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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars

Thursday November 6, 2014
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (4-4-4) saw their winless streak hit five games (0-3-2) with a 3-1 loss to Los Angeles at American Airlines Center Tuesday. The Stars and Kings were tied 1-1 heading into the third period, but the Kings scored twice in the final 20 minutes to secure the victory.

“When I look at this [stats] sheet, and I see 19 giveaways, we are not going to win hockey games,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “That’s where I have to change the mentality. That’s my job to change the mentality. Enough of the pond hockey. Enough of hope plays. We are sitting at 4-4-4 and we have to get going the other direction. We’ll start it at simple, and we’ll build it up again.”

The Stars have dropped three straight games at home (0-1-2) and are 1-1-4 at the AAC this season. Thursday’s game is the second of a three-game homestand for the Stars.

Injuries: C Cody Eakin (undisclosed) is probable. D Sergei Gonchar (muscle strain) is questionable. D Patrik Nemeth (arm) is out.

About the Predators

The Predators (7-3-2) are coming off a 3-1 loss at Winnipeg Tuesday night. The Jets scored two goals in the first six minutes of the game, and the Predators never recovered.

“You've got to dig yourself out of a massive hole,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. “I give our guys credit because [we] kept attacking, we kept trying and pushing it and [were] unable to get the second goal.”

Filip Forsberg scored the lone goal for the Predators. Forsberg leads all NHL rookies in scoring with 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 12 games.

The Predators fell to 2-2-0 on their current six-game road trip, which concludes with games in Dallas (Thursday) and St. Louis (Saturday).

Injuries: Anton Volchenkov (suspension) and C Mike Fisher (Achilles) are out.

Series Notes

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

*The Predators won the first meeting of the season, 4-1, in Nashville on Oct. 11.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 1-1-4 at home.

*Nashville is 3-2-1 on the road.

*The Stars are 0-2-2 vs. the Central Division.

*The Predators are 3-1-1 vs. the Central.

*The Predators are tops in the league in 5-on-5 goals for/goals against ratio (2.09). The Predators have outscored their opponents 23-11 during 5-on-5 play.

*The Stars are tied for 17th in 5-on-5 goals for/goals against ratio (1.00). The Stars have scored 25 goals during 5-on-5 play and allowed 25.

*The Stars are 0-14 on the power play over the last three games.

*Nashville is 4-9 (44 percent) on the penalty kill over the last three games.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars in goals (7) and points (15).

*James Neal leads the Predators in goals (7). Filip Forsberg leads the Predators in points (12).

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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