one power-play goal is 17 from Oct. 11-Nov. 18, 1986, when the team was known as the Minnesota North Stars.

The Predators won for the sixth time in seven games, beating the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday 4-3. Nashville, which started a five-game homestand, has scored at least three goals in each of their last six wins.

The Predators have lost just once at home, a 5-1 defeat on Oct. 29 to the Edmonton Oilers. They have won five straight at home since.

"With guys going down we have talked about everybody having to chip in," coach Barry Trotz said. "We had a little bit of scoring all over."

Marek Zidlicky had three assists and has six points in his last three games. Adam Hall scored and has two goals and three assists during a career-best four-game point streak.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 25): Stars - 29 points, 2nd place, 2 PB, Pacific Division. Predators - 31 points, 2nd place, 3 PB, Central Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Stars - Jere Lehtinen, 11 goals; Jason Arnott and Brenden Morrow, 14 assists; Arnott, 24 points; Steve Ott, 62 PIM. Predators - Steve Sullivan, 9 goals; Paul Kariya and Kimmo Timonen, 12 assists; Paul Kariya, 20 points; Darcy Hordichuk, 66 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 25): Stars - Power play: 17.6 percent (26 for 147), 15th in NHL. Penalty killing: 81.8 percent (117 for 143), 15th (tied). Predators - Power play: 19.2 percent (24 for 125), 12th (tied). Penalty killing: 86.2 percent (113 for 131), 2nd.

GOALTENDERS: Stars - Marty Turco (12-6-1, 1 SO, 2.72 GAA); Johan Hedberg (2-1-0, 3.90). Predators - Tomas Vokoun (12-3-2, 2.56); Chris Mason (2-0-1, 2.89).

SEASON SERIES: Predators, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Nov. 10; Predators, 5-3. At Nashville, Tenn., Sullivan scored three goals and Zidlicky had a goal and two assists.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Stars - 7-2-0 on the road; Predators - 10-1-0 at home.

Associated Press
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