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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars at Carolina Hurricanes

Thursday March 12, 2015
6:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (30-27-10) won 2-1 at Philadelphia. Kari Lehtonen stopped 25 shot and Brett Ritchie and Vernon Fiddler scored goals for the Stars, who overcame an early 1-0 deficit. Fiddler scored the game-winning goal with 6:10 left in the third period, snapping a 1-1 tie.

“I thought after the [first eight minutes] we played a heck of a game,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “We got them on their heels, we turned it around in the second period, and we put that first ten minutes behind us.”

Defenseman John Klingberg, who left Tuesday’s game with an upper-body injury and defenseman Jason Demers, who missed Tuesday’s game due to illness, are expected to be game-time decisions Thursday. Center Cody Eakin, who missed Tuesday’s game due to a team discipline issue, is expected to be a game-time decision as well.

The Stars are 2-1-0 in the first three games of a stretch of five straight road games against Eastern Conference teams. They enter Thursday’s game eight points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Injuries: D Jason Demers (illness) and D John Klingberg (upper body) are questionable. D Trevor Daley (lower body), LW Travis Moen (upper body) and RW Valeri Nichushkin (hip) are out.

About the Hurricanes

The Hurricanes (25-32-8) lost 4-3 in a shootout to Columbus in Raleigh Tuesday night. Carolina had 2-0 and 3-1 leads in the game, but Columbus scored twice in the third to force extra playing time before winning in the skills competition.

“I thought we stopped working to be honest with you,” Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. “I didn't think we competed as hard and didn't execute very well with the puck. We maybe thought it was going to be easy and continue to get two or three a period without putting work in, but it doesn't work that way.”

The Hurricanes have lost three of their past four games (1-2-1).

Thursday’s game is the fourth a five-game homestand for Carolina.

Injuries: D Jack Hillen (concussion) is questionable.

Series Notes

*This is the second and final meeting of the season between the Stars and Hurricanes.

*The Hurricanes won, 6-4, in Dallas on Nov. 18.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 9-9-3 since the All-Star break.

*The Hurricanes are 8-7-3 since the break.

*The Stars are 15-11-2 vs. the Eastern Conference, including 9-3-1 against the Metropolitan Division.

*The Hurricanes are 9-14-3 vs. the Western Conference, including 3-7-2 against the Central Division.

*Carolina has scored five power play goals in the past two games, cashing in on five of nine power play opportunities.

*Carolina has allowed five power play goals in the past two games, going 3-8 on the penalty kill.

*The Stars are 15-16 on the penalty kill over the past six games.

*Stars center Vernon Fiddler has scored four goals over the past four games.

*Carolina forward Elias Lindholm has six points (three goals, three assists) over the past two 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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