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Stars-Canucks Preview

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dallas Stars at Vancouver Canucks
Thursday, March 16
9:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (27-32-10) lost their third straight game, falling 7-1 at Edmonton Tuesday. The Stars trailed 2-0 after one period and were down 3-0 by early in the second.

"I thought we hit rock bottom last game (5-1 loss to San Jose Sunday), but we got deeper tonight," said Stars forward Tyler Seguin. "We're going to have to find some pride here, play for each other more and work harder or it is going to be a long couple of weeks."

"It's embarrassing is the word to use," said Stars forward Patrick Sharp. "I'm embarrassed, and I'd like to think my teammates are embarrassed as well. Hopefully, we can be a lot better on the rest of this trip."

The Stars have been outscored 17-4 during their three-game losing streak.

The Stars announced Wednesday that they have signed college free agent defenseman Gavin Bayreuther to an entry-level contract. Bayreuther will join the Texas Stars of the AHL on an amateur tryout contract.

Thursday's game is the third of a four-game road trip for the Stars.

Injuries: LW Antoine Roussel (upper body) is out. C/LW Mattias Janmark (knee) is on injured reserve.

About the Canucks

The Canucks (28-32-9) lost their fourth straight game, falling 6-3 to Boston Monday. The Canucks led 3-2 after two periods, but the Bruins scored four times in the third period including an empty-net goal.

"It's disappointing, really disappointing," said Canucks coach Willie Desjardins. "We took a penalty at the end of the second, and that hurt us into the third. But saying that, we were still in a good enough position. We just didn't finish that game."

The Canucks have won just five of their past 20 games (5-12-3).

Thursday's game concludes a five-game homestand for the Canucks.

Injuries: D Christopher Tanev (illness), F Brendan Gaunce (upper body), F Nikolay Goldobin (flu) and F Loui Eriksson (knee) are day to day. G Jacob Markstrom (lower body), F Jack Skille (groin), F Anton Rodin (knee), D Erik Gudbranson (wrist surgery) and Derek Dorsett (neck surgery) are on injured reserve.

Season Series

*This is the third and final meeting of the season between the Stars and Canucks.

*The Stars are 1-0-1 in the season series.

*Nov. 13, at Vancouver: Canucks 5, Stars 4 (OT)
*Nov. 25, at Dallas: Stars 2, Canucks 1

*The Stars are 11-0-1 in their past 12 games against the Canucks.

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars are 9-20-4 on the road.

*The Canucks are 18-12-6 at home.

*The Stars are 9-5-2 vs. the Pacific Division.

*The Canucks are 8-6-2 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars have allowed five or more goals in three straight games and in seven of the past 13 games.

*The Canucks have scored two goals or fewer in nine of their past 13 games.

*The Canucks are 1-31 on the power play over the past 13 games.

*The Stars have allowed 31 power-play goals over their past 32 games and are 66-97 (68.0 percent) on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars in scoring with 67 points (23 goals, 44 assists).

*Bo Horvat leads the Canucks in scoring with 46 points (20 goals, 26 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 DallasStars.com 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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