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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Winnipeg Jets at Dallas Stars

Monday, March 24
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (33-26-11) ended a four-game winless streak with a 3-1 victory over Ottawa Saturday at American Airlines Center. The Stars trailed 1-0 after one period, but a Cody Eakin goal in the second period tied the game and then Trevor Daley and Jamie Benn scored in the third for the Stars.

“It was a great test for our team. This is just playoff hockey now the rest of the way,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “You’re going to have to have the ability to come back. You’re going to have to have the ability to lead the game by a goal late and hold that lead. You’re going to need some big saves at crucial times.”

The win pulled the Stars to within two points of Phoenix, which currently holds the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Phoenix plays at the New York Rangers Monday. The Stars have one game in hand on the Coyotes.

Kari Lehtonen, who stopped 26 of 27 shots in Saturday’s win, will get the start Monday against Winnipeg.

Injuries: F Erik Cole (upper body) is day to day. F Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat) is out.

About the Jets

The Jets (32-31-9) are coming off a 3-2 loss to Carolina in Winnipeg on Saturday. The Jets grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second period, but the Hurricanes rattled off three goals in a 2:53 span later in the second to build a 3-1 lead they never relinquished.

The Jets, who are 2-5-3 over their last 10 games, sit six points out of a playoff spot as they open a five-game road trip that will take them to Dallas, San Jose, Los Angeles, Anaheim and Phoenix.

“We have to have a good road trip," Jets center Bryan Little said. "I think that after this trip, we'll have a good idea of what is going to happen with our season."

Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, who has missed the last four games with a lower body injury, practiced Sunday, but will not play Monday. Defenseman Zach Bogosian, who left Saturday’s game, is questionable.

Injuries: D Zach Bogosian (upper body) is questionable. G Ondrej Pavelec (lower body), F Chris Thorburn (foot), C Mark Scheifele (knee), D Grant Clitsome (back) and C James Wright (ankle) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the fifth and final meeting between the Stars and Jets.

*The Stars are 2-1-1 in the season series.

*The Jets are 2-2-0 in the season series.

*October 11, Dallas at Winnipeg: Stars 4, Jets 1

*October 26, Winnipeg at Dallas: Jets 2, Stars 1 (SO)

*December 14, Dallas at Winnipeg: Stars 6, Jets 4

*March 16, Dallas at Winnipeg: Jets 7, Stars 2

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 6-5-1 since the Olympic break.

*The Jets are 4-5-3 since the break.

*The Stars are 4-0-1 in their last five games at home and 6-1-1 in the last eight at American Airlines Center.

*The Jets are 1-2-2 in their last five on the road, but 6-3-2 since Paul Maurice took over as head coach on January 12.

*Saturday’s game was the 40th time this season the Jets have played in a game decided by one goal. That’s the third most in the NHL. They are 18-13-9 in one-goal games.

*The Stars have played in 31 one-goal games and are 14-6-11.

*Stars captain Jamie Benn has scored a goal in six of the last eight games and has seven goals during that stretch.

*Tyler Seguin has points in eight straight games (six goals, nine assists, 15 points).

*Jets captain Andrew Ladd has seven goals in the last 11 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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