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by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dallas Stars at Ottawa Senators
Thursday, February 9
6:30 p.m.  
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (21-23-10) lost their third straight game in regulation, falling 3-1 at Toronto Tuesday. The Stars put 40 shots on goal, but could only get one puck past Toronto goaltender Curtis McElhinney. The loss left the Stars seven points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference with 28 games remaining.

"We're all sick of talking about it. Look yourself in the mirror. Dig deeper," said Stars center Tyler Seguin. "We've got to hold each other accountable and get out of this together."

The Stars officially announced that forward Jason Spezza (upper body) had been placed on injured reserve retroactive to Feb. 2.

Thursday's game wraps up a two-game road trip for the Stars.

Injuries: D Jamie Oleksiak is day to day. C Jason Spezza (upper body), D Johnny Oduya (ankle), C/LW Mattias Janmark (knee) and RW Ales Hemsky (hip) are on injured reserve.

About the Senators

The Senators (27-18-6) loss 6-0 to St. Louis in Ottawa Tuesday. It was the fourth loss in the past five games (1-3-1) for the Senators and the second straight game in which they were shut out.

"We haven't really gone through a stretch where we've had the problems were having right now," said Senators captain Erik Karlsson. "At the end of the day, I don't think it's a bigger problem than anything else, other than we're playing good teams, we're playing teams that are desperate, and we haven't really matched that intensity."

The Senators, who have been outscored 10-0 in their past two losses, are in second place in the Atlantic Division.

Thursday's game is the second of a four-game homestand for Ottawa.

Injuries: LW Clarke MacArthur (concussion) is on injured reserve.

Season Series

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

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

*The Stars have won seven of their past eight games against the Senators.

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars are 7-14-4 on the road.

*The Senators are 14-8-6 at home.

*The Stars are 5-9-4 vs. the Eastern Conference including 3-4-1 against the Atlantic Division.

*The Senators are 10-6-3 vs. the Western Conference including 2-3-1 against the Central Division.

*Excluding goals awarded for a shootout win, the Stars have allowed three goals or more in ten of their past eleven games.

*The Senators have allowed six goals or more in three of their past seven games.

*Stars center Tyler Seguin has points in six of his past seven games and has tallied seven points (four goals, three assists) during that stretch.

*Seguin leads the Stars in goals (20) and points (51).

*Defenseman Erik Karlsson leads Ottawa in scoring with 44 points (eight goals, 36 assists).

*Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman and Kyle Turris each have 18 goals to lead the Senators.

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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