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by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dallas Stars at Los Angeles Kings
Monday, January 9
9:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (16-16-8) are coming off a 4-3 loss at St. Louis Saturday night. The Stars rallied from 2-1 and 3-2 deficits to tie the game, but Blues forward Patrik Berglund's redirection goal with 1:54 remaining handed the Stars their third straight loss (0-2-1).

"I am going to be honest, this one sucks. I think we deserved to win today," said defenseman John Klingberg. "We owned the third period. We had some really good chances, and we were really close to scoring. This is a tough one. We needed the points."

The Stars fell to 2-6-2 in their past ten games on the road.

Monday's game is the second of a three-game road trip for the Stars.

Injuries: LW Jamie Benn (foot), C/LW Mattias Janmark (knee) and RW Ales Hemsky (hip) are on injured reserve.

About the Kings

The Kings (20-16-4) won 4-3 in overtime over Minnesota Saturday at Staples Center. The Kings shook off an early 2-0 deficit and a late game-tying power-play goal by the Wild and picked up the extra point on Tanner Pearson's goal 3:32 into the extra period. The Kings are 8-1 in three-on-three overtime this season.

"Puck possession, it's crucial with our team," Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin told about the team's OT success. "We have good gaps in neutral, quick in our D-zone, we have the puck on our stick a lot, and we control the game that way. It carries into the overtime as well."

The Kings are 20-4 in three-on-three overtime since the NHL implemented it starting in 2015-16.

Los Angeles has won three of its past four games (3-1-0).

Monday's game is the third of a seven-game homestand for the Kings.

Injuries: G Jonathan Quick (groin) and F Tyler Toffoli (lower body) are on injured reserve.

Season Series

*This is the third and final meeting of the season between the Stars and Kings.

*The Stars are 1-0-1 against the Kings this season.

*The Kings are 1-1-0 against the Stars.

*Oct. 20, at Dallas: Kings 4, Stars 3 (OT)
*Dec. 23, at Dallas: Stars 3, Kings 2

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars are 5-10-4 on the road.

*The Kings are 12-5-1 at home.

*The Stars are 7-2-2 vs. the Pacific Division.

*The Kings are 5-4-2 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars are 3-10 on the power play over the past three games but have allowed six power-play goals on eight shorthanded opportunities.

*The Stars have allowed a league-high 22 road power-play goals and rank 30th in the league in penalty killing on the road at 68.1 percent.

*The Kings rank seventh in the league on the penalty kill at 83.5 percent.

*The Kings have scored two goals or fewer in eight of their past eleven games.

*The Stars have allowed three goals or more in 14 of 19 road games this season and rank 29th in the league in goals-against on the road at 3.68 per game.

*Stars defenseman John Klingberg has scored three goals in the past five games.

*Kings forward Jeff Carter has scored eight goals in his past nine games. 

This story was not subject to 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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