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Preview: Dallas Stars @ Nashville Predators (5:00pm CST)

Back-to-back fun in Nashville- Because we couldn’t be allowed to sit on a fun win for a couple of days and enjoy it.

NHL: Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

A four-game losing streak was halted Saturday at American Airlines Center. Abysmal outings on the road in Canada ailed them. A little home cooking did them some good in front of a big crowd.

That was that, though. Back out on the road for a few more fast and furious starting in Nasville this afternoon. That 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes was fun though, right?

“Finally we got a little bit of puck luck," Lindy Ruff explained. "I hope we didn’t use it all up in one game. We’ve talked about finishing and getting the bounce here and there but it hasn’t come our way. I thought those early goals, even with McKenzie’s goal, the effort was good but you have to get a little bit of luck at the same time and today I thought we got that.”

Luck, and the injury-ninja didn't make an appearance. It doesn't take much these days, does it? Luck is not a strategy, of course. It was fun, however.

Fun was not had in Nashville yesterday afternoon where the Perds also played the first half of a back-to-back set. Pekka Rinne surrendered four goals in just 16 shots faced before he got yanked in the second period.

So where the Stars might have seen 21 year-old Juuse Saros tomorrow (maybe not) now there's a chance Rinne will jump right back in on the back-to-back. Angry, probably.

From Fox Sports-

“They were focused, they wanted to regroup from the other night, and that’s the type of group they are,” Florida interim coach Tom Rowe said. “It’s a high-end character bunch of guys and they played great. They play the right way and when they play the right way they get rewarded.”

For the Predators, it was the most goals they’ve allowed this season after giving up six only twice before this season. Nashville coach Peter Laviolette didn’t hide his disgust with the performance.

“It was gross,” Laviolette said. “We didn’t play with any purposes. No passion. No effort. You’re never going to win a hockey game. The actions that we gave are going to give us the results that we got. It’s that simple.” [Foxsports.com]

Nashville isn't within sight of the Stars' point total but they've been up-and-down lately, dropping five of their last eight overall. Hopefully they saved some "gross" for this afternoon, and the Stars saved some "puck luck" for the same.

Jason Spezza is heading out with the team on the road trip and is "close"- Actually if you didn't read Lindy's comments you should because there was actual real-life joking around:

"Spezza will go on the road trip," Ruff opened his set with. "He’s feeling a lot better and had a really good day today. I think he’s close but Oduya won’t be with us. Hemsky is doing well, too. He wanted you guys to know that. He feels you never ask about him. He’ll play before the end of the year, he’s doing really well.”

Their lines-

  • Forsberg-Johansen-Arvidsson
  • Aberg-Fisher-Smith
  • Wilson-Jarnkrok-Neal
  • McLeod-Fiddler-Watson

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  • Josi-Ellis
  • Ekholm-Subban
  • Irwin-Weber

They've traded one former Star for another- Placing Mike Ribeiro on waivers for a whole host of reasons the Stars were largely able to avoid in his time here, perhaps flirting with them a time or two. In his place they added Vernon Fiddler, who can hopefully write down a guide to penalty killing on a cocktail napkin this afternoon and slide it under the Stars' locker room door, you know, for old time's sake.

From Stars PR:

TO CATCH A PREDATOR

The Dallas Stars take on the Nashville Predators on Sunday evening for the fourth of five meetings during the 2016-17 regular season. The Stars are 2-1-0 this season against Nashville, with a 1-1-0 record at Bridgestone Arena. In the most recent game between the two clubs on Dec. 8 at American Airlines Center, the Stars defeated the Predators, 5-2. Captain Jamie Benn (1-2=3) and forward Jason Spezza (1-2=3) each notched three-point outings for the Stars, with forwards Tyler Seguin (1-1=2) and Antoine Roussel (1-1=2) registering two-points on the evening. Goaltender Kari Lehtonen recorded the win, stopping 34-of-36 shots faced on the evening. Lehtonen has started all three contests against Nashville this season and has posted a 2-1-0 record with a .917 SV% and a 2.34 GAA. Forwards Antoine Roussel (1-3=4) and Jason Spezza (2-2=4) lead all Stars skaters with four points in three games this season vs. the Predators.

THE BEST THERE'S EVER BENN

Captain Jamie Benn lit the lamp (1-0=1) on Thursday night against the Senators and now has goals in five of his last six games (5-2=7). Benn has recorded 13 points (7-6=13) in 13 games since returning from injury on Jan. 12 vs. Detroit. Benn ranks second on the Stars and shares 19th in the NHL with 47 points (17-30=47) in 51 games this season. Among club leaders, he ranks first on the team with 32 takeaways, is tied for first with two game-winning goals and ranks fifth with 69 hits. Away from American Airlines Center this season, he ranks second on the club with 18 points (7-11=18) in 23 road games. The native of Victoria, B.C. has points in seven of his last nine games against the Predators (7-7=14). Over the course of his NHL career, Benn has registered 27 points (11-16=27) in 31 games.