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Stars-Bruins Preview

Wednesday, 01.15.2014 / 10:23 PM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Bruins Preview
Previewing Thursday night\'s tilt between the Dallas Stars and Boston Bruins.

Boston Bruins at Dallas Stars
Thursday, January 16
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (21-18-7) snapped a six-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over Edmonton at American Airlines Center on Tuesday. It was the Stars’ first win of 2014 and it snapped a three-game losing streak at home.

"We're pretty happy with this one," said Stars forward Ryan Garbutt, who had one goal and one assist in the game. "First win of 2014, we just have to keep it going. We played hard as a team. We've had some tough breaks in this little slide here but we got some breaks and some bounces tonight. We worked hard for the bounces."

The Stars will now look for their first winning streak of 2014, but will face a stiff test in the Boston Bruins, who rank second in the Eastern Conference.

“It’s huge. We’ve got a pretty good team coming in here, and it’s going to be a good test for us to see if we can keep this going,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn.

Stars forward Ray Whitney did not skate Wednesday, but is expected to play Thursday vs. the Bruins.

Injuries: D Aaron Rome (lower body) and D Stephane Robidas (leg) are out.

About the Bruins

The Bruins (29-15-2) are coming off a 4-3 loss to Toronto in Boston on Tuesday. It was the third loss in the last four games for the Bruins.

"You know at times, we did some really good things. But unfortunately, we had some breakdowns and stuff and we lost a close game,” said Bruins forward Jarome Iginla. “Guys were trying to build back kind of a winning streak again, and we had a good game in San Jose. Today wasn't as good. We get back at it against [Dallas on Thursday], and we try to start there again. But I don't think there's anyone feeling sorry for ourselves. And I don't believe we can [feel sorry for ourselves]. It's just a tough stretch."

The Bruins allowed four goals or more for the fifth time in their last eight games. The Boston penalty kill has allowed six power play goals over the last four games and 10 over the last seven.

“It just seems like we’re making simple mistakes that maybe we don’t make, and they seem to be capitalizing on everything,” said Bruins forward Brad Marchand. “I think we just got to get back to keeping it a little more simple and making sure everyone does their job. Hopefully, then we can get back on a good roll.”

Thursday’s game is the first of a two-game road trip for the Bruins, who play at Chicago on Sunday.

Injuries: D Dougie Hamilton (concussion), D Dennis Seidenberg (knee) and C Chris Kelly (leg) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the second and final meeting between the Stars and Bruins.

*The Stars are 1-0-0 in the season series.

*The Bruins are 0-0-1.

*November 5, Dallas at Boston: Stars 3, Bruins 2 (SO)

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 2-3-1 in their last six games at home.

*The Bruins have lost five of their last seven games on the road (2-5-0).

*The Stars are 5-23 (21.7 percent) on the power play in their last six home games.

*The Bruins have allowed six power play goals over the last four games and are 9-15 (60.0 percent on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*The Bruins are 0-16 on the power play over the last six games.

*The Stars are 8-13 (61.5 percent) on the penalty kill over the last five games.

*The Bruins have allowed four goals or more in three of the last four games and five of their last eight.

*The Stars have lost six straight against the Eastern Conference and are 6-9-1 vs. the East this season.

*The Bruins are 9-4-2 vs. the Western Conference.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars in goals (21) and points (42).

*Reilly Smith leads the Bruins in goals (15) and David Krejci leads the Bruins in points (36).

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

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 50 32 12 6 147 134 70
2 NSH 48 31 11 6 145 115 68
3 STL 48 31 13 4 156 117 66
4 CHI 49 31 16 2 155 113 64
5 WPG 50 26 16 8 140 127 60
6 SJS 49 26 17 6 137 135 58
7 VAN 47 27 17 3 129 120 57
8 CGY 49 26 20 3 140 127 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 COL 50 21 18 11 131 141 53
11 DAL 48 22 19 7 152 157 51
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 48 17 25 6 111 161 40
14 EDM 49 13 27 9 113 162 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 48 28 25 1 53
J. Benn 48 16 28 -2 44
J. Spezza 48 8 27 -4 35
T. Daley 45 12 12 -7 24
E. Cole 44 12 11 3 23
A. Goligoski 48 1 22 8 23
A. Roussel 48 11 11 -1 22
C. Eakin 45 9 13 8 22
J. Klingberg 34 7 13 8 20
A. Hemsky 45 8 11 -6 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 20 11 7 .903 2.99
A. Lindback 2 7 0 .875 3.79
 
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