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Friday, February 10, 2012
Stars-Sabres preview

By Mark Stepneski

Dallas Stars at Buffalo Sabres
Friday February 10
6:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (28-23-2) are coming off a 4-2 at Columbus Thursday. The Stars scored two goals in the first 4:21 of the game and added a third at 1:05 of the second to build a 3-0 lead in the game.

“It was a big start tonight. Those two goals were huge. Getting some momentum on the road for our team is big. We definitely want that in the first period,” said Stars center Jamie Benn, who scored two goals. “We battled a lot harder. We won some battles. There are still things we can clean up. Our second period wasn’t very good. We know that. It was because of bad penalties and turnovers that they got their chances. We need to clean that up.”

The Stars are 4-2-0 in their last six games.

The Stars are 0-8-1 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.

Richard Bachman will get the start in goal for the Stars on Friday.

Injuries: D Sheldon Souray (foot) is questionable. LW Brenden Morrow (neck/shoulder) is out.

About the Sabres

The Sabres (23-24-6) ran their points streak to five games (4-0-1) with a 6-0 victory over Boston in Buffalo Wednesday night. The game featured 90 minutes in penalties and three fights.

“We’re not going to back down,” Sabres forward Jason Pominville said. “Guys stepped in. Some of them played out of character. Everybody did different things to help us win. And that’s what a team is all about.”

Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller stopped 36 shots for his second shutout in the past three games.

Buffalo is 5-0-4 in its last nine home games.

Injuries: F Jochen Hecht (concussion), D T.J. Brennan (lower body) and F Colin Stuart (lower body) are out.

Series notes

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

*The Stars won last season’s only meeting, shutting out Buffalo 4-0 in Dallas.

*The Stars are 41-52-18 all-time against the Sabres.