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Stars-Hurricanes Preview

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Carolina Hurricanes at Dallas Stars

Tuesday November 18
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (6-8-4) are coming off a 6-2 loss at Chicago Sunday. The game was tied 2-2 heading into the third period, but Chicago outshot the Stars 23-5 and scored four unanswered goals to secure the victory.

“We’re just finding ways to give these games away,” said Stars center Vernon Fiddler. “You look at a team like Chicago, they find a way to find some life. They create some momentum in our end in the d-zone, get us running around a little bit and it ends up in the back of our net. That’s a good hockey team over there, but that’s the thing we have to find a way to do.”

Tuesday’s game begins a stretch of five straight games at home, where the Stars are winless in their last six (0-4-2) and are 1-4-4 this season.

“Everyone feels it is time to [fix things at home],” said Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski. “Good teams are great at home. Until we can work our way back in it and get some home wins, we are going to be just another team.”

The Stars placed defenseman Kevin Connauton on waivers Monday.

Injuries: Patrick Eaves (lower body), RW Valeri Nichushkin (hip/groin) and D Patrick Nemeth (arm) are out.

About the Hurricanes

The Hurricanes (5-9-3) lost their third straight game, falling 2-0 to San Jose Sunday. The Hurricanes outshot San Jose, 45-19, but Sharks goaltender Troy Grosenick was perfect in his NHL debut.

"He played well obviously, first career start and he gets a shutout on the road," Carolina coach Bill Peters said. "He did his job and [we] need to make it harder on goaltenders, not only tonight, but on most nights. [We need] somebody in the blue paint, somebody in the goaltender's eyes."

The Hurricanes have scored two goals over their past three games, including just one goal on 79 shots over the past two contests.

Since staring the season 0-6-2, the Hurricanes are 5-3-1 in their past nine games.

Tuesday’s game kicks off a five-game road trip.

Injuries: RW Alexander Semin (upper body) and D Jay Harrison (lower body) are questionable. C Jordan Staal (leg) is out.

Series Notes

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

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

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

*The Stars are 39-26-6 all-time vs. the Carolina franchise.

*The Stars have won six straight at home against the Hurricanes and are 10-0-1 against Carolina in the last 11 games in Dallas.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 1-4-4 at home this season.

*The Hurricanes are 1-6-2 on the road.

*The Stars are allowing 3.33 goals per game at home, which is tied for 28th in the NHL.

*The Hurricanes are scoring 1.89 goals per game on the road, which is tied for 26th in the NHL.

*The Stars have scored two goals or fewer in seven of their last nine games.

*Stars captain Jamie Benn has not scored in his last 11 games. His last goal came on Oct. 24 at New Jersey.

*Tyler Seguin leads Dallas in goals (12) and points (22).

* Jiri Tlusty leads Carolina in goals (7), and Riley Nash leads the Hurricanes in points (12).

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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