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Stars-Canucks Preview

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Vancouver Canucks at Dallas Stars

Thursday, December 19
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (16-12-5) are coming off a 3-2 victory over Colorado at American Airlines Center on Tuesday. The Stars overcame 1-0 and 2-1 deficits in the game. Colton Sceviour scored the game-winner with 2:52 remaining in regulation for the Stars, who bounced back from Monday’s 6-2 loss to the Avalanche in Denver.

“To come back here the next day and get a chance against that same team is always a good feeling as a player and we knew if we played our style of play we could come back and beat them,” said Sceviour. “We played our game tonight, maybe we were down a couple of times, but we kept it to one and battled our way back and got a big win.”

Ray Whitney snapped a 13-game goal scoring drought with two goals. Dan Ellis, who stopped 25 shots, has won his last three starts and is 4-0-0 at home.

The Stars signed D Maxime Fortunus of the Texas Stars to a one-year contract on Wednesday, and assigned D Jamie Oleksiak to Texas.

Injuries: C Vernon Fiddler (upper body) is questionable. D Aaron Rome (lower body), D Trevor Daley (ankle) and D Stephane Robidas (leg) are out.

About the Canucks

The Canucks (20-10-6) had a seven-game winning streak snapped with a 3-2 shootout loss at Minnesota on Tuesday. Vancouver was up 1-0 and 2-1 in the game, but could never extend the lead.

"We need to get the next [goal]. We've been getting the next one and we didn't tonight," Canucks coach John Tortorella said.

The Canucks have lost their last three shootouts and fell to 1-4 in shootouts this season.

"We [stink] in the shootout. Yeah, we do. We’ve got to try different people I guess because we stink at it," Tortorella said.

The Canucks lost defenseman Ryan Stanton in the second period of the game to an ankle injury. He flew back to Vancouver and is out for Thursday.

Thursday’s game in Dallas is the second of a three-game road trip for the Canucks. They wrap it up Friday in Chicago.

Injuries: F Alex Burrows (jaw), D Alex Edler (lower body), F Jordan Schroeder (ankle) and D Ryan Stanton (ankle) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the second of three meetings between the Stars and Canucks.

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

*November 19, Dallas at Vancouver: Stars 2, Canucks 1.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 3-1-2 in their last six home games.

*The Canucks are 3-1-1 in their last five road games.

*The Stars are 3-12 (25.0 percent) on the power play over the last three games.

*The Canucks are 3-6 (50 percent) on the power play over the last three games.

*The Stars are 21-23 (91.3 percent) on the penalty kill in their last five home games.

*The Canucks are 21-22 (95.5 percent) on the penalty kill over the last eight games overall.

*The Canucks have allowed 1.25 goals per game during their eight-game points streak.

*Vancouver goaltenders Roberto Luongo and Eddie Lack have stopped 243 of 253 shots for a .960 save percentage over the last eight games.

*Tyler Seguin leads Dallas in goals (18) and points (33).

*Ryan Kesler leads Vancouver with 15 goals.

*Daniel and Henrik Sedin co-lead the Canucks with 32 points.

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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