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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Tuesday, February 23

7:00 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest

Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

The Stars (37-17-6) are coming off a 7-3 loss to Boston at American Airlines Center Saturday. The Stars had a 3-1 lead after two periods, but the Bruins scored three times in the second and three times in the third. Saturday’s loss followed a 6-3 loss in Arizona on Thursday.

“We should take a look at those scores and remember how it makes us feel,” said forward Patrick Sharp. It’s not a representation of how our team can play or how we should be playing, but nonetheless it’s happened. We’ve got a chance to come back for a big week.”

The Stars are 0-2-1 in their past three games.

Stars forward Patrick Eaves missed Monday’s practice due to illness and is doubtful for Tuesday’s game. Forward Travis Moen, who has missed the past five games with a lower-body injury, practiced Monday and is day to day.

Tuesday’s game is the first of a home-and-home set with the Jets. The two teams play again Thursday in Dallas.

Injuries: LW Travis Moen (lower body) is day to day. RW Patrick Eaves (illness) is doubtful.

The Jets (25-29-4) are coming off a 3-1 loss at Florida on Saturday. It was the third straight loss for the Jets (0-2-1). Jaromir Jagr scored two goals for Florida to pass Brett Hull for third on the all-time list with 742, and Roberto Luongo stopped 29 of 30 shots.

"We had a bunch (of chances) there in the second, went in alone a couple of times," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "But that's what that guy (Luongo) does so well, he's going to clean up those mistakes and keep you in that tight game. They've got enough firepower up front. Sixty-eight (Jagr), you give a good player a little bit of room, he's going to make you pay. You give a great player too much room; he's going to hurt you bad.”

The Jets went 1-2-1 on a four-game road trip.

Forward Bryan Little missed Saturday’s game due to an upper-body injury, but he could play Tuesday.

The Jets come into Tuesday’s game 11 points out of the second wild-card spot in the West with 24 games left on their schedule.

Injuries: F Bryan Little (upper body) is questionable. D Grant Clitsome (back) is on injured reserve.

*This is the fourth of five meetings between the two teams this season.

*The Stars are 3-0-0 (6 points) in the season series.

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

*Nov. 12, at Dallas: Stars 6, Jets 3

*Jan. 7, at Dallas: Stars 2, Jets 1 (SO)

*Feb. 2, at Winnipeg: Stars 5, Jets 3

*The Stars are 6-3-1 since the All-Star break.

*The Jets are 3-5-1 since the break.

*The Stars are 13-5-2 vs. the Central Division.

*The Jets are 8-13-1 vs. the Central.

*The Stars are 5-1-1 in their past seven road games.

*The Jets are 1-6-0 in their past seven home games.

*Four of the Jet’s last six goals have come via special teams, including three on the power play and one shorthanded.

*The Stars have been outscored 5-1 during special teams play the past three games.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars with 31 goals and Jamie Benn leads the team with 67 points.

*Bryan Little leads the Jets with 17 goals and Blake Wheeler leads the team with 54 points.

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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