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Stars-Jets Preview

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Thursday, November 12

7:30 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest

Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

The Stars (12-4-0) had a three-game winning streak snapped with a 3-2 loss to Toronto Tuesday. The Stars took a 2-1 lead early in the third period, but the Maple Leafs rallied with two goals to hand the Stars just their second loss at home this season.

“It’s unacceptable,” said Stars defenseman Jason Demers. “I think we came together as a team and decided that we weren’t going to let stuff like that happen this year. You can call it what you like, but that’s just us giving away two points.”

Thursday’s game is the first of two straight against teams in the Central Division. The Stars struggled against the Central last season and the points will be big this season as teams battle for playoff spots.

“They’re the two biggest games of the year,” Demers said. “They should be considered playoff games for us, and that’s the way we have to handle it. We have to win our division games because it’s so tight in the Central, so they’re the two biggest games of the year.”

The Stars assigned D Patrik Nemeth to Texas (AHL) on a conditioning assignment. F Devin Shore was reassigned to Texas as well.

Injuries: RW Patrick Eaves (lower body) is questionable. LW Travis Moen (upper body) and LW Curtis McKenzie (hip) are out.

The Jets (8-6-2) are coming off a 5-3 loss at Minnesota on Tuesday. The two teams were tied 1-1 after 20 minutes, but Minnesota scored four straight goals in the second period to take a 5-1 lead.

“Breakaways. They got in behind us twice. We got beat 1-on-1,” Jets coach Paul Maurice told media following the game.

The Jets are winless in their past three games (0-2-1) and 1-3-1 in their past five games.

Thursday’s game is the second of a four-game road trip in which the Jets face four Central Division rivals. They also play at Nashville (Saturday) and St. Louis (Monday).

“We need those points against those teams. We’ve got get ready for a team that is going really well,” Jets forward Drew Stafford told the team’s official site. “We don’t have time to dwell (on Tuesday’s loss). We’ve got to get ready for another big one.”

Injuries: D Grant Clitsome (back)

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

*The Stars were 1-3-0 (2 points) vs. Winnipeg last season.

*The Jets were 3-1-0 (6 points vs. Dallas last season.

*The Stars are 0-1-0 vs. the Central Division.

*The Jets are 2-2-0 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars rank second in goal scoring at 3.50 per game.

*The Jets rank tenth in goal scoring at 2.81 per game.

*The Stars rank 16th in goals against at 2.63 per game.

*The Jets rank 21st in goals against at 2.81 per game.

*Winnipeg is 1-14 (7.1 percent) on the power play over the past five games.

*The Stars are 16-25 (64.0 percent) on the penalty kill over the past eight games.

*Stars center Tyler Seguin is tied for the league lead in scoring with 23 points (9 goals, 14 assists).

*Stars captain Jamie Benn is tied for the league lead in goals with 10.

*Blake Wheeler leads the Jets in scoring with 19 points (7 goals, 12 assists).

*Bryan Little leads the Jets with 8 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 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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