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by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Minnesota Wild at Dallas Stars
Tuesday, January 24
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (19-20-9) lost 4-3 in overtime to Washington Saturday. The Stars led 3-1 after two periods, but the Capitals scored two power-play goals in the third to tie the game and then scored 19 seconds into overtime to hand the Stars their fourth loss in the past five games (1-3-1).

"The team gave everything they had," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. "They emptied the tank. It was a disappointing loss."

Stars forward Radek Faksa suffered a lower-body injury in Saturday's game and is expected to miss at least the next two games.

Forward Tyler Seguin did not practice Monday due to illness. He is questionable for Tuesday. Forward Jamie Benn, who suffered a broken nose in Saturday's game, did not practice Monday but will play Tuesday.

Tuesday's game is the second of a six-game homestand for the Stars.

Injuries: C/RW Tyler Seguin (illness) is questionable. C Radek Faksa (lower body) is out. D Johnny Oduya (lower body), Jamie Oleksiak (hand), C/LW Mattias Janmark (knee) and RW Ales Hemsky (hip) are on injured reserve.

About Wild

The Wild (30-11-5) lost the finale of a four-game homestand, falling 4-2 to Nashville Sunday night. The Wild jumped out to a 2-0 lead 7:31 into the game, but the Predators scored four straight to win for the six time in seven games.

"You've got to be able to play with a lead," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It's tough to play with a lead in this league. … You've got to go after them and try to increase the lead rather than just hold the lead."

The Wild, who went 2-2-0 on the four-game homestand, are 19-3-1 in their past 23 games.

Wild captain Mikko Koivu missed Sunday's game due to illness.

Minnesota assigned F Kurtis Gabriel to Iowa (AHL) Monday.

Injuries: C Mikko Koivu (illness) is questionable. D Jonas Brodin (finger) and D Victor Bartley (arm) are on injured reserve.

Season Series

*This is the fourth of five meetings between the Stars and Wild.

*The Stars are 1-2-0 in the season series.

*The Wild are 2-0-1 in the season series.

*Oct. 29, at Minnesota: Wild 4, Stars 0
*Nov. 21, at Dallas: Stars 3, Wild 2 (OT)
*Jan. 14, at Dallas: Wild 5, Stars 4

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars are 12-7-5 at home.

*The Wild are 14-5-5 on the road.

*The Stars are 8-9-3 vs. the Central Division.

*The Wild are 9-4-2 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars will be playing their tenth game in the past 18 days.

*The Wild will be playing their eighth game in the past 13 days.

*The Wild rank fourth in goals for (3.28 per game) and second in goals against (2.26 per game).

*The Stars rank 15th in goals for (2.69 per game) and 28th in goals against (3.15 per game).

*The Wild are 10-32 (31.3 percent) on the power play over their past 11 games.

*The Stars have allowed 15 power-play goals over their past 11 games and are 23-38 (60.5) percent on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*Patrick Eaves leads the Stars with 17 goals this season and has 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists) in his past 6 games.

*Eric Staal leads the Wild with 16 goals.

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 DallasStars.com 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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