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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Tuesday, November 17

6:00 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest

Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

The Stars (14-4-0) continued to roll with a 3-2 overtime win over Minnesota at American Airlines Center Saturday. John Klingberg scored 3:18 into OT for the Stars, who are off to their best 18-game start in franchise history.

“It was a grind. It was a playoff-style game, and they played really tight,” said Stars center Jason Spezza. “I thought we had a lot of chances. I think we could have been a little more opportunistic. We let them hang around and tie it up, but it’s a great win, a divisional game and we move forward.”

The Stars have won five of their past six games and are 8-2-0 in their past ten games.

Forwards Patrick Eaves and Travis Moen are ready to return from injury. Eaves missed 15 games with a lower-body injury. Moen missed 14 games with an upper-body injury.

The Stars assigned forward Radek Faksa to Texas (AHL) on Sunday. Forward Curtis McKenzie was assigned to Texas on Monday.

Tuesday’s game kicks off a two-game road trip for the Stars, who play at Washington on Thursday as well.

Injuries: None.

The Sabres (8-8-1) had a three-game winning streak snapped with a 2-1 overtime loss to San Jose at First Niagara Center on Saturday. Buffalo’s Ryan O’Reilly scored early in the third to tie the game, but San Jose’s Patrick Marleau tallied with 2:01 remaining in OT to give San Jose the extra point.

“We definitely gave ourselves a chance but we didn’t start the way we want to,” O’Reilly told the Sabres official site. “It took a while for us to get engaged in the game, but they’re a good team.”

The Sabres are 5-1-1 in their past seven games.

Forward Zemgus Girgensons didn’t practice Monday due to an undisclosed injury and is questionable for Tuesday’s game. D Zack Bogosian, who has yet to play this season due to a lower-body injury, is close to a return.

Tuesday’s game wraps up a two-game homestand for the Sabres.

Injuries: F Zemgus Girgensons (undisclosed) is questionable. D Zach Bogosian (lower body) is day to day. D Mike Weber (knee), F Evander Kane (knee) and F Cody McCormick (blood clot) are out.

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

*The Stars were 1-1-0 against the Sabres last season.

*The Stars are 1-7-1 in their past nine regular-season games in Buffalo.

*The Stars are 7-2-0 on the road.

*The Sabres are 4-5-1 at home.

*The Stars are 8-3-0 vs. the Eastern Conference.

*The Sabres are 1-0-1 vs. the Western Conference.

*The Stars have scored four goals or more in seven of their past ten games.

*Buffalo has allowed two goals or fewer in six of their past seven games.

*Dallas ranks second in the league on the power play at 29.8 percent.

*The Sabres rank fourth in the league on the power play at 23.6 percent.

*The Stars have outscored their opposition 38-34 during 5-on-5 play.

*The Sabres have been outscored 30-23 during 5-on-5 play.

*Stars center Tyler Seguin ranks second in the NHL with 26 points (9 goals, 17 assists). Stars captain Jamie Benn ranks third with 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists).

*Dallas’ John Klingberg leads NHL defensemen in scoring with 20 points (4 goals, 16 assists).

*Ryan O’Reilly leads Buffalo in scoring with 14 points (5 goals, 9 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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