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by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Minnesota Wild at Dallas Stars
Monday, November 21
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (7-7-5) are coming off a 5-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers Saturday at American Airlines Center that snapped Dallas' five-game point streak. The Oilers led 2-0 after one period and 4-0 by the six-minute mark of the second.

"It's tough when you spot the team four goals," said Stars captain Jamie Benn. "We had a couple of bad bounces, but it is what it is. They got a 4-0 lead, and that's tough to come back from."

Stars defenseman Johnny Oduya suffered a lower-body injury in Saturday's game and was placed on injured reserve Sunday.

The Stars recalled defensemen Esa Lindell and Julius Honka from the Texas Stars of the AHL. This is the first NHL call-up for Honka, the Stars' first-round pick (14th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Monday's game wraps up a four-game homestand for the Stars, who are 1-1-1 in the first three games.

Injuries: D Johnny Oduya (lower body), RW Jiri Hudler (illness), C/LW Mattias Janmark (knee) and RW Ales Hemsky (hip) are on injured reserve.

About the Wild

The Wild (9-7-1) lost 3-2 to Colorado Saturday in St. Paul. The Wild led 2-0 after two periods, but the Avalanche scored three times in a 5:29 span of the third to hand Minnesota its fifth loss in the past eight games (3-5-0).

"We stopped playing," Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk told media. "I don't know what happened. That's not like us. I don't know if we thought it was going to be an easy third with the way the game was going, but we had a pretty good game going and that's a waste of a game. That's not good enough."

LW Zach Parise missed Saturday's game due to illness but was on the ice for Sunday's practice.

Minnesota went 1-2-0 on a three-game homestand, plays in Dallas on Monday and then returns home for two more games in St. Paul.

Injuries: LW Zach Parise (illness) is day to day. D Marco Scandella (ankle), C Zac Dalpe (knee) and D Victor Bartley (triceps) are on injured reserve.

Season Series

*This is the second of five meetings between the Stars and Wild this season.

*The Wild won the first meeting, 4-0, in Minnesota on Oct. 29.  

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars are 4-3-2 at home.

*The Wild are 4-4-1 on the road.

*The Stars are 4-5-1 vs. the Central Division.

*The Wild are 2-3-0 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars are 0-6-3 when the opposition scores the first goal of the game and 7-1-2 when they score first.

*The Wild are 5-3-1 when they score first and 4-4-0 when the opposition scores first.

*The Wild have scored two goals or fewer in seven of their past eight games.

*The Stars are 9-33 (27.3 percent) on the power play in their past eight games.

*The Stars are 13-14 (92.9 percent) on the penalty kill in their past six games.

*Stars RW Patrick Eaves is on a five-game goal-scoring streak and has tallied six goals during that stretch.

*C Tyler Seguin leads the Stars in scoring with 21 points (7 goals, 14 assists).

*C Eric Staal (5 goals, 8 assists) and D Ryan Suter (4 goals, 9 assists) co-lead the Wild in scoring with 13 points.

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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