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Saturday, November 5, 2011
Stars-Hurricanes Preview

By Mark Stepneski

Dallas Stars at Carolina Hurricanes
Sunday November 6
12:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (9-3-0) are coming off a wild 7-6 overtime win over Colorado Friday at American Airlines Center Friday. The Stars overcame 2-0, 5-4 and 6-5 deficits in the game and a squandered a 4-2 lead as well. Loui Eriksson’s second goal of the game, with 1:05 left in overtime, was the game winner.

“It was just one of those nights you don’t like as a coach but if you came to the game, you feel like you got your money’s worth,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan.

Sunday’s game kicks off a four-game road trip for the Stars, who will play at Carolina, Washington, Pittsburgh and Detroit.

Kari Lehtonen will start in goal on Sunday.

Injuries: LW Steve Ott (hip pointer) is out.

About the Hurricanes

The Hurricanes (5-5-3) lost 5-1 to Washington in Raleigh on Friday. Carolina scored early in the game to take a 1-0 lead, but Washington scored the next five goals.

"I don't have an explanation for it, but we did not have the fire in order to win that game," Carolina coach Paul Maurice said. "And that's the bottom line. Whether it's your passing, your hitting, whatever it is."

The Hurricanes are now 2-4-1 over their last seven games.

Injuries: LW Jussi Jokinen (leg) is out.

Series notes

*This is the first and only meeting between the two teams this season.

*The Stars were 2-0-0 against Carolina last season.

*The Hurricanes were 0-1-1 against the Stars last season.

*The Stars are 37-25-6 all-time against Carolina.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have scored on the power play in three of the last four games and are 5-16 (31.3%) on the PP during that stretch.

*The Hurricanes are 15-16 (93.8%) on the penalty kill over the last four games.

*The Hurricanes are 1-14 (7.1%) on the power play over the last four games and 2-27 (7.4%) over the last seven games.

*Stars forward Loui Eriksson has five goals in the last six games.

*Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray has three goals in the last four games.

*Stars forward Jamie Benn has points in four straight games (0 goals, six assists).