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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars at Los Angeles Kings

Monday, December 23
9:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus (Click here for channel listings)
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (17-12-6) are coming off a 3-2 shootout loss in San Jose on Saturday. The Stars put 46 shots on goal, had a 2-0 lead in the game, but the Sharks rallied to tie and then won in a five-round shootout.

"We had some great opportunities and we could've put the game away in the second period,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “We didn't get much luck, we had a quick whistle and that hurt us. We had some great opportunities where [Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock] made some good saves, we had some great opportunities where we missed the net, even in the third after the first couple of minutes. You come in here and win the faceoff battle and get over 40 shots. I thought we really skated well."

The Stars are 2-0-1 in their last three games and 3-1-1 over the last five.

The Stars lost defenseman Sergei Gonchar in the game. He took a puck in the face in the second period and did not return to the game. He has concussion-like symptoms and will miss Monday’s game. Maxime Fortunus, signed to a one-year contract on Wednesday, will take Gonchar’s spot in the lineup against the Kings.

Injuries: D Sergei Gonchar (concussion-like symptoms), D Aaron Rome (lower body), D Trevor Daley (ankle) and D Stephane Robidas (leg) are out.

About the Kings

The Kings (25-8-4) ran their winning streak to three games and won for the ninth time in the last ten games with a 3-2 shootout victory over Colorado at Staples Center Saturday. Goaltender Martin Jones improved to 8-0-0 to start his NHL career, stopping 23 of 25 shots in regulation and overtime and then all three shots he faced in the shootout.

"I don't know what to say, to be honest with you," said Kings forward Anze Kopitar, who scored the lone goal of the shootout. "You get a couple [goals], and it's pretty much a done deal. He's been great. I don't know how many times I have said this before: He's giving us a chance and that's all you really want."

Jones has a 0.98 goals against average and .966 save percentage. He has stopped all 12 shootout attempts he’s faced this season.

The Kings improved to 14-2-3 since No. 1 goaltender Jonathan Quick went out of the lineup with a groin injury.

Injuries: G Jonathan Quick (groin) is out.

Series Notes

*This is the second of three meetings between the Stars and Kings.

*The Stars are 0-1-0 in the season series and the Kings are 1-0-0.

*October 19, Dallas at Los Angeles: Kings 5, Stars 2.

Statistical tidbits

*The Kings are 16-2-4 over their last 22 games, and have allowed two goals or fewer in 21 of those games.

*The Kings lead the NHL in goals against average (1.86) and save percentage (.932).

*The Kings are 3-45 (6.7 percent) on the power play over the last 15 games.

*The Stars are 3-33 (9.1 percent) on the power play over the last eight games.

*The Stars are 16-17 (94.1 percent) on the penalty kill over the last four games.

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

*The Kings are 5-3-1 vs. the Central Division.

*Stars forward Ray Whitney has three goals in the last four games.

*Kings forward Jeff Carter has four goals in the last six games.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars in goals (18) and points (35).

*Justin Williams leads the Kings in goals (12) and Anze Kopitar leads the Kings in points (30).

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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