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Stars-Lightning Preview

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars at Tampa Bay Lightning

Saturday March 7, 2015
6:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (29-26-10) are coming off a 4-3 shootout win at Florida on Thursday. The Stars rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the third period to tie and then won when Colton Sceviour scored the only goal of the shootout. Jhonas Enroth, who took over in goal in the second period, stopped all three Florida shooters in the skills competition. It was the Stars’ second straight win, both of them in games settled beyond regulation.

“Right now, it is very important. They are extra points, and you are very frustrated when you lose a shootout and you are pretty happy when you win,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “To start a trip that we’ve got five on the road to end up winning in a shootout is a good thing for this club.”

The Stars pulled to within eight points of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with the win.

Stars center Tyler Seguin, out since Feb. 13 with a knee injury, went through a full practice Friday. He won’t play Saturday but could be ready early next week.

“He looked good,” Ruff said. “The plan is to progress him, and I would say hopefully we are looking at Tuesday.”

Saturday’s game is the second of five straight games on the road for the Stars, all of them against Eastern Conference teams.

Injuries: C Tyler Seguin (knee), D Trevor Daley (lower body). LW Travis Moen (upper body) and RW Valeri Nichushkin (hip) are out.

About the Lightning

The Lightning (40-20-6) are coming off a 4-2 win over Toronto in Tampa Thursday. The Lightning tied the franchise record with their 25th home win of the season (25-6-1).

”We’ve been real good at home, and from the start of the year we wanted this to be a tough place to play,” Tampa Bay forward Ryan Callahan said. “We want teams to come in here knowing that they are going to get our best. You think about home ice more as we get closer to the [Stanley Cup Playoffs], and you are trying to get as high as you can.”

Tampa Bay, which has won five of its last seven games (5-2-0), is two points behind Montreal for first place in the Atlantic Division.

Saturday’s game concludes a three-game homestand for the Lightning.

Injuries: RW J.T. Brown (upper body) is day to day. D Matt Carle (abdomen) and D Mattias Ohlund (knee) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the second and final meeting of the season between the Stars and Lightning.

*Tampa Bay won the first meeting, 5-3, in Dallas on Feb. 5.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 6-4-0 in their past ten road games.

*Tampa Bay has won three straight at home and is 14-2-0 in its past 16 game at Amalie Arena.

*The Stars are 5-0-1 in their past six games vs. the Eastern Conference.

*The Stars are 14-10-2 vs. the East this season, including 6-7-1 vs. the Atlantic Division.

*Tampa Bay is 15-7-3 vs. the Western Conference, including 5-3-3 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars are 8-8-3 since the All-Star break.

*Tampa Bay is 10-6-2 since the break.

*The Stars are 1-16 (6.3 percent) on the power play over the past five games.

*Tampa Bay is 5-13 (38.5 percent) on the power play over the past four games.

*The Stars are 9-9 on the penalty kill over the past four games.

*Tampa Bay is 19-20 on the penalty kill over the past eight games.

*Stars defenseman John Klingberg has 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in his past 18 games. Klingberg leads all NHL rookie defensemen in scoring with 35 points (10 goals, 25 assists) in 51 games.

*Lightning forward Steven Stamkos has 14 points (eight goals, six assists) over his past 14 games.

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