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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars at Toronto Maple Leafs


Tuesday December 2, 2014
6:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus (Channel Guide)
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (9-10-5) are coming off a 5-2 loss at Colorado Saturday. The Stars and Avalanche were tied late in the second period, but Colorado scored with two minutes left in the period to take the lead and then tallied twice on the power play early in the third to blow open the game.

"I thought we were totally embarrassed today," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "What we did with the puck and how many giveaways and how many turnovers, it was pathetic.”

On Monday, Ruff said it was time for the Stars to hit Control-Alt-Delete.

“I put the last one behind us and called it a system reset. We rebooted,” Ruff said. “Actually showed some of our training camp video and said if we want to remain consistent these are the things we have to do consistently. And we haven’t. We do them in spurts. When we do them well, we are a good team.”

Defenseman Alex Goligoski missed Monday’s practice with a lower body injury. He is questionable for Tuesday.

Ryan Garbutt will return to the lineup after serving a two-game suspension for kneeing Edmonton’s Taylor Hall.

Tuesday’s game is the second of a three-game road trip for the Stars.

Injuries: D Alex Goligoski (lower body) is questionable. RW Valeri Nichushkin (hip) and D Patrik Nemeth (arm) are out.

About the Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs (12-8-3) ran their points streak to four games (3-0-1) with a 6-2 win over Washington in Toronto Saturday night. The Maple Leafs led 2-0 after one period and extended that lead to 3-0 early in the second.

"We had a good start and that is important," Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly said. "We were not happy with the way we have been starting games, so this is a step in the right direction."

Toronto was 3-4 on the power play in the game.

Forward Leo Komarov suffered a head injury in the game and is questionable for Tuesday.

Tuesday’s game is the second of a five-game homestand for Toronto.

Injuries: C Leo Komarov (head) is questionable. RW Carter Ashton (suspension), RW Brandon Kozun (ankle) and D Roman Polak (lower body) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the first of two meetings between the Stars and Maple Leafs this season.

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

*The Maple Leafs were 1-1-0 (2 points) vs. Dallas last season.

*The Stars are 90-86-13 all-time vs. Toronto.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 5-5-0 on the road.

*Toronto is 8-6-0 at home.

*The Stars are 3-2-1 vs. the Eastern Conference.

*The Maple Leafs are 2-2-1 vs. the Western Conference.

*Toronto ranks third in the NHL in scoring at 3.30 goals per game.

*The Stars rank 29th in the league in goals against at 3.46 per game.

*The Stars have failed to score on the power play in eight of their past nine games and are 2-27 (7.4 percent) on the PP during that stretch.

*The Maple Leafs have allowed a power play goal in four of the last six games and are 12-16 (75 percent) on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*The Maple Leafs are tied for the league lead in shorthanded goals (5).

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars in goals (18) and points (31).

*Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel co-lead the Maple Leafs in goals (11). Kessel leads the Maple Leafs in points (25).

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 DallasStars.com 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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