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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Arizona Coyotes at Dallas Stars

Thursday November 20, 2014
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (6-9-4) are coming off a 6-4 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday at American Airlines Center. The loss pushed the Stars’ winless streak at home to seven games (0-5-2) and dropped them to 1-5-4 at the AAC this season. The Stars had a 2-0 lead after one period, but Carolina scored four goals in the second period and another nine seconds into the third to build a 5-2 lead.

“It was a little bit of the story of our season so far. We can’t put together a full 60 minutes,” said Stars center Jason Spezza. “When we do, we win games. It just seems like when we give up one [goal], we give up two and it snowballs. … It’s obviously frustrating. We are all really frustrated with the way things have gone. Nobody could have predicted this. This is the time to look yourself in the mirror and become a better player.”

The Stars are 2-8-2 in their last 12 games overall.

Forward Ryan Garbutt missed Tuesday’s game with an upper body injury and is expected to be out about one week.

Forward Patrick Eaves, who has missed three games with a lower body injury, is expected to play Thursday.

Defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka, who was called up from Texas (AHL) on Tuesday, is expected to be in the lineup Thursday.

Injuries: LW Ryan Garbutt (upper body), RW Valeri Nichushkin (hip) and D Patrik Nemeth (arm) are out.

About the Coyotes

The Coyotes (8-9-2) are coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to Washington in Glendale Tuesday night. Eric Fehr’s goal at 3:16 of the extra period snapped a two-game winning streak for the Coyotes, who did extend their points streak to three games (2-0-1).

“We competed hard tonight. There’s some execution I’d still like to see improve,” said Arizona coach Dave Tippett. “Where we are with a few injuries and trying to get ourselves real competitive in games and not give up many chances, that’s how we have to play.”

Arizona has allowed three goals over the past three games, two in regulation.

Thursday’s game kicks off a three-game road trip for the Coyotes. They play at Dallas, San Jose and Anaheim.

Injuries: F Rob Klinkhammer (upper body) is day to day. D Brandon Gormley (lower body) and F David Moss (upper body) are out.

Series Notes

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

*The Stars won the first meeting, 4-3, in Arizona on Nov. 11.

*The Stars have won four straight games against the Coyotes in Dallas.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have lost five straight in regulation at home.

*Arizona is 4-1-0 in its last five games on the road.

*The Stars have allowed 12 goals over the past two games.

*The Coyotes have allowed three goals over the last three games.

*The Stars are 0-9 on the power play over the last four games.

*The Coyotes are 12-13 on the penalty kill over the last four games.

*Arizona ranks fifth in the league in faceoffs at 52.8 percent.

*The Stars rank 20th in faceoffs at 49.0 percent.

*Stars forward Tyler Seguin leads the NHL in goal scoring with 14. Seguin ranked third in points (24) through Tuesday’s games.

* Mikkel Boedker leads the Coyotes in goals with seven. Keith Yandle leads the Coyotes in points with 14.

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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