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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Toronto Maple Leafs at Dallas Stars

Tuesday December 23, 2014
6:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (14-13-5) won their fourth straight game, rallying from a 5-2 deficit to defeat Edmonton, 6-5, in a shootout Sunday at Rexall Place. Tyler Seguin scored two goals in regulation and tallied in the shootout as well for the Stars, who went 3-0-0 on their three-game road trip.

“It was gut-check time when it was 5-2 in the second period,” Seguin said. “We've had a few games in the past where we've been down a goal or two in the third, and we haven't had much of a push. But I thought we dominated the game in the third period.”

The Stars have won more than three games in a row for the first time since April 2013, when they won five straight games.

The Stars play four of their next five games at home.

Injuries: RW Patrick Eaves (ankle), RW Valeri Nichushkin (hip) and D Patrik Nemeth (arm) are out.

About the Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs (19-12-3) lost their third straight game, falling 4-0 at Chicago on Sunday. The Blackhawks scored twice late in the first period to take a 2-0 lead and added two more goals in the third.

“They executed at a very high level,” Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said of the Blackhawks. "They moved the puck around us quite a bit and we just didn't have an answer for it. And then, when we did have chances, I think their goaltender made some big stops. We missed some golden opportunities, both on the power play and five-on-five.”

The Maple Leafs have been outscored 15-5 over their past three games. The three-game slide comes on the heels of a six-game winning streak for Toronto.

Tuesday’s game is the second of a stretch of seven straight games on the road for Toronto.

Injuries: C Leo Komarov (concussion) is out.

Series Notes

*This is the second and final meeting between the Stars and Maple Leafs.

*The Maple Leafs won the first meeting, topping the Stars, 5-3, in Toronto on Dec. 2.

*The Stars are 4-0-1 in their last five home games against Toronto.

Statistical tidbits

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

*The Maple Leafs are 2-4-2 in their past eight road games.

*The Stars are 5-4-1 vs. the Eastern Conference.

*The Maple Leafs are 7-3-1 vs. the Western Conference.

*The Maple Leafs lead the league in goal scoring at 3.29 per game.

*The Stars rank last in the league in goals against at 3.38 per game.

*Stars forward Tyler Seguin leads the NHL in goals with 25 and ranks second in points with 42.

*Phil Kessel leads the Maple Leafs in goals (17) and points (36).

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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