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Stars-Red Wings Preview

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars at Detroit Red Wings

Thursday December 4
6:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (9-11-5) lost 5-3 at Toronto Tuesday night. The Stars gave up goals in the first minute of both the first and second periods and fell behind 3-0 in the game.

“It’s definitely not the way we want to start the game. The same thing happened in the second period too. First minute, they score and that takes the life out of us,” said Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen. “We were in it for a little while and we keep battling back. The Leafs were able to always answer on our goals, so just a rough night for everybody.”

The loss pushed the Stars’ winless streak to three games (0-2-1). The Stars have surrendered five goals in each of those games.

Stars forward Patrick Eaves left Tuesday’s game after getting hit in the ankle with a puck. Eaves, who has been placed on injured reserve, will be out at least several weeks with a broken bone.

The Stars recalled LW Curtis McKenzie and G Jussi Rynnas from the Texas Stars Wednesday. G Anders Lindback was placed on waivers.

Thursday’s game concludes a three-game road trip for the Stars.

Injuries: RW Patrick Eaves (ankle), RW Valeri Nichushkin (hip) and D Patrik Nemeth (arm) are out.

About the Red Wings

The Red Wings (14-6-5) had a four-game winning streak snapped with a 4-3 loss to Florida at Joe Louis Arena Tuesday night. The Red Wings scored first but the Panthers rattled off four unanswered goals to build a 4-1 lead eight minutes into the third period.

“Hockey is an honest, fair game,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “You got to be honest with your work ethic and your preparation. Obviously, as a coaching staff we didn’t have the guys ready to play, we didn’t play hard enough.

“We tried to turn it up at the end, we made it close and exciting but the right team won. Let this be a lesson for us, if you want to be at the top of the league you got to play every night, you can’t play like that.”

Thursday’s game is the third of a four-game homestand for the Red Wings.

Injuries: RW Justin Abdelkader (shoulder) is doubtful. G Jonas Gustavsson (shoulder) is out.

Series Notes

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

*The Stars were 1-1-0 (2 points) vs. Detroit last season.

*The Red Wings were 1-0-1 (3 points) vs. Dallas last season.

*The Stars are 103-106-36 all-time vs. Detroit.

Statistical tidbits

*Detroit ranks sixth in goal scoring at 3.04 per game.

*The Stars rank 30th in goals against at 3.52 per game.

*The Red Wings have scored on the power play in five straight games and are 8-21 (38.1 percent) during that stretch.

*The Stars have not scored on the power play in nine of their past ten games and are 2-32 (6.3 percent) during that stretch.

*Detroit is 9-3-2 at home.

*The Stars are 5-6-0 on the road.

*The Stars are 3-3-1 vs. the Eastern Conference.

*The Red Wings are 4-1-0 vs. the Western Conference.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars in goals (18) and points (31).

* Gustav Nyquist leads Detroit with 12 goals. Henrik Zetterberg leads Detroit with 24 points.

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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