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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars at Boston Bruins

Tuesday February 10, 2015
6:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (24-21-8) defeated the New York Rangers, 3-2, in overtime at Madison Square Garden Sunday. After giving up the game-tying goal with 1:20 left in the regulation, the Stars bounced back to win on an Ales Hemsky goal 1:02 into extra playing time. It was the first win in four-on-four overtime in seven tries for Dallas this season.

"It helps you to believe again because we've had some tough stuff happen to us," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "To win in overtime, that helps us. It's been a little bit of a struggle."

Sunday’s win snapped a three-game winless streak for the Stars.

The Stars did not practice Monday, opting for off-ice workouts.

Tuesday’s game wraps up a three-game road trip for the Stars, who are 1-1-0 in the first two games.

Tuesday’s game will be center Tyler Seguin’s second game in Boston since the Stars acquired him from the Bruins in a blockbuster deal in the summer of 2013. It’s not expected to create the same buzz as last year’s game in Boston.

“It’s different this time,” Seguin said.

Injuries: LW Travis Moen (lower body), RW Valeri Nichushkin (hip) and D Patrik Nemeth (arm) are out.

About the Bruins

The Bruins (28-18-7) lost 3-1 to Montreal in Boston Sunday. The Canadiens swept the season series from the Bruins for the first time since 2007-08 and outscored Boston 16-6 in the four games.

“Not good enough,” Boston coach Claude Julien said of the effort Sunday against Montreal. “I don’t think we made [Canadiens goaltender] Carey Price’s night real hard. He didn’t have to move much. He just stood there, stopped the shots, so those are areas that weren’t good enough. In order to beat this team that really gets up for us, our best players have to be our best players and we didn’t have that tonight.”

The Bruins, who have lost two of their last three games, hold the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Tuesday’s game wraps up a three-game homestand for the Bruins, who are 1-1-0 in the first two games.

The Bruins did not practice Monday due to the inclement weather in the Boston area.

Injuries: None

Series Notes

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

*Boston defeated the Stars, 3-1, in Dallas on Jan. 20.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 8-3-2 in their past 13 games on the road.

*The Bruins are 8-2-3 in their past 13 games at home.

*Boston is 9-7-2 vs. the Western Conference, including 5-4-2 against the Central Division.

*The Stars are 10-10-1 vs. the Eastern Conference, including 3-7-0 against the Atlantic Division.

*The Stars are 10-28 (35.7 percent) on the power play over the past seven games.

*The Bruins are 22-23 (95.7 percent) on the penalty kill over the past seven games.

*Stars defenseman John Klingberg has 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in his past 12 games.

*Klingberg leads NHL rookie defensemen in goals with ten and ranks second in points with 28. He leads rookie defensemen with a plus-ten rating.

*Boston’s Milan Lucic has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in his past 13 games.

*Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask is 8-3-2 in his past 13 games with a 1.60 goals against average and .951 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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