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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Tuesday, November 24

7:30 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus

Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

The Stars (17-4-0) won their fifth straight game, defeating the Buffalo Sabres, 3-0, at American Airlines Center Saturday. Antti Niemi stopped 22 shots for his second shutout of the season, and Jamie Benn scored two goals.

“It’s a full team effort each and every night, win or lose,” Benn said. “Every guy is contributing something in here. Both our goalies, like I’ve said, have been doing a great job all year. Everyone is contributing, and that’s why we’re being successful.”

The Stars, who are off to the best start in franchise history, have won eight of their past nine games (8-1-0).

Defenseman Jason Demers, who left Saturday’s game with a lower-body injury, did not practice Monday, but Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Demers is a “possibility” for Tuesday. Defenseman Jordie Benn, who sat out Saturday’s game due to illness, practiced Monday.

Tuesday’s game is the second of a three-game homestand for the Stars.

Injuries: D Jason Demers (lower body) is questionable.

The Senators (10-5-5) defeated Philadelphia, 3-0, in Ottawa Saturday. Craig Anderson stopped 36 shots for his second shutout in a row, and Mike Hoffman had one goal and one assist for the Senators.

“We played hard-to-play-against hockey for another 60 minutes tonight,” said Anderson. “From start to finish, we made it really hard on the other team. We frustrated them, and it showed, and we were able to capitalize on our chances.”

The Senators have won two straight games and have points in five straight (3-0-2).

Tuesday’s game opens a three-game road trip for Ottawa, which also will play at Colorado and Arizona.

The Senators recalled F Colin Greening and G Chris Driedger from Binghamton (AHL) on Monday. G Matt O’Connor was reassigned to Binghamton.

Coach Dave Cameron said Craig Anderson will get the start in goal Tuesday.

Injuries: D Chris Phillips (back), F Clarke MacArthur (concussion), G Andrew Hammond (undisclosed) and D Patrick Wiercioch (undisclosed) are on injured reserve.

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

*The Stars were 2-0-0 against Ottawa last season.

*The Stars have won seven straight games against the Senators.

*The Stars are 8-2-0 at home.

*The Senators are 5-2-1 on the road.

*The Stars are 11-3-0 vs. the Eastern Conference

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

*The Stars rank second in the league in goal scoring (3.52 per game).

*The Senators rank seventh in goal scoring (2.90 per game).

*The Stars rank seventh in goals against (2.38 per game).

*Ottawa is tied for 19th in goals against (2.70 per game).

*Ottawa is 8-22 (36.4 percent) on the power play over the past seven games.

*The Stars are 13-14 (92.9 percent) on the penalty kill over the past five games.

*Dallas’ John Klingberg leads NHL defensemen in scoring with 23 points (4 goals, 19 assists).

*Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson ranks second among NHL defensemen in scoring with 22 points (5 goals, 17 assists).

*Stars captain Jamie Benn is on a five-game points streak (4 goals, 4 assists).

*Senators forward Bobby Ryan is on an eight-game points streak (3 goals, 7 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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