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Tuesday, November 22, 2011
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By Mark Stepneski


Los Angeles Kings at Dallas Stars
Wednesday November 23
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at American Airlines Center Monday night. Eleven different Dallas players registered a point in the game.

“I am not going to lie to you, it feels pretty good to get a gulp of air,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “I thought that our players played real hard and Kari (Lehtonen) was sharp when we need him to be. We got a real good team effort. We were physical, we played hard. We still took a lot of penalties, but we cleaned up our own mess.”

Kari Lehtonen will start in goal for the Stars Wednesday.

Injuries: D Alex Goligoski (broken thumb) and RW Adam Burish (broken hand) are out.

About the Kings

The Kings won 3-2 in St. Louis Tuesday night. Less than two minutes after the Blues had tied the game at 2-2, Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell scored on a shot from the point with 5:49 remaining to give Los Angeles the win. Mike Richards also scored, running his goal scoring streak to four games.

“Richards has been very hot and playing very well,” said Kings coach Terry Murray. “He’s starting to feel comfortable in L.A. and we’re excited about that.’’

Jonathan Bernier started in goal for the Kings and stopped 23 shots.

Injuries: F Dustin Penner (hand), D Alec Martinez (upper body) and F Scott Parse (upper body) are out.

Series notes

*This is the third of six meetings between the Stars and Kings.

*The Stars are 0-2-0 against the Kings this season.

*The Kings are 2-0-0 against the Stars this season.

*October 22, at Los Angeles: Kings 1, Stars 0
October 27, at Dallas: Kings 5, Stars 3

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 0-8 on the power play over the last four games and 1-12 over the last six.

*The Kings have allowed a power play goal in eight of the last nine games and are 36-46 (78.3%) on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*Kings goalie Jonathan Quick is 12-3-0 with a 1.99 goals against average and .928 save percentage in his career against the Stars.

*Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen is 4-5-0 in his career against Los Angeles with a 2.65 goals against average and .904 save percentage.

*Kings forward Mike Richards has seven goals in the last seven games.

*The Stars lead the NHL in hits with 599.

*The Kings rank third in the NHL in hits with 511.