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by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Carolina Hurricanes at Dallas Stars
Saturday, February 11
1:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (21-24-10) lost their fourth straight game, falling 3-2 at Ottawa Thursday. The Stars fell behind 2-0 in the first period, allowing a shorthanded goal and scoring into their own empty net during a delayed penalty. They rallied to tie in the second, but Ottawa's Mark Stone scored the game-winner early in the third period.

"We've picked almost every way of losing so far, including shooting one in your own net," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "It is frustrating."

"We came back and tied it up, so all we had to do was win 20 minutes of hockey, and all that other stuff is a non-factor," said Stars captain Jamie Benn. "We're right there. We just need to get a little more from everybody."

The Stars assigned defenseman Julius Honka to the Texas Stars of the AHL of Friday.

The Stars play at home Saturday and then head back out for three straight games on the road.

Injuries: D Jamie Oleksiak (hand) is day to day. C Jason Spezza (upper body), D Johnny Oduya (ankle), C/LW Mattias Janmark (knee) and RW Ales Hemsky (hip) are on injured reserve.

About the Hurricanes

The Hurricanes (24-21-7) had a three-game winning streak snapped with a 5-0 loss at Washington Tuesday. The Capitals jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period and then put the game away with three more goals in the third. Washington scored on two of three chances on the power play.

"That's a big difference in the game," Carolina coach Bill Peters told the team's official site. "If you're going to stay with them, you've got to keep up. If you lose the specialty teams battle in this building, you're probably going to lose the game."

Heading into Friday's games, the Hurricanes were in 13th place in the East and five points out of the playoffs with four games in hand on Boston, which holds the second wild-card spot.

Saturday's game will be the third straight on the road for Carolina, which will then get its five-day bye week.

Injuries: LW Bryan Bickell (multiple sclerosis) is on injured reserve.

Season Series

*This is the first of two meetings between the Stars and Hurricanes this season.

*The Stars were 2-0-0 vs. Carolina last season.

*The Stars are 7-1-0 in their past eight home games against Carolina.

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars are 14-9-6 at home.

*The Hurricanes are 7-15-6 on the road.

*The Stars are 5-10-4 vs. the Eastern Conference including 2-5-3 against the Metropolitan Division.

*The Hurricanes are 9-5-3 vs. the Western Conference including 4-1-1 against the Central Division.

*The Stars have allowed three goals or more in 11 of their past 12 games, excluding goals awarded in games decided by a shootout.

*The Hurricanes have scored two goals or fewer in seven of their past nine games.

*Carolina leads the league in penalty killing at 86.5 percent.

*The Stars rank 29th in penalty killing at 73.8 percent.

*Dallas has allowed nine shorthanded goals, most in the league.

*Carolina has scored six shorthanded goals, tied for third most in the league.

*Stars captain Jamie Benn has recorded 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in his past ten games.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars in goals (20) and points (51).

*Forward Jeff Skinner leads Carolina in goals (18) and points (37).

This story was not subject to 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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