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Stars-Senators Preview

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Sunday, March 6

4:00 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus

Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

The Stars (39-20-7) snapped a four-game losing streak (0-3-1) with a 4-2 win over New Jersey Friday at American Airlines Center. Valeri Nichushkin and Colton Sceviour both had one goal and one assist for the Stars and Jason Spezza and Vernon Fiddler also scored.

“I thought [the effort] was solid from start to finish,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “We defended well and played strong in our own end. We got a good effort from all four lines, just a good effort from start to finish.”

The Stars snapped a five-game home losing streak (0-4-1) and won for just the second time in the past nine games (2-5-2) overall.

The Stars lost defenseman John Klingberg to a lower-body injury early in the game. He did not practice Saturday and is out for Sunday.

Sunday’s game kicks off a two-game road trip for the Stars.

Injuries: RW Patrick Eaves (illness) is day to day. D John Klingberg (lower body), RW Patrick Sharp (lower body) and D Jordie Benn (lower body) are out.

The Senators (31-28-7) won 3-2 at Toronto Saturday night. The Senators trailed 2-1 after two periods, but Marc Methot tied the game early in the third period, and Zack Smith scored the game-winning goal with 2:15 remaining.

Defenseman Dion Phaneuf played his first game in Toronto since being traded from the Maple Leafs to the Senators. Phaneuf received a video tribute during the game and a standing ovation from Toronto fans.

“I just want to thank the fans for what they did. It meant a lot to me,” Phaneuf told media after the game. “That was some good closure, really classy by them.”

The Senators snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 6-2-1 over their past nine games.

Ottawa is five points out of the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Injuries: G Craig Anderson (lower body) is day to day. C Kyle Turris (ankle), D Mark Borowiecki (knee), LW Clarke MacArthur (concussion) and D Chris Phillips (back) are out.

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

*Ottawa won the first meeting, defeating the Stars 7-4 in Dallas on Nov. 24.

*The Stars have won three straight games in Ottawa.

*The Stars are 17-9-2 vs. the Eastern Conference including 7-5-1 against the Atlantic Division.

*The Senators are 13-8-2 vs. the Western Conference including 5-3-2 against the Central Division.

*The Stars are 8-6-2 since the All-Star break.

*The Senators are 8-7-1 since the break.

*The Stars rank second in goal scoring at 3.20 per game.

*The Senators are tied for fifth in goal scoring at 2.82 per game.

*The Stars rank 22nd in goals against at 2.86 per game.

*The Senators are tied for 27th in goals against at 3.04 per game.

*The Senators rank 30th in the league in shots against per game (33.5).

*The Stars rank third in the league in shots per game (32.4).

*The Senators rank 29th in the league on the penalty kill (74.0 percent).

*The Stars rank seventh on the power play (21.5 percent).

*Stars forward Colton Sceviour has scored four goals in the past six games.

*Stars forward Vernon Fiddler has scored a goal in three straight games.

*Dallas captain Jamie Benn ranks second in the NHL in points (71).

*Dallas center Tyler Seguin and Ottawa captain Erik Karlsson are tied for third in points (68).

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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