Monday, February 15
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM
The Stars (36-15-5) won their third straight game, defeating the Washington Capitals, 4-3, at American Airlines Center Saturday. The Stars scored four goals in the second period to take a 4-0 lead and then held off a push by Washington, which scored three times in the third period.
“We played pretty well. I think we outskated them. We just tried to drive the tempo up,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn. “They got a couple of good breaks there in the third and a couple of good shots, but we found a way to win.”
With the win, the Stars tied Chicago at 77 points and took over first place in the Central Division and Western Conference due to three fewer games played and a better points percentage.
Stars forwards Tyler Seguin (skate cut to arm) and Cody Eakin (undisclosed) left Saturday’s game in the third period and did not return. There were no updates on their status Sunday.
The Stars recalled LW Curtis McKenzie from Texas (AHL) on Sunday. McKenzie gives the Stars 13 forwards and takes roster spot of Travis Moen, who was placed on injured reserve Saturday with a lower-body injury.
Monday’s game is the first of a three-game road trip for the Stars.
Injuries: C Tyler Seguin and C Cody Eakin (undisclosed) are questionable. LW Travis Moen (lower body) and C Jason Spezza (upper body) are on injured reserve.
The Predators (26-21-9) won 5-0 at Florida Saturday. Calle Jarnkrok scored two goals, and Carter Hutton stopped 22 shots for the Predators, who jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period.
“You do play a little bit of a different game (with a lead),” Predators coach Peter Laviolette told NHL.com. "It hasn't happened a lot lately. We've been in a position where we're always coming from behind, or we give up a couple goals or whatever it might be, so it was nice to get the lead and play on top. It's a different mindset.”
The Predators went 1-0-1 on a two-game road trip. They are 6-3-1 in their past nine games and currently hold the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
Monday’s game begins a three-game homestand for Nashville.
Injuries: RW Gabriel Bourque (upper body) and LW Eric Nystrom (foot) are on injured reserve.
*This is the second of five meetings between the Stars and Predators this season.
*The Stars won the first meeting, 5-1, in Dallas on Dec. 31.
*The Stars are 5-1-0 since the All-Star break.
*The Predators are 2-3-1 since the break.
*The Stars are 12-5-1 vs. the Central Division.
*The Predators are 6-11-2 vs. the Central.
*The Stars have won four straight games on the road.
*The Predators are 1-4-0 in their past five games at home.
*The Stars have scored four goals or more in five of their past six games.
*The Stars are 6-21 (28.6 percent) on the power play over the past six games.
*Stars forward Patrick Eaves has registered points in five straight games (four goals, four assists).
*Stars captain Jamie Benn has points in four straight games (one goal, four assists).
*Stars center Tyler Seguin has points in four straight games (three goals, four assists).
*Nashville’s Calle Jarnkrok has four goals over the past five games.
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