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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Minnesota Wild at Dallas Stars

Friday November 28
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus (Channel Guide)
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (9-9-4) won their third straight game, defeating Edmonton 3-2 at American Airlines Center Tuesday night. Tyler Seguin scored two goals and John Klingberg had one goal and one assist. Kari Lehtonen stopped 35 of 37 shots.

"We're getting closer to our game and putting together a full game," Seguin said. "We are still showing glimpses of not playing our game, but we were happy to walk away with a win."

Dallas is 5-3-0 in its last eight games.

The NHL suspended Stars forward Ryan Garbutt two games on Thursday for kneeing Edmonton’s Taylor Hall during the third period of Tuesday’s game.

Friday’s game is the fifth and final game a five-game homestand for the Stars, who are 3-1-0 in the first four.

Injuries: RW Ryan Garbutt (suspension), RW Valeri Nichushkin (hip) and D Patrik Nemeth (arm) are out.

About the Wild

The Wild (12-9-0) are coming off a 4-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday night in St. Paul. Los Angeles scored four times in the first period, forcing Wild starting goaltender Darcy Kuemper from the net.

“Just one of those nights where it doesn’t go your way,” Kuemper said. “It’s not easy, I was trying to battle for the team and it didn’t really come together tonight. It happens, you just have to move forward from it.”

The loss was just the second in the last seven games for the Wild (5-2-0).

Injuries: D Jonas Brodin (illness) is questionable. LW Matt Cooke (hip) is out.

Series Notes

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

*The Stars are 0-2-0 (0 points) in the season series.

*The Wild are 2-0-0 (4 points) in the season series.

*November 1, at Minnesota: Wild 4, Stars 1

*November 15, at Dallas: Wild 2, Stars 1

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have won three straight games for the first time this season.

*The Stars are 4-5-4 at home but have won their last three at the AAC.

*Minnesota is 5-7-0 on the road, but has won three of its last four away from home (3-1-0).

*The Stars are 0-5-2 vs. the Central Division.

*The Wild are 5-0-0 vs. the Central Division.

*The Wild are 7-3-0 vs. the Western Conference.

*The Stars are 6-7-3 vs. the Western Conference.

*The Wild allow the fewest shots per game in the league (24.9).

*The Wild rank sixth in goals against (2.29 per game).

*The Stars rank 28th in goals against (3.32 per game).

*Stars forward Tyler Seguin has scored 10 goals in the last nine games and leads the NHL with 17 goals in 22 games.

*Wild forward Zach Parise has seven points (five goals, two assists) in his last nine games.

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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