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Preview: Stars hope to keep win streak alive against Carolina

Dallas has won three straight entering Saturday's matchup with the Hurricanes

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge
Carolina Hurricanes at Dallas Stars

Saturday, October 21
7:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus (click here for channel listings)
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM


About the Stars

The Stars (4-3-0) won their third straight game with a 5-4 victory over the Coyotes in Arizona on Thursday. Tyler Seguin scored two goals, including the game-winner, and Jamie Benn chipped in with one goal and two assists. The win gave the Stars a sweep of a home-and-home series with the Coyotes.

"They want to win. They are turning a leaf right now -- they're turning the corner, they dug in deep today," said coach Ken Hitchcock. "They deserve the two points, that's a good sign. We had our top players come through for us, which is even a better sign, and the other thing for me is, we had a lot of fight in this because that was a spunky team we played this series and we had a lot of fight in this which is a great sign."

Thursday's win was the Stars' first on the road this season (1-2-0).

The Stars are over a .500 points percentage for the first time since Jan. 31, 2017.

Friday was a travel day for the Stars.

Injuries: None


About the Hurricanes

The Hurricanes (3-1-1) won 2-1 at Calgary Thursday. Scott Darling made 25 saves, and Jeff Skinner and Justin Williams scored goals for the Hurricanes who tied their best five-game start since the team relocated to North Carolina in 1997.

"We're trying to get better every game, and we're a team that's trying to make that next step from being a non-playoff team to playoff team to contender," Williams told media after the game. "I thought we played well enough to win tonight and the scoreboard showed that."

The Hurricanes also started 3-1-1 in 2007-08 and 2008-09.

Saturday's game wraps up a four-game road trip for Carolina which is 2-1-0 in the first three games.

Friday was a travel day for the Hurricanes.

Injuries: F Lee Stempniak (upper body) is day-to-day.


Season Series
  • This is the first of two meetings between the Stars and Hurricanes this season.

  • The Stars were 2-0-0 against Carolina last season.

  • The Stars have won five straight games against Carolina.

  • The Stars have won eight of their last nine home games against the Hurricanes.


Statistical Tidbits
  • The Stars are 3-1-0 at home.

  • The Hurricanes are 2-1-0 on the road.

  • The Stars are allowing 2.57 goals per game, which ranked ninth in the league through Thursday's games.

  • The Hurricanes are allowing 2.40 goals per game, which ranked fourth in the league.

  • The Stars are 6-21 (28.6 percent) on the power play.

  • The Hurricanes are 13-16 (81.3 percent) on the penalty kill.

  • The Stars are 24-27 (88.9 percent) on the penalty kill.

  • The Hurricanes are 5-23 (21.7 percent) on the power play.

  • Tyler Seguin leads the Stars with five goals.

  • Seguin (five goals, two assists), Jamie Benn (three goals, four assists), and John Klingberg (two goals, five assists) lead the Stars in scoring with seven points.

  • Jeff Skinner leads the Hurricanes with three goals.

  • Justin Williams leads the Hurricanes with five points (one goal, four 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 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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