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by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Boston Bruins at Dallas Stars
Sunday, February 26
11:30 a.m.  
TV: NBC
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (24-27-10) came out of their five-day bye week with a 5-2 win over Arizona Friday. Five different players scored goals, and 12 different players registered points as the Stars won their second straight game. The Stars were just the fifth team to win the first game after the bye week. With the Dallas win, teams improved to 5-12-4 in the first game out of the break.

"We wanted to take the positives of the break and not worry about what the record has been for other teams," said forward Devin Shore, who had one goal and one assist. "I think guys yesterday, and even this morning, were recharged and enjoyed the break and ready to get back in it. I think that showed in our energy, we got some breaks and we put some pucks to the net, which always really helps, but we really liked our game coming out of the break."

Defenseman Johnny Oduya (ankle) practiced again with the team Saturday. He is a gameday decision for Sunday.

The Stars recalled forward Remi Elie from Texas (AHL) on Saturday.

Sunday's game is the third of a five-game homestand for the Stars.

Injuries: Johnny Oduya (ankle) is questionable. C/LW Adam Cracknell (lower body), RW Ales Hemsky (hip) and C/LW Mattias Janmark (knee) are on injured reserve.

About the Bruins

The Bruins (31-24-6) are coming off a 4-1 win at Los Angeles on Thursday. Brad Marchand tallied one goal and one assist and goaltender Anton Khudobin stopped 27 of 28 shots for Boston, which was playing on the second night of a back-to-back.

"It's a big character win," Bruins interim coach Bruce Cassidy told the team's official site. "It's back-to-back games, even though we just had our break, so we're fairly refreshed. It's not easy to do in this league, play big, heavy teams back to back and this is a good hockey club."

The Bruins improved to 5-1-0 under Cassidy, who took over behind the bench after Claude Julien was fired earlier this month.

Sunday's game wraps up a four-game road trip for the Bruins.

Injuries: None

Season Series

*This is the first of two meetings between the Stars and Bruins this season.

*The Stars and Bruins have split the past three season series with the Stars winning all three games in Boston and the Bruins winning all three games in Dallas.

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars are 17-9-6 at home including three straight wins.

*The Bruins are 16-11-6 on the road.

*The Stars are 7-10-4 vs. the Eastern Conference including 4-5-1 against the Atlantic Division.

*The Bruins are 10-10-0 vs. the Western Conference including 4-6-0 against the Central Division.

*The Bruins are 12-37 (32.4 percent) on the power play over their past eleven games.

*The Stars were 0-4 on the penalty kill Friday, the first time in nine home games they haven't allowed a power-play goal.

*The Bruins rank second in the NHL on the penalty kill at 86.3 percent.

*The Stars have scored on the power play in eight of their past ten home games and are 8-37 (21.6 percent) during that stretch.

*Stars captain Jamie Benn has 21 points (eleven goals, ten assists) in his past 16 games.

*Boston's David Pastrnak has six goals in his past seven games.

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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