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Stars-Hurricanes Preview

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Friday, November 6

6:00 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest

Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

The Stars (10-3-0) are coming off a 5-3 win in Boston on Tuesday. Tyler Seguin scored three goals against his former team, and Kari Lehtonen stopped 36 shots for the Stars, who bounced back from a 4-1 loss in Toronto the night before.

“That was the message coming into this game, and we didn’t have the best effort there in Toronto. I thought we responded well as a team,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn, who had two assists. “Even though they probably doubled us in shots, I thought we played a much better game on the defensive side.”

The Stars have won five of their past six games on the road. Friday’s game is the third of a four-game road trip for Dallas.

Forward Ales Hemsky (hip), who missed Tuesday’s game, practiced on Thursday. He could be ready to play Friday, but Stars coach Lindy Ruff will have to decide if he wants to make a change to the lineup that won in Boston.

“He’s doing better. We’ll see where he is tomorrow,” Ruff said about Hemsky. “He’ll probably be available to play. … Pushes me into a decision of where I want to go.”

Injuries: F Patrick Eaves (lower body), F Travis Moen (upper body) and F Curtis McKenzie (hip) are out.

The Hurricanes (5-7-0) last played Sunday, losing 4-3 to Tampa Bay in Raleigh. Carolina led 1-0 after one period, but the Lightning scored the next four goals to take control of the game.

“I think we were too loose with the puck," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters told reporters after the game. “We turned it over too many times, and it led to goals against, led to penalties, which led to momentum for them. I would probably say our decision-making wasn't good enough.”

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Carolina.

Friday’s game is the third of a four-game homestand for the Hurricanes.

Carolina assigned Forward Joakim Nordstrom to Charlotte (AHL) on a conditioning stint Thursday. Nordstrom has missed the past nine games with a lower-body injury.

Carolina coach Bill Peters was named to Canada’s coaching staff for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey on Thursday.

Injuries: D James Wisniewski (ACL) is out.

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

The Stars were 1-1-0 vs. Carolina last season.

The Stars are 3-1-0 in their past four games at Carolina.

*The Stars are 5-2-0 on the road.

*The Hurricanes are 1-3-0 at home.

*The Stars are 6-2-0 vs. the Eastern Conference.

*The Hurricanes are 2-3-0 vs. the Western Conference with both their wins coming against Colorado.

*Through Wednesday, the Stars ranked third in goal scoring at 3.54 per game.

*Carolina ranked 27th in goal scoring at 2.17 per game through Wednesday.

*The Stars have allowed three goals or more in each of their past six games.

*The Hurricanes have scored three goals in each of the past four games.

*The Stars ranked second in the league on the power play at 29.6 percent through Wednesday.

*The Hurricanes are 10-12 (83.3) percent on the penalty kill over their past five games.

*The Stars have allowed seven power-play goals over the past five games and are 12-19 (63.2 percent) on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*Through Wednesday, Dallas’ Jamie Benn (10 goals, 10 assists) and Tyler Seguin (8 goals, 12 assists) were tied for the NHL scoring lead with 20 points.

*Kris Versteeg leads the Hurricanes in scoring with 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists).

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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