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by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators
Wednesday, November 23
7:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (8-7-5) won 3-2 in overtime over Minnesota at American Airlines Center Monday. Jamie Benn's goal at 1:23 of the extra period snapped the Stars' nine-game losing streak in 3-on-3 overtime dating back to last season.

"It felt good," said Benn. "I'm not going to lie. It was nice to finally win one in overtime."

Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, playing in just his sixth game of the season, scored a goal and defenseman Julius Honka registered one assist in his NHL debut for the Stars, who have points in six of their past seven games (4-1-2).

Stars coach Lindy Ruff said he wasn't sure if defenseman John Klingberg would play Wednesday. Klingberg was a scratch Monday after missing a team meeting.

"I haven't made that decision yet," Ruff said. "In the past, when we've won a game I don't change the lineup. It's something that I am going to mull over."

Wednesday's game kicks off a stretch that will see the Stars play five of their next six games on the road.

Injuries: D Johnny Oduya (lower body), RW Jiri Hudler (illness), C/LW Mattias Janmark (knee) and RW Ales Hemsky (hip) are on injured reserve.

About the Predators

The Predators (8-7-3) won 3-1 over Tampa Bay in Nashville on Monday. Defenseman P.K. Subban scored two goals and goaltender Pekka Rinne stopped 24 shots for the Predators.

"I thought it was one of our best games of the season against a really good team," Rinne told the Predators official site. "We didn't really give them too much life, even in the third period. We did a really good job at just handling their skill."

The win was the fifth in the past seven games (5-2-0) for Nashville. Since starting the season 2-5-1, the Predators have gone 6-2-2.

Wednesday's game is the second of a three-game homestand for Nashville.

Injuries: RW Miikka Salomaki (upper body) is on injured reserve.

Season Series

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

*The Stars won the first meeting, 2-1, in Nashville on a Oct. 18.  

Statistical Tidbits

*The Predators are 6-1-1 at home.

*The Stars are 3-4-3 on the road.

*The Stars are 5-5-1 vs. the Central Division.

*The Predators are 3-3-0 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars have 10 points in their past seven games (4-1-2).

*The Predators have 10 points in their past seven games (5-2-0).

*The Stars' road power play ranks eighth in the league at 21.6 percent (8-37).

*The Predators' home penalty kill is tops in the league at 100.0 percent (24-24).

*Stars forward Patrick Eaves is on a six-game points streak (6 goals, 2 assists).

*Stars forward Tyler Seguin ranks fourth in the NHL in scoring with 22 points (7 goals, 15 assists).

*Defenseman P.K. Subban (5 goals, 8 assists) and forward Filip Forsberg (1 goal, 12 assists) co-lead the Predators in scoring with 13 points).

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 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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