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Stars-Maple Leafs Preview

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Monday, November 2

6:30 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest

Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

The Stars (9-2-0) won their third straight game, defeating the San Jose Sharks 5-3 at American Airlines Center Saturday. Third-line forwards Vernon Fiddler and Antoine Roussel both had one goal and two assists for the Stars.

“We always try to contribute and help the team win,” said Roussel. “Most nights we won’t score, but we try to play a good penalty-kill and stuff like that. Tonight we got rewarded and had a couple of lucky ones.”

The Stars have won eight of their last nine games (8-1-0). They went 3-1-0 on their four-game homestand, which concluded on Saturday. Monday’s game begins a four-game road trip for the Stars.

Dallas recalled C Devin Shore from Texas (AHL) on Sunday. Shore leads Texas in scoring with 11 points (eight goals, three assists) in nine games. Shore’s recall gives the Stars 13 forwards for the road trip.

Injuries: F Patrick Eaves (lower body), F Travis Moen (upper body) and F Curtis McKenzie (hip) are out.

The Maple Leafs (1-7-2) are coming off a 4-0 loss to Pittsburgh Saturday. It was a listless effort for the Maple Leafs, who have dropped six straight games (0-5-1).

"Life is about responding to adversity and about doing things right,” Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. "I believe we are a way better hockey club than that. … You don't have to blame any players. Look right here. The buck stops here. I'm responsible.”

Monday’s game is the second of a four-game homestand for the Maple Leafs, who are 0-3-1 at Air Canada Centre this season.

Injuries: D Scott Harrington (upper body) is day-to-day. D Stephane Robidas (lower body) and F Nick Spaling (lower body) are out.

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

*The two teams will play their second and final meeting next week in Dallas.

*The Stars were 0-2-0 vs. Toronto last season.

*The Stars have won four straight on the road.

*The Maple Leafs are winless in four games at home (0-3-1).

*The Stars are 5-1-0 vs. the Eastern Conference.

*The Maple Leafs are 0-1-0 vs. the Western Conference.

*The Stars ranked third in goal scoring through Saturday, averaging 3.64 goals per game.

*The Maple Leafs ranked 28th in goals against at 3.30 per game.

*Toronto was tied for 28th in goal scoring at 2.00 per game.

*The Stars were tied for 17th in goals against at 2.73 per game.

*Dallas ranked third on the power play at 26.3 percent (10-38).

*Toronto has not scored on the power play in the past seven games (0-17) and ranked seventh in the league at 7.4 percent (2-27).

*The Stars have allowed four power play goals in the past three games.

*The Stars have scored shorthanded in two of the past three games.

*Through Saturday, Stars captain Jamie Benn was tied for the NHL lead in goals (9) and led the NHL in points (17).

*Stars center Tyler Seguin ranked second in points (16) and was tied for the NHL lead in assists (11).

*Stars defenseman John Klingberg is on a seven-game points streak (two goals, seven assists) and was tied for the league-lead in scoring among defensemen with 11 points (two goals, nine assists) through Saturday’s games.

*Defenseman Dion Phaneuf leads the Maple Leafs in scoring with seven points (seven assists).

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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