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Stars-Wings Preview

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars at Detroit Red Wings

Thursday, November 7
6:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (7-6-2) are coming off a 3-2 shootout win over Boston at TD Garden on Tuesday. Vernon Fiddler scored the game-tying goal on a penalty shot with 2:34 remaining and former Bruins Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley scored in the shootout in their first game against Boston since being traded to Dallas.

“It was a great identity win for us,” said Seguin. “They were one of the best third period teams in the league, have been for a while. We found a way.”

The Stars are 2-0-0 on their current road trip, which wraps up Thursday in Detroit. The Stars are 4-1-2 in their last seven games overall.

Thursday’s game will be a homecoming for Stars GM Jim Nill, who spent 19 seasons in Red Wings’ management, including the last 15 as assistant GM, before being hired by the Stars in late April.

“It’s going to be odd, but it’s going to be nice to see a lot of people I haven’t seen,” Nill said. “When I left there it was kind of quick and kind of gone type of thing. They were getting ready for the playoffs, I got hired down here and I didn’t really get a chance to say goodbye to a lot of people. It’s going to be nice to go back there and see everybody in the arena, say hello to the players and get in there and do our job.”

The Stars practiced in Detroit Wednesday. Captain Jamie Benn and goaltender Kari Lehtonen were given maintenance days.

Injuries: None

About the Red Wings

The Red Wings (9-5-2) last played Monday in Winnipeg, where they lost 4-2 to the Jets. The Red Wings had a 2-1 lead, but Winnipeg scored three unanswered goals, including two in the third period. The loss snapped a three game winning streak for the Red Wings, who went 3-1-0 on a four game road trip.

“After a loss, we're going to be down, but looking back, it's been a good road trip," Detroit forward Henrik Zetterberg said. "We did a lot of good things. We have a lot to build on. We just have to come home and play well in front of our home fans.”

The Red Wings have lost three straight at home, where they are 3-2-2 for the season.

Detroit placed forward Jordin Tootoo on waivers Wednesday. If he clears, he’ll be assigned to Grand Rapids of the AHL.

"This is the situation here — we have too many right wingers," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "We're not giving him a fair opportunity. He's done nothing wrong. He's played hard; he's been a good teammate. All those things. We'll see what happens. If Toots can get himself a place to play that he gets to play every night that'd be fantastic, and good for him.”

Injuries: G Jonas Gustavsson (neck) is probable. F Johan Franzen (illness), D Jonathan Ericsson (upper body) and D Brendan Smith (shoulder) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the first of two meetings between the Stars and Red Wings this season .

*The Stars were 1-2-0 against Detroit last season.

*The Stars are 102-105-36 all-time against Detroit.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 3-1-0 in their last four road games.

*The Red Wings are 0-1-2 in their last three games at home.

*The Red Wings have scored three goals in their last three home games.

*The Red Wings have scored two goals or fewer in 6 of their 7 games at Joe Louis Arena this season.

*The Red Wings are 1-14 on the power play in their last 4 games.

*The Stars are 0-10 on the power play in their last 4 games and 1-21 over the last 7 games.

*The Stars are 14-15 on the penalty kill over the last 4 games and 20-22 over the last 7 games.

*The Red Wings are 17-17 on the penalty kill over the last 4 games.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars in goals (6) and points (15).

*Henrik Zetterberg leads Detroit in goals (8). Pavel Datsyuk leads Detroit in points (16).

*Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen is 6-2-2 with a 1.93 goals against average and .937 save percentage.

*Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard is 5-5-2 with a 2.64 goals against average and .915 save percentage.

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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