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Thursday, November 24, 2011
Stars-Maple Leafs Preview

By Mark Stepneski

Toronto Maple Leafs at Dallas Stars
Friday November 25
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (13-8-0) overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 in overtime Wednesday at American Airlines Center. Loui Eriksson scored with 20.3 seconds remaining to tie and Steve Ott won it with 2:04 left in the extra period.

“We stuck with it,” said Ott. “I thought the game plan coming in was pretty well taken care of throughout the whole 60 minutes. The unfortunate part was we were down 2-0 so we had to come back out of a little bit of a hole. I think we outchanced them a lot tonight and I think the final result was probably the proper result.”

Kari Lehtonen will get the star in goal for the Stars Friday.

About the Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs (12-8-2) won 7-1 at Tampa Bay on Tuesday. It was the second time in the last three games that the Leafs had scored seven goals in a game.

“There were some moments, but we pretty much negated their forecheck for the most part,” Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. “And we wanted to push the pace and I thought we were really effective doing it.”

Jonas Gustavsson will start in goal for the Leafs for the Leafs Friday.

Injuries: G James Reimer (concussion), D Mike Komisarek (upper body), C Mikhail Grabovski (knee), F Mike Brown (lower body), F Matthew Lombardi (shoulder) and F Colby Armstrong (ankle) are out.

Series notes

*This is the first and only meeting between the Stars and Maple Leafs this season.

*The Maple Leafs won last season’s only meeting, topping the Stars 4-1 in Toronto.

*The Stars are 89-86-28 all-time against Toronto.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have outshot their opposition 73-42 over the last two games.

*The Stars are 0-11 on the power play over the last five games, although they did score a goal just a power play expired on Wednesday.

*The Maple Leafs have scored on the power play in five straight games and are 8-15 (53.3) on the PP during that stretch.

*The Stars are 9-9 on the penalty kill over the last two games.

*The Maple Leafs are 18-20 on the penalty over the last five games.

*Stars forward Steve Ott has scored the game-winning goal in each of the team’s last two games.

*Toronto’s Phil Kessel , who leads the NHL in goals (16) and points (30), has points in seven of his last eight games (6 goals, 3 assists).