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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars at Boston Bruins

Tuesday, November 5
6 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 (6-6-2) are coming off a 4-3 shootout win in Ottawa on Sunday. The Stars had a 2-0 lead in the game and then a 3-2 lead, but gave up a goal with 9.3 seconds left in regulation that forced overtime.

"We're going to have to learn how to win. Again, we made it tough on ourselves,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “We’re going to have to fix a few of those mistakes that we made and get a greater understanding of when you are up 2-0 in a game what kind of opportunities you want to give up.”

Monday’s game will be the first time Stars forwards Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley have played against the Bruins since they were traded to Dallas in July.

“I have no idea what to expect, but I am excited,” Seguin said after Monday’s practice in Boston. “I saw some of the guys when I got in yesterday and it’s going to be a cool experience.”

“It’s a lot of fun coming back. It’s a great city and it was home for three years,” Peverley said. “I loved being here and it will be fun playing tomorrow night.”

Kari Lehtonen is the likely starter for the Stars.

Injuries: None

About the Bruins

The Bruins (8-5-0) are coming off a 3-1 loss at the New York Islanders on Saturday. It was the third loss in the last four games (1-3-0) for the Bruins, who had won seven of their first nine games.

"I don't know what you want to call it, but I call it not good enough," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "There's no way in the world you should come in here and play the way you play. We're not competing hard enough. We're just not good enough right now. You see the difference in the team that beat you tonight. The energy and the effort that was put in compared to us … sometimes you think you're working hard, but you're not, so we've got to certainly rectify that and try and get our team back on track. Talent alone is not going to win you hockey games."

Bruins forward Loui Eriksson, who has been out since October 23 with a concussion, practiced with the team Monday and went through contact drills. Eriksson, who was acquired by Boston in the Tyler Seguin deal, is a game day decision.

Reilly Smith, also acquired in the Seguin deal, has 7 points (1 goal, 6 assists) in 13 games for Boston this season.

Injuries: RW Loui Eriksson (concussion) is questionable. D Johnny Boychuk (upper body) is day to day.

Series Notes

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

*The two teams did not meet last season.

*The Stars and Bruins last met December 31, 2011 in Dallas. The Stars won 4-2.

*The Stars are 30-74-23 all-time against the Bruins, including 10-43-10 in Boston.

Statistical tidbits

*Boston is 2-3-0 in its last five home games.

*The Stars are 2-3-0 in their last five road games.

*The Stars are 3-1-2 overall since goaltender Kari Lehtonen returned from a lower body injury.

*The Stars are 16-18 (88.9 percent) on the penalty kill over the last 6 games.

*The Stars are 1-18 (5.6 percent) on the power play over the last 6 games.

*The Stars are 3-2-0 vs. the Eastern Conference.

*The Bruins are 2-1-0 vs. the Western Conference.

*Tyler Seguin leads Dallas in goals (6) and points (15).

*Milan Lucic leads Boston with 6 goals.

*David Krejci leads Boston with 13 points (2 goals, 11 assists).

*Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen is 5-2-2 with a 1.94 goals against average and .936 save percentage.

*Boston netminder Tuukka Rask is 7-4-0 with a 1.73 goals against average and .940 save percentage.

This story was not subject to the 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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