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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars at Minnesota Wild

Saturday, November 1, 2014
7:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus (Channel Guide)
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (4-2-4) lost 2-1 in overtime to Anaheim Friday at American Airlines Center. The Stars got off to a slow start in the game, managing just nine shots over the first two periods, including just one in the second. The Stars did manage to tie the game in the third period, before Nate Thompson scored midway through overtime to give the Ducks the extra point.

“We were very fortunate to get a point. That’s the good thing, we got a point,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “The first 40 minutes is as poor as I’ve seen us play. … We were below flat if you ask me. It was pretty disappointing.”

"We knew they played last night so we wanted to jump them but that didn’t happen,” said Stars defenseman Trevor Daley. “We had to dig down and battle back. It was a good result to battle back, we just have to find ways to get points. We got it to overtime and gave ourself a chance but didn’t get the job done.”

The loss pushed the Stars winless streak to three games (0-1-2).

Injuries: D Sergei Gonchar (ankle) and D Patrik Nemeth (arm) are out. RW Valeri Nichushkin is on a conditioning assignment.

About the Wild

The Wild (6-3-0) are coming off a 4-3 shootout win over San Jose Thursday in St. Paul. It was the second straight win for the Wild, who overcame 3-1 deficits in the third period to win both games.

“It's not something you want to make a habit out of, digging yourself into a hole," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "It felt like we were chasing most of the game, but I thought our game continued to get better as the game wore on."

The Wild lost defenseman Jared Spurgeon to a shoulder injury in the game. He is expected to be out for a while.

Injuries: D Jonas Brodin (upper body), D Christian Folin (illness) and C Erik Haula (head) are questionable. D Jared Spurgeon (shoulder), D Keith Ballard (illness) and LW Matt Cooke (lower body) are out.

Series Notes

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

*The Stars were 2-1-1 (5 points) vs. Minnesota last season.

*The Wild were 2-2-0 (4 points) vs. Dallas last season.

*The Stars are 32-15-4 all-time vs. Minnesota.

Statistical tidbits

*The Wild are 4-0-0 at home.

*The Stars are 3-2-0 on the road.

*The Stars are 1-4 in games settled beyond regulation.

*The Wild are 1-0 in games settled beyond regulation.

*The Stars are 4-9-1 in the second end of back-to-back games over the past two seasons.

*Minnesota allows a league-low 23.2 shots per game.

*The Wild are tied for tied in the league in goals against at 1.89 per game.

*The Wild have yet to score a power play goal this season. They are 0-27 with the man-advantage.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars in goals (7) and points (15).

*Jason Zucker leads the Wild with 5 goals.

*Zach Parise leads the Wild with 8 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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