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by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dallas Stars at Vancouver Canucks
Sunday, November 13
3:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (6-6-3) are coming off a 3-2 win at Edmonton Friday. Kari Lehtonen stopped 40 shots and Antoine Roussel's goal late in the second period snapped a 2-2 tie as the Stars won consecutive games for the first time this season.

"I thought we played our best defensive game," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. "We knew how dangerous [Oilers forward Connor] McDavid was going to be, and we tried to pay special attention to him, make sure we limited his inside opportunities. We gave him some outside time, but not much inside time. I thought our guys played the best defensive game of the year for us."

Lauri Korpikoski and Patrick Eaves also scored for the Stars, and Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn both had two assists.

Stars defenseman Dan Hamhuis, who played in Vancouver the past six seasons, will play against the Canucks for the first time since signing with the Stars as a free agent over the summer.

Sunday's game wraps up a five-game road trip for the Stars, who have picked up five of a possible eight points so far (2-1-1).

Injuries: RW Patrick Sharp (concussion) and C Jason Spezza (lower body) are doubtful. RW Jiri Hudler (illness), C Cody Eakin (knee), C/LW Mattias Janmark (knee) and RW Ales Hemsky (hip) are on injured reserve.

About the Canucks

The Canucks (5-9-1) wrapped up a six-game road trip with a 3-1 loss at Detroit Thursday. It was the tenth loss in the past 11 games (1-9-1) for Vancouver, which started the season 4-0-0. The Canucks are struggling to score, tallying just 18 goals over their past 11 games.

"We're playing well, and we're doing what we are supposed to do," Canucks forward Daniel Sedin said. "We just can't get anything to go in the net. At some point, we have to start scoring goals and winning games. We can't be satisfied with creating chances."

The Canucks went 1-5-0 on their six-game road trip. Sunday's game begins a four-game homestand.

Injuries: F Jannik Hansen (rib), D Chris Tanev (lower body) and C Jayson Megna (undisclosed) are on injured reserve.

Season Series

*This is the first of three games between the Stars and Canucks this season.

*The Stars were 3-0-0 vs. Vancouver last season.

*The Canucks were 0-1-2 vs. Dallas last season.

*The Stars have won ten straight games against the Canucks.

*Vancouver's last win against the Stars was Feb. 21, 2013.

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars are 3-0-1 vs. the Pacific Division.

*The Canucks are 1-0-0 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars are 3-4-2 on the road.

*The Canucks are 4-3-0 at home.

*The Canucks rank last in the NHL in goal scoring at 1.80 per game.

*The Canucks have been shut out a league-high four times this season.

*The Canucks are 1-25 on the power play over the past ten games.

*The Stars are 5-16 on the power play in the first four games of their road trip.

*Stars left wing Antoine Roussel has recorded points in five straight games (2 goals, 4 assists).

*Through Friday, Stars center Tyler Seguin was tied for third in the NHL with 17 points (7 goals, 10 assists).

*Henrik Sedin leads the Canucks in scoring with 9 points (5 goals, 4 assists).

This story was not subject to 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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