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Stars-Wings Preview

Wednesday, 11.06.2013 / 11:00 PM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Wings Preview
Previewing Thursday night\'s tilt between the Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings.

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 DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 64 41 16 7 192 155 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 64 31 25 8 179 181 70
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 63 23 37 -3 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 63 15 37 -5 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 60 16 17 -10 33
J. Klingberg 49 10 23 1 33
C. Eakin 60 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 57 9 17 -9 26
A. Goligoski 63 2 24 1 26
A. Roussel 61 12 11 -11 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 25 2 .900 3.30
 
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