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Dallas Stars at Los Angeles Kings

Thursday November 11

9:30 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest

Radio: KTCK

About the Stars

The Stars (8-5-0) last played Saturday, losing 5-0 at Colorado. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Stars, who were playing their third game in four nights.

“We knew it was going to be a tough outing,” coach Marc Crawford said. “We got behind and it just didn’t seem like we had an awful lot going for us once we did get behind.”

The Stars were shutout for the second time this season.

Kari Lehtonen will start in goal for Dallas on Thursday.

Injuries: None.

About the Kings

The Kings last played Saturday, running their winning streak to four games with a 4-1 win over Nashville at Staples Center. But they lost two players to injury during the game. Defenseman Willie Mitchell (fractured wrist) and left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky (broken finger) are going to be out for a while.

“You make adjustments. It’s a competitive game and when you play hard stuff happens in a game,” Kings coach Terry Murray told the Los Angeles Times. “Injuries happen.”

Jonathan Bernier stopped 25 shots for the Kings, who improved to 6-0-0 at home this season.

Injuries: D Willie Mitchell (wrist) and LW Alexei Ponikarovsky (finger) are out.

Series Notes

  • This is the second of six meetings between the two teams.

  • The Kings are 1-0-0 in the season series and the Stars are 0-1-0.

  • October 28 | at Dallas | Los Angeles 5, Dallas 2

Statistical Tidbits

  • The Stars have lost seven games at Los Angeles over the past three seasons, but only one of them has been in regulation. They are 3-1-6 during that span for total of 12 points. The Kings’ record in those games is 7-3-0 for a total of 14 points.

  • The Kings have allowed two goals or fewer in eight of their 13 games this season.

  • The Stars have scored four goals or more in eight of their 13 games this season.

  • The Kings are 21-21 on the penalty kill at home so far this season and lead the league with a home penalty kill rate of 100.0 percent.

  • The Kings are 1-21 (4.8 percent) on the power play at home, ranking 30th in the league.

  • The Stars are 30th in road penalty killing at 57.9 percent (11-19).

  • The Stars are 13-14 on the penalty kill over the last four games and 5-5 on the PK in their last two road games.

Statistical matchup

Statistical matchup between the Dallas Stars and Los Angeles Kings.