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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars at Winnipeg Jets

Tuesday February 24, 2015
7:00 p.m.
TV: TXA-21
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (27-24-9) lost 6-2 at Minnesota Sunday. The Stars led 1-0 going into the third period, but the Wild scored six goals over the final 20 minutes to send the Stars to their third straight loss (0-2-1).

"You’ve got a 1-0 lead after two periods and come out in the third and lay an egg and give up six goals. It's embarrassing,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn.

The Stars, who have 22 games remaining, enter Tuesday’s game six points behind Minnesota, which holds the second wild card spot in the Western Conference. They are eight points behind Winnipeg, which holds the first wild card spot.

“I know how tough it is getting. It’s no secret,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “We’ve got to go on a real good run. It’s still there. We’ve got to win some games.”

Tuesday’s game concludes a two-game road trip for the Stars.

Injuries: C Tyler Seguin (knee), RW Patrick Eaves (concussion), LW Travis Moen (upper body) and RW Valeri Nichushkin (hip) are out.

About the Jets

The Jets (30-20-11) are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss at Toronto on Saturday. The Jets had 2-1 and 3-2 leads in the game, but Toronto fought back and won it on James van Riemsdyk’s goal 3:47 into extra playing time.

“That was definitely a tough loss,” Jets forward Michael Frolik said. “I think we weren't our best today, but we were pretty decent. We were better than in Washington (5-1 loss Thursday). That was the goal. Obviously the point hurts. We just learn from it and go for the next one.”

Saturday’s loss was the second straight for the Jets (0-1-1), but it was the seventh time in the last nine games they’ve picked up points (4-2-3).

The Jets recalled forward Eric O’Dell from St. John’s of the AHL on Monday and placed D Ben Chiarot (broken bone in hand) on injured reserve.

Jets forward Carl Klingberg, who was recently recalled from the AHL, is the brother of Stars defenseman John Klingberg.

Tuesday’s game begins a four-game homestand for the Jets.

Injuries: RW Blake Wheeler (undisclosed) is questionable. D Ben Chiarot (hand), D Grant Clitsome (back), RW Matt Halischuk (lower body) and C Mathieu Perreault (lower body) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the Stars and Jets.

*The Stars are 1-2-0 (2 points) in the season series.

*The Jets are 2-1-0 (4 points) in the season series.

*December 9, at Dallas: Jets 5, Stars 2

*January 15, at Dallas: Jets 2, Stars 1

*January 31, at Winnipeg: Stars 5, Jets 2

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 6-6-2 since the All-Star break.

*The Jets are 4-6-3 since the break.

The Jets have won three straight at home and are 6-1-1 in the past eight games at MTS Centre.

*The Stars are 5-3-0 in their past eight games on the road.

*The Stars are 5-11-6 vs. the Central Division.

*The Jets are 11-6-3 vs. the Central.

*Six of Winnipeg’s past nine games have gone beyond regulation. The Jets lead the NHL with 21 overtime/shootout games this season.

*The Stars have allowed 18 goals over the past three games.

*The Jets have allowed 17 goals over the past four games.

*The Stars rank 27th in the NHL in goals against per game (3.27) and 29th in save percentage (.895).

*Since the All-Star break, the Jets rank 30th in the league in both goals against (3.77) and in save percentage (.870).

*The Stars rank first in the NHL on the power play since the All-Star break at 29.8 percent (14-47).

*The Jets rank 29th on the penalty kill since the break at 68.5 percent (37-54).

*The Jets rank fifth on the power play since the break at 23.8 percent (10-42).

*Stars captain Jamie Benn has registered points in seven straight games (seven goals, five assists).

*Jets defenseman Tyler Myers has registered points in four straight games (two goals, three 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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