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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Ottawa Senators at Dallas Stars

Saturday, March 22
2:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (32-26-11) saw their winless streak hit four games (0-3-1) with a 4-2 loss at Philadelphia Thursday. The Stars went 0-3-0 on their three-game road trip, were outscored 16-5 but saw improvement in the game against the Flyers.

“The team played hard,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “We missed some point blank opportunities and there are probably a couple our goaltender would like back, but if we play like that night after night, we’ll win.”

The Stars are four points behind Phoenix for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 13 games left on their schedule, and they have one game in hand on the Coyotes.

Saturday’s game opens a two-game homestand for the Stars, who play three of their next four games at American Airlines Center.

Forward Shawn Horcoff, who missed the last four games with a broken finger, is expected to return Saturday.

Injuries: C Shawn Horcoff (finger) is probable. F Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat) is out.

About the Senators

The Senators (28-28-13) lost 5-4 to Tampa Bay Thursday, extending their winless streak to five games (0-3-2), including three straight losses in regulation. The Senators have given up 25 goals in the five losses.

“We fought right until the end but once again we found a way to lose,” said Senators captain Jason Spezza. “We're still giving up too many quality looks in front of our net and we definitely have to cut down on the number of goals we're giving up.”

The Senators are 2-7-2 over their last 11 games, a stretch that has basically dashed their playoff hopes. They are nine points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 13 games left on their schedule.

Saturdays’ game opens a three-game road trip for the Senators.

G Craig Anderson, who has been out with a shoulder injury, will travel to Dallas but is not expected to play. Robin Lehner is expected to start in goal for Ottawa Saturday.

Injuries: G Craig Anderson (shoulder) is questionable. G Nathan Lawson (lower body) is out.

Series Notes

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

*The Stars won the first meeting, defeating the Senators 4-3 in a shootout in Ottawa on November 3.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 5-5-1 since the Olympic break.

*The Senators are 2-6-2 since the break.

*The Stars are 5-1-1 in their last seven home games.

*The Senators are 3-3-1 in their last seven on the road.

*The Stars have given up 19 goals over the last four games, including 16 over the last three.

*The Senators have surrendered 25 goals over the last five games.

*The Stars are 10-14-2 vs. the Eastern Conference.

*The Senators are 8-12-5 vs. the Western Conference.

*Stars center Tyler Seguin has points in seven straight games (six goals, eight assists, 14 points).

*Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson has points in five straight games (one goal, six assists, seven 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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