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Stars-Red Wings Preview

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Monday, February 29

7:30 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest

Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

The Stars (38-19-6) lost 3-2 to the New York Rangers at American Airlines Center Saturday. The Stars tied the game 2-2 on a Valeri Nichushkin goal with 4:01 remaining, but Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein scored with 2:58 left to hand the Stars their fifth defeat in the past six games (1-4-1).

“It’s tough when you’re right there and lose it like that,” said Stars defenseman Johnny Oduya. “Overall today I think we managed our game a little bit better. Sometimes you don’t get the bounces, and you don’t get the results right away, but you have to stay with it and keep working. That’s the only way we can look at it moving forward and have trust and patience in what we’re doing.”

The loss was the third straight at home for the Stars and the fourth in the past five games at American Airlines Center.

Forward Ales Hemsky did not play after the first period due to illness. His status for Monday is unclear.

Forward Travis Moen, who has missed the past eight games with a groin injury, is expected to be available to play.

The Stars enter Monday’s game one point behind Chicago, which took over first place in the Central Division and the Western Conference with a 3-2 win over Washington on Sunday. The Stars have one game in hand.

Monday’s game wraps up a three-game homestand for the Stars.

Injuries: LW Travis Moen (groin) is probable. RW Ales Hemsky (illness) is questionable. RW Patrick Eaves (illness) is out.

The Red Wings (31-20-11) defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 5-3, Saturday in the Stadium Series game at Coors Field in Denver. Brad Richards scored with 1:00 remaining in the third to snap a 3-3 tie and Darren Helm scored an empty-net goal 40 seconds later to seal the win for Detroit.

“It was a special weekend to be part of," Richards said. “Growing up, anytime I wanted to watch hockey I wanted to watch Colorado or Detroit. There were so many great players, so just to be part of the history of that rivalry, being around and seeing some of the guys yesterday, and this being a huge two points for our team, it was a pretty neat night. They're all special, especially the ones you win. This will be a great memory.”

The win was the second straight for the Red Wings, who have points in four straight games (2-0-2).

Monday’s game wraps up a two-game road trip for the Red Wings.

Injuries: LW Drew Miller (knee) and RW Johan Franzen (concussion-like symptoms) are on injured reserve.

*This the second and final meeting between the Stars and Red Wings this season.

*The Stars won the first meeting, 4-1, in Detroit on Nov. 8.

*The Red Wings have won six straight games in Dallas.

*The Stars’ last win against Detroit in Dallas was Oct. 14, 2010.

*The Stars are 7-5-1 since the All-Star break.

*The Red Wings are 6-4-3 since the break.

*The Stars are 2-5-0 in their past seven home games.

*The Red Wings are 1-4-2 in their past seven road games.

*The Stars are 16-9-1 vs. the Eastern Conference including 7-5-0 against the Atlantic Division.

*The Red Wings are 12-8-3 vs. the Western Conference including 4-4-1 against the Central Division.

*The Red Wings are 0-17 on the power play over the past six games.

*The Stars are 15-21 (71.4 percent) on the penalty kill over the past six games.

*The Stars are 9-32 (28.1 percent) on the power play over the past ten games.

*The Red Wings are 33-35 (94.3 percent) on the penalty kill over the past ten games.

*Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin lead Dallas in goal scoring with 32. Benn leads Dallas in points with 70.

*Dylan Larkin leads Detroit with 19 goals. Henrik Zetterberg leads the Red Wings with 41 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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