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Preview: Stars look to bounce back in Nashville

Dallas will try to cool off the Predators, who have won eight straight

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge
Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators

Tuesday, March 6
7:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

 

About the Stars

The Stars (37-23-6) lost 3-2 in overtime to Ottawa at American Airlines Center on Monday night. For the third straight game, the Stars scored late to force overtime, but on Monday, they lost in the extra period when Senators captain Erik Karlsson scored on a breakaway.

"That was not a good game," said Stars defenseman Marc Methot. "That was ugly, and we are lucky we got a point in my opinion. I don't think we really deserved it. But, we'll take that and hopefully put this game behind us here and move on to a much bigger game [Tuesday]."

The Stars finished their five-game homestand with a 2-1-2 record, including 2-0-2 over the final four games.

The Stars lost goaltender Ben Bishop to a lower-body injury in Monday's game. He is expected to miss the next two games. The Stars also played without center Radek Faksa (foot) and defenseman Esa Lindell (illness). Both Faksa and Lindell are out for Tuesday.

The Stars will be looking to bounce back Tuesday against the Predators, who rank second in the NHL in points and have won eight straight games.

"Everyone is going to be pumped and excited to play [Tuesday]," said goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who stopped 15 of 18 shots Monday after taking over for Bishop to start the second period. "We are disappointed about this one though, but it's something that doesn't need more motivation. They've had us this year and we'll go there and it's going to be a great challenge."

Lehtonen is the scheduled starter in goal. The Stars play at Nashville Tuesday and then return home to play Anaheim on Friday.

Injuries: G Ben Bishop (lower body), C Radek Faksa (foot), D Esa Lindell (illness), and C Martin Hanzal (back) are out.

Video: Hitchcock reacts to overtime loss

 

About the Predators

The Predators (42-14-9) won their eighth straight game, rallying to defeat Colorado 4-3 in overtime Sunday in Denver. Defenseman Ryan Ellis tied the game with 1:06 remaining in regulation and forward Filip Forsberg scored 1:07 into overtime as Nashville swept a four-game road trip.

"We've proven to ourselves that we can come back," Forsberg said. "Getting four out of four wins on the road is ridiculous right now, but at the same time, we can't get too high. We have to keep grinding and winning the games."

The eight straight wins tied a Nashville franchise record.

The Predators are 13-2-2 in their last 17 games.

Defenseman Roman Josi did not play Sunday due to an upper-body injury. He is day to day.

Tuesday begins a four-game homestand for the Predators.

Injuries: D Roman Josi (upper body) is day to day.

 

Season Series
  • This is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the Stars and Predators.

  • The Stars are 1-2-0 in the season series.

  • The Predators are 2-0-1 in the season series.

  • Oct. 12, at Nashville: Predators 4, Stars 1

  • Dec. 5, at Dallas: Predators 5, Stars 2

  • Dec. 23, at Dallas: Stars 4, Predators 3 (SO)

 

Statistical Tidbits
  • The Stars are 14-13-3 on the road.

  • The Predators are 22-7-3 at home.

  • The Stars are 11-11-0 vs. the Central Division

  • The Predators are 14-4-2 vs. the Central Division.

  • The Stars are 4-2-2 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.

  • The Predators have outscored their opponents 37-18 during their eight-game winning streak.

  • The Predators rank third in the league in goals against at 2.51 per game.

  • The Stars rank fourth in the league in goals against at 2.61 per game.

  • The Predators rank sixth in the league in goal scoring at 3.21 per game.

  • The Stars rank 15th in goal scoring at 2.89 per game.

  • Stars center Tyler Seguin has points in six straight games (7 goals, 4 assists, 11 points).

  • Seguin ranks third in the NHL in goal scoring with 36.

  •  Viktor Arvidsson leads Nashville in both goal scoring (24) and points (49).

This story was not subject to approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club.

Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow him on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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