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Stars-Red Wings Preview

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Sunday, November 8

2:00 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest

Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

The Stars (11-3-0) won 4-1 at Carolina on Friday. The two teams were tied 1-1 heading into the third period, and the Stars scored three times to improve to 4-1-0 when tied after 40 minutes this season.

“We’ve been a lot better in third periods this year than we were last year,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “Some of it is patience, some of it is timely scoring.”

The Stars have outscored their opponents 18-11 in third periods this season after being outscored 101-74 last season.

Forward Patrick Sharp, who scored the game-winning goal with 8:45 left in the third, was banged up when he collided with the net on the play. He did not practice Saturday.

“A little nicked up, but I don’t think he is going to be out. There’s a possibility, though,” Ruff said.

Forward Antoine Roussel, who missed Friday’s game with an upper-body injury, practiced Saturday and is likely to play Sunday.

Sunday’s game wraps up a four-game road trip for the Stars, who have won two of the first three games and are 6-2-0 on the road this season.

Injuries: F Antoine Roussel (upper body) is probable. F Patrick Sharp (lower body) is questionable. F Patrick Eaves (lower body), Travis Moen (upper body) and F Curtis McKenzie (hip) are out.

The Red Wings (7-5-1) won their third straight game, topping the Maple Leafs 2-1 in overtime in the Hall of Fame Game Friday in Toronto. Jakub Kindl scored 2:17 into the extra period for Detroit.

“I don’t think we played nearly our best. We’re going to have to play much better as we continue on,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill told reporters after the game. “Sometimes you’ve got to find your way to points when you don’t play your best. You got to go and correct some of your mistakes tomorrow.”

Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg scored in regulation for the Red Wings. It was his 300th career goal.

Defenseman Mike Green, who has been out with a back injury, is expected to return for Sunday’s game.

Injuries: D Mike Green (back) is probable. F Pavel Datsyuk (ankle), F Johan Franzen (concussion-like symptoms), F Brad Richards (back), F Landon Ferraro (lower body) and D Kyle Quincey (ankle) are out.

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

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

*The Stars are 7-2-0 vs. the Eastern Conference.

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

*The Stars have scored four goals or more in nine of 14 games this season.

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

*The Stars rank second in the league on the power play at 28.9 percent.

*The Red Wings are 17-18 (94.4 percent) on the penalty kill over the past five games.

*Through Friday, the Red Wings ranked 30th in the league in shots per game (25.4) and 28th in shots against (32.5). Their -7.1 shot differential per game ranked 30th in the league.

*The Stars ranked seventh in shots per game (31.2) and 23rd in shots against (30.6). Their 0.6 shot differential ranked 14th.

*The Stars rank 2nd in the NHL in shots attempts/close (one measure of puck possession) at 55.95 percent.

*The Red Wings rank 27th in shots attempts/close at 44.7 percent.

*Through Friday, Stars center Tyler Seguin led the NHL in scoring with 21 points (8 goals, 13 assists).

*Henrik Zetterberg leads Detroit in scoring with 15 points (4 goals, 11 assists).

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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