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Stars-Wild Preview

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars at Minnesota Wild

Saturday October 12
7:00 p.m.
TV: TXA 21
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM

About the Stars

The Stars (2-1-0) opened their three game road trip with a 4-1 win at Winnipeg Friday night. Tyler Seguin figured in all four Dallas goals, scoring two and assisting on two. Jamie Benn had one goal and two assists and Alex Chiasson registered one goal and one assist.

“It’s our first road game and our first real road trip. The biggest focus going in was to have a good start,” Seguin said. “It was a great win for us tonight. We’ve got to string some more together here on the road.”

The Stars were 2-5 on the power play Friday after going 0-5 with the man-advantage in their first two games.

Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen left the game late in the second period with a lower body injury. He is listed as day to day. Dan Ellis played the final 25:17, stopping 22 of 23 shots in his first game of the season for the Stars. Ellis will start Saturday against the Wild.

Injuries: G Kari Lehtonen (lower body) is day-to-day. D Aaron Rome (hip) is out.

About the Wild

The Wild (1-1-2) won their first game of the season, defeating Winnipeg 2-1 at Xcel Energy Center Thursday night.

“I think it's good to get both points,” Wild coach Mike Yeo said. “We continued to do a lot of things we have been, but bottom line is, we got both points. Needless to say, we needed that.”

Matt Cooke scored the game-winning goal and also chipped in an assist for the Wild, who outshot the Jets 30-15.

Josh Harding is expected to start in goal for the Wild Saturday. It will be the second straight start for Harding, who has taken over for the injured Niklas Backstrom.

Injuries: G Niklas Backstrom (knee), F Charlie Coyle (knee) and F Mike Rupp (knee) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the first of four meetings between the Stars and Wild this season.

*The Stars were 1-2-0 against the Wild in 2012-13 last season.

*The Stars are 30-14-3 all-time versus the Wild.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have not allowed an even strength goal over their last two games.

*The Stars have allowed just two goals over the past two games, both on the power play.

*Minnesota is 5-19 (26.3 percent) on the power play this season.

*The Stars are 11-13 (84.6 percent) on the penalty kill.

*Minnesota is the top faceoff team in the league at 60.6 percent.

*The Stars, who lost 40 of 64 faceoffs on Friday, have won 46.5 percent of faceoffs this season.

*Minnesota is allowing just 22.0 shots per game, which is tops in the NHL.

*The Stars are averaging 26.3 shots per game, which ranks 27th in the NHL.

*Zach Parise leads the Wild with three goals.

*Alex Chiasson leads the Stars with three goals.

*Tyler Seguin (two goals, three assists) leads the Stars with five 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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