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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars at Montreal Canadiens

Tuesday January 27, 2015
6:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (21-18-7) headed into the All-Star break with a 3-1 loss to Boston at American Airlines Center. The Stars, who are 11-5-2 in their last 18 games, are four points out of the second wild card spot in the Western Conference.

“I really like the way we’ve been playing, and we’ve been playing well for a good stretch,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “That last loss at home hurt, but I felt we had the edge in play. We’ve been moving our way up, and we’ve got to keep on moving.”

D Trevor Daley (undisclosed), RW Patrick Eaves (ankle) and RW Brett Ritchie (undisclosed) all practiced Monday and are likely to play Tuesday. LW Erik Cole (upper body) practiced Monday in a red no-contact jersey and is not expected to play against Montreal.

Tuesday’s game kicks off a three-game road trip for the Stars, who also play at Ottawa and Winnipeg. Twenty-one of the Stars’ final 36 games this season are on the road.

Injuries: D Trevor Daley (undisclosed), RW Patrick Eaves (ankle) and RW Brett Ritchie (undisclosed) are probable. LW Erik Cole (upper body), RW Valeri Nichushkin (hip) and D Patrik Nemeth (arm) are out.

About the Canadiens

The Canadiens (29-13-3) won their final game before the break, defeating Nashville, 2-1, in overtime in Montreal on Tuesday. The Canadiens are in third place in the Atlantic Division, three points behind first-place Tampa Bay. Montreal is 11 points ahead of ninth place in the Eastern Conference.

“It’s the push towards the playoffs. Our goal is to get to the dance,” goaltender Carey Price told Montreal’s official site. “We just have to be consistent from here to the end of the year to do that.”

Since losing 4-1 to the Stars on Dec. 6, the Canadiens are 12-3-1 in their past 16 games.

Montreal plays five of its first six games after the break at home.

Injuries: Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (concussion) is out.

Series Notes

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

*The Stars won the previous meeting, defeating the Canadiens, 4-1, in Dallas on Dec. 6.

*The Stars are 4-6-2 at Montreal since moving to Dallas in 1993.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 5-1-2 in their last eight road games.

*The Canadiens are 11-3-2 in their last 16 games at home.

*The Stars are 8-7-1 vs. the Eastern Conference.

*The Canadiens are 9-7-1 vs. the Western Conference including 6-4-0 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars rank fourth in the league in scoring at 3.09 goals per game.

*Montreal ranks fourth in the league in goals against at 2.33 per game.

*The Canadiens have scored seven power play goals over their past four games (7-18).

*The Stars are 3-37 on the power play over their past nine games.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars in goals (28) and points (52).

*Max Pacioretty leads the Canadiens in goals (21) and points (38).

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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