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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars at Winnipeg Jets

Friday October 11
7:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM

About the Stars

The Stars (1-1-0) haven’t played since Saturday, when they defeated the Washington Capitals, 2-1, at American Airlines Center.

“I thought the effort was really good,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said of the win over Washington. “Some guys relaxed and made a lot better plays than they did in the first game. We had some great opportunities that we let slip away to really put the game away, but when the game was on the line we did a really good job of defending and not giving up anything big.”

The Stars are expected to have a new look with their forward lines as Rich Peverley has been practicing at right wing on the top line with center Tyler Seguin and left wing Jamie Benn.

“I like the balance on the lines,” said Ruff. “We have a little bit of size and good speed on all the lines.”

Friday’s game kicks off a three game road trip for the Stars, who played their first two games of the season at home. The Stars will play five of the next six and seven of the next ten games on the road.

Injuries: D Aaron Rome (hip) is out.

About the Jets

The Jets (2-2-0) lost their second straight game, falling 2-1 at Minnesota Thursday night. The Jets were outshot 30-15 in the game.

“It's some of the same stuff we've talked about, mostly faceoffs. We never start with the puck,” Winnipeg coach Claude Noel said. “We chased pretty much the whole night and never created very much through the neutral zone.”

The Jets lost 45 of 61 faceoffs in the game.

“We don't start with [the puck], so we're always checking, we're always chasing it down,” Noel said. “You can see our puck possession game isn't great.”

Friday’s game opens a six game homestand for the Jets.

Injuries: F Chris Thorburn (lower body) is questionable.

Series Notes

*This is the first of five meetings between the Stars and Jets this season.

*The Stars and Jets last met March 14, 2012 in Winnipeg. The Jets won 5-2.

*The Stars are 11-2-1 all-time against the Winnipeg franchise.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have won 63 of 123 (51.2 percent) of faceoffs over their first two games.

*The Jets have won 97 of 258 (37.6 percent) of faceoffs over their first four games, and have the lowest faceoff percentage in the NHL.

*The Jets have allowed 30 or more shots in all four of their games this season and are allowing 34.5 shots per game.

*After allowing 39 shots in their season opener against Florida, the Stars held Washington to 26 shots on Saturday.

*Winnipeg is averaging a league-low 23.2 shots per game.

*The Stars are averaging 24.0 shots per game, which ranks 28th in the league.

*After giving up four power play goals in their first two games, the Jets are 10-10 on the penalty kill in their last two contests.

*The Stars are 0-5 on the power play over their first two games of the season.

*Winnipeg has scored on the power play in each of its four games, and is 4-18 (22.2 percent) on the season.

*The Stars are 6-7 (87.7 percent) on the penalty kill through two games.

*Forward Alex Chiasson leads the Stars with two goals.

*Chiasson and Brenden Dillon (one goal, one assist) are tied for the Stars team lead with two points.

*Forward Bryan Little leads the Jets with three goals.

*Defensemen Dustin Byfuglien (five assists) and Tobias Enstrom (five assists) lead the Jets with five points each.

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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