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by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Ottawa Senators at Dallas Stars
Wednesday, March 8
7:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (27-29-10) won 4-2 at Washington Monday, snapping the Capitals 15-game home winning streak. Kari Lehtonen stopped 42 shots for the Stars, who won consecutive road games for the first time since November and improved to 5-2-0 over their past seven games.

"It wasn't the prettiest one we had all year, but we battled hard and found a way to win a game," Stars center Jason Spezza, who scored in the game. "[Lehtonen] did a great job. He made some great saves and has played great for us these last two games."

The Stars won their sixth straight game in Washington and improved to 10-0-1 in their past eleven games overall against the Capitals.

The Stars enter Wednesday's game seven points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

After Wednesday's game, the Stars head back out the road for four straight games.

Injuries: LW Antoine Roussel (hand) is out. C/LW Mattias Janmark (knee) is on injured reserve.

About the Senators

The Senators (36-22-6) won their third straight game, defeating the Boston Bruins, 4-2, Monday night in Ottawa. Alexandre Burrows tallied one goal and one assist, and Craig Anderson stopped 25 shots for Ottawa.

"It was big for us," said Anderson. "They are a division rival and nipping at our heels [in the standings]. For us, it was just coming and doing the job, playing the way we wanted to play. We knew they were playing well, but at the end of the night, we were pretty good."

The Senators, who are in second place in the Atlantic Division, lead the third-place Bruins by four points.

With Monday's win, the Senators went 3-0-0 on their homestand. They open a three-game road trip in Dallas on Wednesday.

Injuries: F Chris Neil (broken finger), Bobby Ryan (broken finger), and F Clarke MacArthur (concussion) are on injured reserve.

Season Series

*This is the second and final meeting of the season between the Stars and Senators.

*The Senators won the first meeting, 3-2, in Ottawa on Feb. 9.

*The Stars are 6-2-0 in their past eight games against the Senators in Dallas.

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars are 9-18-4 on the road.

*The Senators are 17-12-0 on the road.

*The Stars are 10-12-4 vs. the Eastern Conference including 5-6-1 against the Atlantic Division.

*The Senators are 12-7-3 vs. the Western Conference including 4-4-1 against the Central Division.

*The Stars have scored three goals or more in five of their past seven games.

*The Senators have allowed two goals or fewer in five of their past seven games.

*The Stars are 9-10 on the penalty kill over the past four games.

*The Senators are 2-16 on the power play over the past six games.

*Stars captain Jamie Benn is on a seven-game points streak (five goals, five assists).

*Stars defenseman John Klingberg in on a six-game points streak (three goals, five assists).

*Senators Alexandre Burrows has four points (three goals, one assist) in three games since being acquired from Vancouver in a trade.

*Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen has stopped 83 of 86 shots over the past two games.

*Senators goaltender Craig Anderson is 7-2-0 with a 1.78 goals-against average and .944 save percentage since returning from a personal leave.  

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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