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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars at Arizona Coyotes


Tuesday November 11, 2014
8:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus (Channel Guide)
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (4-6-4) are coming off a 5-3 loss to San Jose Saturday at American Airlines Center. The loss pushed the Stars’ winless streak to seven games (0-5-2). The Stars had a 3-1 lead going into the third period, but San Jose scored three goals in less than seven minutes to take a 4-3 lead.

“In the first 40 minutes, there was very little bad. The last 20 minutes, I just thought we became mentally weak,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “Mentally, we didn’t handle adversity well. That’s frustrating because there’s going to be lots of times we have to deal with it.”

The Stars have lost four straight in regulation and have been outscored 15-7 in those games.

C Cody Eakin, who has missed the last two games with an upper body injury, skated on his own Monday. He is questionable for Tuesday. D Alex Goligoski (undisclosed) had a maintenance day Monday. He is expected to play vs. Arizona.

The Stars recalled D John Klingberg from Texas (AHL) Sunday. He could make his NHL debut vs. the Coyotes.

Tuesday’s game kicks off a two-game road trip for the Stars.

Injuries: C Cody Eakin (upper body) is questionable. RW Valeri Nichushkin (hip/groin) and D Patrik Nemeth (arm) are out.

About the Coyotes

The Coyotes (6-7-1) are coming off a 1-0 loss to the New York Islanders in Glendale Saturday night. New York’s Frans Nielsen scored with 2:31 left in the third period to snap the scoreless tie and end the Coyotes’ three-game winning streak. The Coyotes, playing on the second night of a back-to-back, were outshot 33-19 and failed to take advantage of five power plays.

“You have to give them some credit, but we didn't have the normal zip that we have on our power play,” said Arizona coach Dave Tippett. “You're trying to give yourself a chance to win, even though you're coming into the game at a disadvantage. We did that for a lot of the game. We needed somebody to make that play to make that difference. Unfortunately, they got it.”

Goaltender Mike Smith made 32 saves in Saturday’s game and has a 1.64 goals against average and .951 save percentage (97 saves on 102 shots) over his last three starts.

“We're still making strides forward and certainly strides forward in Mike Smith's game,” Tippett said. “We're playing better as a group and hopefully we can take those positives and continue on next week.”

Tuesday’s game concludes a two-game homestand for Arizona.

Injuries: F David Moss (upper body) is out.

Series Notes

*This is the first of three meetings between the Stars and Coyotes.

*The Stars were 2-1-0 (4 points) vs. Arizona last season.

*The Coyotes were 1-2-0 (2 points) vs. Dallas last season.

*The Stars are 82-63-19 all-time vs. the Arizona franchise.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 3-3-0 on the road.

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

*The Coyotes are 0-3-1 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars are 1-2-1 vs. the Pacific Division.

*The Stars have been outscored 21-9 in third periods.

*The Coyotes have been outscored 19-9 in first periods.

*Arizona has allowed eight power play goals over the last seven games and is 15-23 (65.2 percent) on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*The Stars are 1-20 (5.0 percent) on the power play over their last five games.

*C Tyler Seguin leads the Stars in goals (10) and points (19).

*LW Mikkel Boedker leads the Coyotes in goals (5), and D Keith Yandle leads the team in points (11).

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 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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