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Dallas Stars take on LA Kings in afternoon showdown


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If the Stars are serious about turning this ship around and making a push for the playoffs, then they must find some way maintain consistency in their level of play. All of the momentum gained in the win against Detroit was lost after allowing the Buffalo Sabres to rally back from a 3-0 deficit and win in a shootout Thursday.

Mark Stepneski talks about how the Stars are giving too much back to the opposition even though they have a winning record in the past month.

That's because that Detroit game was the seventh time in 12 games the Stars have gone beyond regulation, which meant it was a three-point game. In other words, both teams got points. Thursday's shootout loss against Buffalo made it eight games in 13 that had gone beyond regulation and turned into a three-pointer.

During the Stars' last 20 games, when they've gone 11-6-3 and climbed a bit up the standings a moved a little closer to eight place, they've played a total of nine games that have gone beyond regulation. They've won six of those nine games, which has helped in their upward climb. But all the overtime games does have a downside. It means that their opponents get points as well.

Mike Heika gives us a practice update from Friday.

Stephane Robidas didn't go through full practice, but said he was fine.

Brad Richards took a rest day.

Fabian Brunnstrom skated some, but left early. He's making progress.

Brenden Morrow turns 30 today and, while doing a television interview, got a pie in the face from Steve Ott. You should be able to catch film of the event on the game telecast tomorrow on FS SW

Great news about Robidas who looked like he suffered a somewhat serious injury in the third period against Buffalo.



Logo_dallas_stars_medium  The Dallas Stars are 2-1-2 in their last five games and are coming off a disappointing shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres Thursday night. After seeing a significant increase in shots on goal the previous ten games the Stars mustered just 25 against the Sabres, including just 3 on net in the second period.

Leading Scorer: Brad Richards 11G 25A 36 Pts
Projected Goalie: Marty Turco 17-15-7 3.17 GAA .883 Sv%


Kings_logo_medium The Los Angeles Kings have lost three straight and have been outscored by a total of 12-2 in that span. The Kings find themselves in last place in the Pacific division yet hope to get an significant boost with Jack Johnson returning to the team off injured reserve.

Leading Scorer: Anze Kopitar 11G 22A 33 Pts
Projected Goalie: Erik Ersberg 8-7-2 2.48 GAA .898 Sv%

Season series: The Kings won both games by a score of 3-2 of a home and home series in November. The Stars are 3-3-3 in their last nine games against the Kings.