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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Tuesday, November 3

6:00 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus

Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

The Stars (9-3-0) had a three-game winning streak snapped with a 4-1 loss at Toronto Monday. The Stars outshot the Maple Leafs 44-26, but Toronto goaltender James Reimer was superb in turning away 43 shots.

“I don’t know if we deserved to win. We had a couple of missed assignments in front of our own net,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “I thought Reimer was really good. He made some real key saves. We missed some opportunities that could have changed the momentum. But I think when you hand a team a couple of goals on missed assignments, I don’t think you deserve to win.”

Tuesday’s game is the second of a four-game road trip for the Stars and will be the first time this season they are playing on the second night of a back-to-back.

“It’s going to be a good challenge for us,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn. “We are going into a tough barn to play a good team. We’ll see what happens.”

Benn, who scored the Stars’ only goal Monday, was the NHL’s first star for the month of October after registering 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) in 11 games during the month.

Injuries: F Patrick Eaves (lower body), F Travis Moen (upper body) and F Curtis McKenzie (hip) are out.

The Bruins (6-3-1) won their fourth straight game, downing the Lightning, 3-1, in Tampa on Saturday. Tampa Bay took the early lead, but the Bruins scored three straight including the game-winner by ex-Lightning forward Brett Connolly early in the third period.

“I thought our guys handled what they threw at us early in the game,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “We weathered the storm, and then we just seemed to keep getting better. Our forecheck, our determination, our battles ... everything seemed to be there. We got great goaltending again. A really good effort.”

The Bruins have outscored their opponents 17-5 during their four-game winning streak. Since starting the season 0-3-0, the Bruins are 6-0-1 in their past seven games.

Boston center David Krejci (seven goals, eight assists in ten games) was the NHL’s third star of the month for October. Forward Brad Marchand (four goals, two assists in three games) was the NHL’s first star of the week.

Injuries: C Joonas Kemppainen (undisclosed) is day to day. D Dennis Seidenberg (back) is out.

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

*The Stars were 1-1-0 against Boston last season.

*The Stars have won their last two games in Boston.

*Boston leads the NHL in goal scoring at 3.90 per game.

*The Stars rank third in goal scoring at 3.42 per game.

*After allowing 29 goals in their first seven games, the Bruins have allowed just two in their past three games.

*The Bruins have the NHL’s top-ranked power play at 35.3 percent (12-34).

*The Stars rank third on the power play at 25.0 percent (10-40).

*The Stars have allowed six power-play goals over the past four games and are 9-15 (60.0 percent) on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*The Bruins have allowed a power-play goal in eight of their ten games this year and are tied for 26th on the penalty kill at 75.0 percent (27-36).

*Stars captain Jamie Benn leads the NHL in goals (10) and points (18).

*Stars center Tyler Seguin ranks second in the league in points (17) and leads the NHL in assists (12).

*Bruins center David Krejci ranks fourth in the NHL in points (15) and is tied for third in goals (7).

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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