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AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER | DALLAS STARS vs. NASHVILLE PREDATORS | APRIL 6 | 7:30 p.m. CT

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33-36-11 (21-12-6 Home)
RECORD
40-28-12 (16-19-4 Road)
77 Points (6th Central)
RANK
92 Points (4th Central)
17.6% (45-for-255)
POWER PLAY
19.3% (48-for-249)
74.2% (181-of-244)
PENALTY KILL
80.7% (192-of-238)
5-4-1
LAST 10 GAMES
5-4-1
     
Kari Lehtonen (21-24-7)
TEAM GOALTENDERS
Pekka Rinne (31-18-9)
Antti Niemi (12-12-4)
 
Juuse Saros (9-8-3)
   
 
Tyler Seguin (25-45=70)
 
Ryan Johansen (14-47=61)
Jamie Benn (25-42=67)
POINTS LEADERS
Filip Forsberg (31-27=58)
Jason Spezza (14-34=48)
 
Viktor Arvidsson (29-28=57)
     
ALL-TIME RECORD VS. NASHVILLE:
42-28-4 Overall | 27-8-1 Home | 15-20-3 Road
2016-17 STARS VS. NASHVILLE:
Oct. 18 at Nashville - W, 2-1
Nov. 23 at Nashville - L, 2-5
Dec. 8 vs. Nashville - W, 5-2
Feb. 12 at Nashville - L, 3-5
April 6 vs. Nashville

FRONT ROSTER PAGE FROM GAME NOTES 

(Includes all player season statistics)

*Stats as of April 5, 2017

WHAT TO WATCH

TO CATCH A PREDATOR
The Dallas Stars take on the Nashville Predators on Thursday night at American Airlines Center for the fifth and final meeting during the 2016-17 regular season. The Stars are 2-2-0 this season against Nashville, recording a 5-2 victory in the only game played between the two clubs in Dallas on Dec. 8, 2016. Captain Jamie Benn (1-2=3) and forward Jason Spezza (1-2=3) each notched three-point outings for the Stars, with forwards Tyler Seguin (1-1=2) and Antoine Roussel (1-1=2) registering two-points on the evening. Goaltender Kari Lehtonen recorded the win, stopping 34-of-36 shots faced. In the fourth and most recent game of the season series on Feb. 12, 2017, the Predators defeated the Stars, 5-3 at Bridgestone Arena. Forward Tyler Seguin recorded a game-high three assists (0-3=3) and captain Jamie Benn (1-1=2) recorded a multi-point game. Seguin (1-4=5) and Benn (2-3=5) are tied for the team-lead with five points in four games against the Predators this season.

SPEZZ IS MORE
Forward Jason Spezza recorded an assist (0-1=1) against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night and now has points in three-straight games (2-2=4). His three-game point streak marks his longest such streak since Feb. 28 - March 8, 2017, when he notched points in five-straight contests (4-3=7). The forward ranks third on the club with 49 points (14-35=49) in 66 games this season. Spezza ranks third on the Stars in assists (34), while ranking fourth in goals (14). On home ice this season, he ranks third on the club with 32 points (8-24=32) in 35 games and shares second in assists (24). He is riding a five-game point streak (3-6=9) at American Airlines Center and has points in nine of his last 12 games (4-10=14) in the Lone Star State. The native of Toronto, Ont. has points in six of his last seven games (7-4=11) against the Predators and is riding a four-game point streak (5-4=9) on home ice against Nashville. Spezza has amassed 24 points (12-12=24) in 21 career games against the Predators.

ORANGE JULIUS
Stars defenseman Julius Honka potted his first career goal (1-0=1) on Tuesday night against Arizona, recording the game-winning tally in overtime. Honka was recalled from the Texas Stars (AHL) on March 29, 2017 and at the time of his call-up, was leading Texas defensemen and ranked fourth among all Texas skaters with 31 points (7-24=31) in 50 games. Additionally, he ranked second on the squad with 24 assists, while his four power play goals checked in at 13th among all AHL defensemen. The blueliner made his NHL debut this season, recording one assist (0-1=1) in his first game on Nov. 21, 2016 vs. the Minnesota Wild. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound native of Jyvaskyla, Finland was originally selected by Dallas in the first round (14th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft and has appeared in 14 NHL contests, posting five points (1-4=5). In one career game against the Predators, Honka logged five shots on goal.

SNAP, CRACKNELL, POP
Forward Adam Cracknell registered an assist (0-1=1) against the Coyotes on Tuesday night and now has points in three-straight games at American Airlines Center (3-2=5). Cracknell has skated in career-best 67 regular-season games this season for Dallas, recording a career-high 16 points (10-6=16) and ranking second on the club with a +10 plus/minus rating. The forward's 10 goals during the 2016-17 campaign are a personal best, surpassing his previous high of five goals (5-5=10) set last season with Vancouver and Edmonton. On Friday, March 24, the forward registered the first hat trick (3-0=3) of his NHL career vs. the San Jose Sharks. His three-point outing vs. San Jose set new career-highs for points (previous: 2 points), goals (previous: 2 goals) and plus/minus rating (previous: +2 rating) in a single game. Originally selected in the ninth round (279th overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft, Cracknell has amassed 43 points (21-22=43) in 201 career NHL contests between Dallas, Columbus, Edmonton, St. Louis and Vancouver. The native of Prince Albert, Sask. has skated in eight games and has recorded one goal (1-0=1).