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Stars-Red Wings Preview

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dallas Stars at Detroit Red Wings
Tuesday, November 29
6:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (9-8-6) lost 4-3 in overtime at St. Louis Monday. The Stars overcame a 2-0 deficit in the game and tied it with 50 seconds remaining in regulation on Jamie Oleksiak's second goal of the game. But Vladimir Tarasenko scored in the extra period to give St. Louis the win and drop the Stars to 1-6 in three-on-three OT this season.

"It wasn't pretty, but we got a point. That's a positive," said Stars captain Jamie Benn, who tallied one goal and two assists. "I like how we found a way to score late, but overtime is killing us right now."

The Stars have picked up points in eight of their past ten games (5-2-3).

Tuesday's game is the second of a four-game road trip for the Stars.

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 Red Wings

The Red Wings (10-10-2) are coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to Montreal at Joe Louis Arena Saturday. Detroit went 0-3 on the power play, including a chance in overtime before Montreal's Alex Galchenyuk scored with 1:23 remaining in the extra period. The Red Wings are 2-0-1 in their past three games after going 2-8-1 in their previous eleven.

"It's encouraging for sure. When you're starting to play good hockey you can see it, and I think we're starting to play good hockey,'' Detroit coach Jeff Blashill told media. "I really like our line combinations. I think they mesh well together."

Detroit lost two players in Saturday's game. Defenseman Brendan Smith (knee) and forward Tyler Bertuzzi (ankle) were both placed on injured reserve Monday. Detroit recalled forward Tomas Jurco from a conditioning assignment in the AHL on Monday. Jurco had been out with a back injury.

Tuesday's game is the second of a three-game homestand for the Red Wings.

Injuries: D Brendan Smith (knee), F Tyler Bertuzzi (ankle), F Darren Helm (upper body), F Andreas Athanasiou (lower body), D Alexey Marchenko (upper body), and G Jimmy Howard (groin) are on injured reserve.

Season Series

*This is the first of two meetings between the Stars and Red Wings this season.

*The Stars were 1-0-1 vs. Detroit last season.

*The Red Wings were 1-1-0 vs. Dallas last season.

*The Stars are 2-2-2 vs. the Red Wings over the past three seasons.

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars are 3-5-4 on the road.

*The Red Wings are 5-6-1 at home.

*The Stars are 0-1-2 vs. the Eastern Conference and this will be their first game vs. the Atlantic Division.

*Detroit is 4-3-0 vs. the Western Conference including 2-1-0 vs. the Central Division.

*The Red Wings have scored two goals or fewer in seven of their past ten games.

*The Stars have scored three goals or more in six of their past ten games.

*The Red Wings are 0-14 on the power play over the past five games and have failed to score on the power play in eight of their past nine games.

*Detroit is 12-13 on the penalty kill over the past five games.

*Stars captain Jamie Benn has registered 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) over the past 10 games.

*Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak has scored 3 goals over the past 4 games.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars in scoring with 23 points (7 goals, 16 assists).

*Gustav Nyquist (4 goals, 10 assists) and Henrik Zetterberg (3 goals, 11 assists) co-lead the Red Wings in scoring with 14 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 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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