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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Thursday, February 18

8:00 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest

Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

The Stars (37-15-6) lost 2-1 in overtime at St. Louis Tuesday. Mattias Janmark scored with 6:34 remaining in regulation to tie the game and get the Stars to overtime, but St. Louis defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored on the power play 1:11 into the extra period. The Stars were 0-7 on the power play.

“That’s a good point,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “Coming off the back-to-back, huge game [Monday night in Nashville] and they are sitting here rested. I thought we played a smart game. If our execution was a little better, we would have come out with two.”

The Stars had a four-game winning streak snapped and lost for just the second time since the All-Star break (6-1-1).

The Stars reassigned LW Curtis McKenzie to the Texas Stars of the AHL on Wednesday.

The Stars had an off day on Wednesday.

Thursday’s game wraps up a three-game road trip for the Stars, who are 5-0-1 in their past six games away from home.

Injuries: C Jason Spezza (upper body) is day to day. LW Travis Moen (lower body) is out.

The Coyotes (26-24-6) are coming off a 6-2 win over Montreal in Glendale Monday. The six goals were the most the Coyotes have scored this season and the first time they’ve scored six in more than year (Jan. 3, 2015).

"We were talking before the game about going hard to the net and making it hard on the goalie,” Coyotes center Martin Hanzal, who registered one goal and two assists, told “We got the first couple of goals with hard work. These are games we have to have now."

The Coyotes have won two of their past three games following a five-game losing streak.

The two points gave the Coyotes 58 for the season, two more than they had all last season. The Coyotes were four points out of the second wild-card spot in the West through Tuesday.

Arizona announced that goaltender Anders Lindback is likely done for the season after injuring his Achilles tendon while stretching before Monday’s game.

Thursdays’ game is the second of a three-game homestand for the Coyotes.

Injuries: C Boyd Gordon (upper body), G Mike Smith (abdominal surgery), C Joe Vitale (fractured orbital bone) and G Anders Lindback (Achilles tendon) are out.

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

*The Stars were 3-0-0 against Arizona last season.

*The Stars have won five of their past six games against Arizona.

*The Stars are 8-3-3 vs. the Pacific Division.

*The Coyotes are 6-6-1 vs. the Central Division.

*Four of the Stars’ past seven games have gone into overtime.

*The Stars are 6-4 in 3-on-3 overtime this season.

*The Coyotes are 6-4 in 3-on-3 overtime.

*The Stars are 5-0-1 in their past six road games.

*The Coyotes are 3-2-1 in the past six home games.

*The Coyotes are 9-27 (33.3 percent) on the power play over the past six games.

*The Stars are 4-24 (16.7 percent) on the power play over the past six games.

*Stars forward Mattias Janmark has scored a goal in three straight games.

*Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal has scored three goals in the past four games.

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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