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Preview: Stars aim to bounce back vs. Panthers

Dallas hopes to regroup and redeem itself after an ugly loss at Carolina

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge
Dallas Stars at Florida Panthers 

Tuesday, November 14 
6:30 p.m.  
TV: FOX Sports Southwest Plus 
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

 

About the Stars

The Stars (9-8-0) lost 5-1 at Carolina Monday. The game was tied 1-1 heading into the third period, but Carolina's Teuvo Teravainen scored three goals in a 7:05 span to give the Hurricanes a commanding 4-1 lead.

"It's disappointing," said Stars captain Jamie Benn. "You go into the third period with a chance to win the game, and then you lay an egg. It's embarrassing. … We are going to regroup and redeem ourselves. We are going to forget about this one pretty quick and get ready for [Tuesday]."

"I don't want to put it behind us," said coach Ken Hitchcock. "I want us to remember this, and I want us to grow from it."

Alexander Radulov scored the lone goal, and Ben Bishop stopped 23 shots for the Stars who lost for the sixth time in nine road games (3-6-0).

"This is not an accident. It's a lot easier to play at home than on the road," Hitchcock said. "If we are going to get to another level, we are going to have to play a much firmer game on the road."

Kari Lehtonen is expected to get the start in goal Tuesday.

Tuesday's game is the second of a three-game road trip for the Stars.

Injuries: Marc Methot (lower body) is out.

 

About the Panthers

The Panthers (5-9-2) are coming off a 2-1 loss at New Jersey Saturday. The Panthers outshot the Devils 33-21, including 17-4 in the third period, but could get only one puck past Devils goaltender Cory Schneider.

"I thought we had our chances but just couldn't find the back of the net," Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad, who scored Florida's lone goal, told media. "You've got to find ways to score in these types of games. We knew [Schneider] would be good in net, but we've just got to find ways to score."

The loss was the sixth in the last seven games (1-4-2) for Florida which is in last place in the Eastern Conference.

Tuesday's game is Florida's lone home game in a stretch that has them playing five of six on the road.

Injuries: C Jared McCann (lower body) is day to day.

 

Season Series
  • This is the first of two meetings between the Stars and Panthers.

  • The Stars were 1-1-0 vs. Florida last season.

  • The Stars have won three straight road games against the Panthers.

 

Statistical Tidbits
  • The Stars are 3-6-0 on the road.

  • The Panthers are 3-3-2 at home.

  • The Stars are 4-1-0 vs. the Eastern Conference.

  • Florida is 2-0-0 vs. the Western Conference including 1-0-0 vs. the Central Division.

  • The Stars rank 18th in goal scoring at 2.82 per game.

  • Florida ranks eighth in goal scoring at 3.31 per game.

  • The Stars rank 18th in goals against at 2.82 per game.

  • Florida ranks 30th in goals against at 3.81 per game.

  • The Stars rank first on the power play at 31.4 percent.

  • Florida ranks 30th in the NHL on the penalty kill at 71.7 percent.

  • The Stars rank third on the penalty kill at 86.7 percent.

  • Florida ranks 22nd on the power play at 15.5 percent.

  • Stars forward Alexander Radulov has points in eight straight games (five goals, six assists).

  • John Klingberg leads the Stars in scoring with 18 points (four goals, 14 assists).

  • Jonathan Huberdeau leads the Panthers in scoring with 19 points (four goals, 15 assists).

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 Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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