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by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators
Tuesday, October 18
7:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (1-1-0) are coming off a 6-5 loss at Colorado Saturday. The Stars jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, but the Avalanche scored five straight goals to go up 5-2, and the Stars could never catch up.

"We didn't do enough to win a hockey game and didn't deserve to win," said Stars captain Jamie Benn. "When you score five and give up six, that is unacceptable. We've got things to clean up."

Antti Niemi made his second straight start Saturday but was pulled in the second period after allowing five goals on 20 shots. Kari Lehtonen played the rest of the way, stopping 12 of 13 shots.

Stars forward Jiri Hudler did not practice Monday due to illness and is doubtful for Tuesday.

After Tuesday's game, the Stars will play their next three games at home.

Injuries: RW Jiri Hudler (illness) is doubtful. RW Alex Hemsky (groin), C Cody Eakin (knee) and C/LW Mattias Janmark (knee) are on injured reserve.

About the Predators

The Predators (1-1-0) are coming off a 5-3 loss at Chicago Saturday. The Blackhawks scored three goals in just under four minutes to open a 3-0 lead in the first period, and the Predators couldn't recover.

"There were a couple of fortunate bounces for them, and it makes the period look worse than it was," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette told media after the game. "I thought our guys played hard, out-shot them, out-chanced them and did a lot of good things. We had a big goal at the end of the [first] period but you're sitting on a 3-1 deficit, against a good hockey team, that's hard to come back from."

The Predators split a home-and-home series with Chicago to open the season.

The Predators announced Monday that D Anthony Bitetto will be out 4-6 six weeks with an upper-body and that forward Miikka Salomaki will be out 6-8 weeks with an upper-body injury.

Defenseman P.K. Subban acquired in a trade with Montreal in the offseason, has one goal and one assist in his first two games with the Predators.

Injuries: D Anthony Bitetto (upper body) and F Miikka Salomaki (upper body) are out.

Season Series

*This is the first of five meetings between the Stars and Predators this season.

*The Stars were 4-1-0 (8 points) vs. Nashville last season.

*The Predators were 1-3-1 (3 points) vs. Dallas last season.

*The Stars are 2-4-1 in Nashville over the past three seasons.

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars have scored on their first shot on goal in each of the first two games.

*Eight different players have scored goals for the Stars in the first two games, and 14 players have registered points.

*Nashville has received goals from six different players in the first two games, and 11 players have registered points.

*The Stars have been outshot 68-48 in the first two games and 33 of the shots against have come in first periods.

*The Predators have allowed five goals in the first period in their first two games.

*Nashville is 4-8 on the power play in the first two games.

*The Stars are 2-8 on the power play in their first two games.

*The Stars are 6-8 on the penalty kill.

*The Predators are 5-7 on the penalty kill.

This story was not subject to 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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