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Stars-Hurricanes Preview

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Tuesday, December 8

7:30 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest

Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM


The Stars (20-5-2) lost 2-1 in overtime at Edmonton Friday. The Stars outshot the Oilers 43-24, but Edmonton goaltender Anders Nilsson turned in a superb performance. The Stars went 2-0-2 on their four-game road trip.

“We can’t be disappointed with six out of eight points on a road trip,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “If you look at that in the points system, we basically won three out of four. We got the points you need in a four-game block. These last two games we’ve really played well. We’re missing too many really good opportunities to put teams away.”

Stars defenseman Jason Demers, who has missed the past two games with an upper-body injury, skated after Monday’s practice but is not expected to play Tuesday.

Tuesday’s game begins a two-game homestand for the Stars.

Injuries: D Jason Demers is out.


The Hurricanes (10-13-4) won their second straight game, defeating Arizona, 5-4, in Raleigh on Sunday. The Hurricanes trailed 4-3 in the third period but tied the game with 4:22 remaining and then won it on a Justin Faulk power-play goal with 17 seconds left.

“Guys found a way to contribute, and guys dug in. Guys wanted to make sure we got it done," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. “We entered the [third] period with a lead. Unfortunately, we relinquished it, but we found a way to get it back. It’s a good character win.”

The Hurricanes went 2-1-0 on their three-game homestand. Tuesday’s game begins a four-game road trip.

Injuries: F Nathan Gerbe (ankle) and D James Wisniewski (knee) are out.


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

*Dallas won the first meeting, 4-1, at Carolina on Nov. 6.

*The Stars are 8-3-0 in their past eleven games against the Hurricanes.


*The Stars are 4-1-0 in their past five home games and 9-3-0 at home this season.

*The Hurricanes are 0-3-1 in their past four road games and are 4-7-1 away from home this season.

*The Stars are 11-4-0 vs. the Eastern Conference, including 5-0-0 vs. the Metropolitan Division.

*The Hurricanes are 5-5-1 vs. the Western Conference, including 2-2-1 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars lead the NHL in goal scoring at 3.41 per game.

*The Hurricanes rank 27th in goal scoring at 2.18 per game.

*Dallas ranks second in shots per game at 32.4.

*Carolina allows the fewest shots per game in the NHL at 25.7.

*Carolina leads the NHL in faceoff percentage at 54.7.

*The Stars rank eighth in faceoff percentage at 50.8.

*The Stars are 0-11 on the power play over the past four games.

*The Hurricanes are 8-12 (66.7 percent) on the penalty kill over the past four games.

*The Stars are 9-9 on the penalty kill over the past four games.

*Stars forwards Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin are tied for second in the NHL in scoring with 35 points each.

*Benn leads the NHL with 18 goals.

*Defenseman Justin Faulk leads Carolina in scoring with 19 points.

*Faulk is tied for the NHL lead with nine power-play goals.

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 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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