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Stars-Jets Preview

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Winnipeg Jets at Dallas Stars
Tuesday, October 25
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (2-2-1) are coming off a 3-0 loss to Columbus at American Airlines Center on Saturday. Stars coach Lindy Ruff said it wasn't a good night for his team, which has dropped two straight (0-1-1). 

"That was as flat as flat could be. There's no disguising it," Ruff said. "I've never seen this team in two years move the puck so poorly. Missed passes. Bad passes. Hang on too long. It was a collective effort from the top down. There's nothing to like about that game. I can understand the displeasure in the building. I was with them. For me, it was one of the toughest performances we've put together in two years at home here."

RW Ales Hemsky, who returned Saturday after missing the first four games of the season with a groin injury, reinjured the groin and was placed on injured reserve Monday.

C Jason Spezza left Monday's practice with an undisclosed injury and is questionable for Tuesday.

RW Patrick Eaves, who missed Saturday's game with a lower-body injury, is questionable for Tuesday.  

Tuesday's game wraps up a three-game homestand for the Stars.

Injuries: C Jason Spezza (undisclosed) and RW Patrick Eaves (lower body) are questionable. RW Ales Hemsky (groin), RW Jiri Hudler (illness), RW Patrick Sharp (concussion-like symptoms), C Cody Eakin (knee) and C/LW Mattias Janmark (knee) are on injured reserve.

About the Jets

The Jets (2-3-0) lost 3-0 to the Edmonton Oilers in the Heritage Classic at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg on Sunday. It was the third loss in four games for the Jets.

"Certainly would have liked to give fans at least one reason to get out of their seats," Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice told media after the game. "We couldn't do that for them, unfortunately. It was such a spectacular week here, especially for the city of Winnipeg. The game was a tough one."

The Jets pulled their goaltender for an extra attacker late in Sunday's game, making it all five games this season Winnipeg has trailed late in the game and needed to pull the goaltender.

Injuries: C Bryan Little (lower body) is out.

Season Series

*This is the first of five meetings between the Stars and Jets this season, and the first game of a home-and-home series that will see the teams meet again in Winnipeg on Thursday.

*The Stars were 4-1-0 (8 points) against Winnipeg last season.

*The Jets were 1-3-1 (3 points) against Dallas last season.

*The Stars are 8-5-1 vs. Winnipeg the past three seasons.

Statistical Tidbits

*Both the Stars and Jets are averaging 2.80 goals per game, which is tied for 19th in the league.

*The Stars are allowing 3.20 goals per game, which ranks 20th in the league.

*The Jets are allowing 3.80 goals per game, which is tied for 25th in the league.

*The Stars are 1-11 on the power play over the past three games.

*The Jets are 1-15 on the power play over the past four games.

*The Jets penalty kill ranks 29th in the league at 68.8 percent (11-16).

*The Stars are tied for 19th in the league on the penalty kill at 79.0 percent (15-19).

*F Tyler Seguin leads Dallas in scoring with 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists).

*F Mark Scheifele leads Winnipeg in scoring with 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists).

*F Patrik Laine, the second overall pick in the 2016 Draft, has 5 points (4 goals, 1 assist) in 5 games for the Jets. 

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 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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