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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars at Vancouver Canucks

Saturday March 28, 2015
9:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (36-29-10) had a four-game winning streak end with a 4-0 loss at Edmonton Friday night. The Oilers scored the only goal they would need 33 seconds into the game. They added three more in the third period to put the game away.

“I don’t think we played very well,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “It started with the first shift. We turned the puck over on the first shift and got scored against. We had a lot of turnovers. Defensively we didn’t play very well, and that led to a lot of odd-numbered situations. They played pretty well. They took advantage of their situations, and we just seemed a step behind.”

The loss left the Stars eight points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with just seven games remaining.

“Still believe we have a chance if we run the table,” said Stars center Shawn Horcoff. “We have to put it behind us and get ready for [Saturday at Vancouver].”

Saturday’s game wraps up a three-game road trip through Western Canada for Dallas.

Injuries: D Trevor Daley (lower body) is day to day.

About the Canucks

The Canucks (43-27-4) lost 4-1 to Colorado in Vancouver on Wednesday. Colorado, which played the night before, outshot Vancouver 18-5 in the first period and then built a 3-0 lead in the second.

“It's unacceptable," Vancouver defenseman Luca Sbisa said. “We knew how important this game was. Every game going down the stretch is going to be like a playoff game. Not showing up tonight is not acceptable. It's pretty much like our 'B' team showed up. It's not the same team as we've had the last three or four games.”

The loss ended a three-game winning streak for the Canucks, who are in second place in the Pacific Division. They are two points ahead of third-place Los Angeles and three points ahead of fourth-place Calgary.

Saturday’s game wraps up a three-game homestand for Vancouver.

Injuries: RW Zach Kassian (back) and RW Brad Richardson (ankle) are day to day. G Ryan Miller (knee) is out.

Series Notes

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

*The Stars are 2-0-0 (4 points) in the season series.

*The Canucks are 0-2-0 (0 points) in the series.

*The Stars have won six straight games vs. Vancouver.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 11-5-1 vs. the Pacific Division.

*The Canucks are 8-8-0 vs. the Central Division.

*The Canucks have allowed two goals or fewer in eight of their past 11 games.

*The Stars rank second in the league in scoring at 3.04 goals per game, but have been shut out twice in their past six games.

*The Stars lead the NHL with 91 second-period goals.

*The Canucks rank second in the NHL with 84 second-period goals.

*The Stars have allowed one power-play goal over the past four games and are 9-10 (90.0 percent) on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*The Canucks have scored on the power play in four straight games and are 4-10 (40.0 percent) during that stretch.

*The Canucks have allowed two power play opportunities or fewer in four of their past six games and are 10-14 (71.4 percent) on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*The Stars have drawn 32 power plays over the past seven games and are 7-32 (21.9 percent) during that stretch.

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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