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by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dallas Stars at Boston Bruins
Thursday, March 30
6:30 p.m.
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (31-34-11) had a four-game points streak snapped with a 4-1 loss at Montreal Tuesday. The Stars started strong and grabbed a 1-0 lead 1:47 into the game on a goal by Curtis McKenzie, but Montreal tied the game late in the second and scored three times in the third period.

"The first ten minutes was the best part of our game, and then they took over and kept coming after us, said Stars captain Jamie Benn. "Our goalie kept us in it as long as he could. We just didn't have enough tonight."

The Stars recalled defenseman Julius Honka from the Texas Stars of the AHL Wednesday. Honka leads Texas defensemen in scoring with 31 points (seven goals, 24 assists) in 50 games.

Thursday's game is the third of a five-game road trip for the Stars.

Injuries: Jiri Hudler (lower body), Patrick Sharp (hip surgery) and LW Antoine Roussel (hand) are out. C/LW Mattias Janmark (knee) is on injured reserve.

About the Bruins

The Bruins (40-30-6) won their second straight game, defeating Nashville, 4-1, in Boston Tuesday. Four different Bruins scored including Noel Acciari, who notched his first NHL goal. Tuukka Rask returned from a lower-body injury and stopped 24 shots.

"We needed it," Rask said. "Me stepping in there I just wanted to make sure that I gave us a chance to win, and the guys did the rest. It was a great team effort because we blocked [24] shots, which is huge."

The Bruins are in the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference and have a three-point lead on ninth place.

Boston is 14-7-0 since Bruce Cassidy took over as interim head coach.

Thursday's game is the second of a three-game homestand for Boston.

Injuries: F Tim Schaller (lower body) is out.

Season Series

*This is the second and final meeting of the season between the Stars and Bruins.

*The Bruins won the first meeting, 6-3, in Dallas on February 26.

*The Stars have won three straight games in Boston.

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars are 4-10-1 in their past 15 games on the road.

*The Bruins are 10-4-0 in their past 14 home games.

*The Stars are 11-14-4 vs. the Eastern Conference including 5-8-1 against the Atlantic Division.

*The Bruins are 15-11-0 vs. the Western Conference including 6-6-0 against the Central Division.

*The Stars have scored two goals or fewer in eight of their past ten games.

*The Bruins have scored three goals or more in 19 of their past 26 games.

*Boston ranks eighth in the NHL on the power play (20.7 percent) and third on the penalty kill (85.1 percent).

*Stars forward Tyler Seguin ranks eleventh in the NHL in scoring with 70 points (25 goals, 45 assists).

*Boston's Brad Marchand ranks third in the NHL in goals (37) and fifth in points (81). 

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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