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Stars-Bruins Preview

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Saturday, February 20

7:00 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest

Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

The Stars (37-16-6) lost 6-3 at Arizona Thursday. The Stars led 1-0 after one period, but the Coyotes scored three times in the second and three times in the third to hand the Stars their second straight loss (0-1-1).

“We’ve got to be ready to go and be ready to play a good, solid defensive game against any team in this league. We can’t take games off like we did tonight,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn.

The Stars, who went 1-1-1 on a three-game road trip, had a six-game road points streak snapped.

Center Jason Spezza, who had missed the previous six games with an upper-body injury, returned to the lineup and registered two assists.

Saturday’s game kicks off a stretch that will see the Stars play five of their next seven games at home.

Injuries: LW Travis Moen (lower body) is on injured reserve.

The Bruins (31-26-6) are coming off a 2-0 loss at Nashville Thursday. The Predators scored both their goals in the first period and goaltender Pekka Rinne held off Boston the rest of the way.

“Wasn't good enough," Bruins coach Claude Julien told “The first period wasn't very good. Theirs was extremely good. They came at us hard, and we kept turning pucks over in our own end, and they got a couple of goals there.”

Boston was shut out for only the second time this season.

The Bruins were 0-4 on the power play and are 0-19 with the man-advantage over the past five games.

Saturday’s game wraps up a six-game road trip for the Bruins, who are 3-2-0 in the first five games.

Injuries: C Chris Kelly (leg) is on injured reserve.

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

*The Stars won, 5-3, in Boston on Nov. 3. Tyler Seguin led the Stars offensive attack with three goals.

*The Bruins have won two straight games in Dallas and three of the past four at American Airlines Center.

*The Stars are 16-7-1 vs. the Eastern Conference including 7-4-0 vs. the Atlantic Division.

*The Bruins are 7-10-3 vs. the Western Conference including 4-6-0 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars are 6-2-1 since the All-Star break.

*The Bruins are 5-3-1 since the break.

*The Stars are averaging 3.22 goals per game since the break and allowing 3.22 goals per game.

*Boston is averaging 2.89 goals per game since the break and allowing 3.22 goals per game.

*The Bruins rank last on the power play since the break at 3.1 percent (1-32).

*The Stars are 7-34 (20.6 percent) on the power play since the break and are tied for 15th in the league.

*Stars forward Tyler Seguin is tied for sixth in scoring since the All-Star break with 12 points (6 goals, 6 assists).

*Bruins forward Brad Marchand is tied for second in goals since the All-Star break with 8.

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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