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Friday, October 22, 2010
Stars-Predators Preview

By Mark Stepneski

Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars
Saturday October 23
7:00 p.m.
TV: TXA 21
Radio: KTCK

About the Stars

The Stars (5-1-0) are coming off a 4-1 win at Florida on Thursday. The Stars improved to 3-1-0 on the road this season as they bounced back from a 5-4 loss in Tampa Bay on Monday.

“It was a huge bounce back win for us,” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “Our guys put their minds to start righting some of things that had been problematic for us. Attention to detail in just simple things like getting pucks deep, getting pucks to the net, not giving up outnumbered chances going the other way, staying out of the penalty box. Those were all very positive for us.”

The Stars’ third line of Tom Wandell, Steve Ott and Jamie Benn scored three of the team’s goals. Wandell scored twice, Ott tallied once and Benn chipped in three assists. Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 of 28 shots for his fifth win.

Lehtonen will start in goal for the Stars for the seventh straight time this season.

Saturday’s game kicks off a six-game homestand for the Stars.

Injuries:  No major injuries.

About the Predators

The Nashville Predators (3-0-3) extended their points streak to six games, but their winless streak hit three with a 4-3 overtime loss to Pittsburgh in Nashville Thursday night. The Predators have dropped three straight games that have gone to overtime. All of them have come at home.

"At home you want to get two points," Nashville defenseman Shane O'Brien told the Tennessean. "We keep picking up points here. It's obviously not what you want, but it's better than none."

Nashville is the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss so far this season.

The Predators, who played five of their first six games at home, have 12 of their next 15 games on the road.

Injuries: D Ryan Suter (leg), C Matthew Lombardi (concussion) and C Marcel Goc (shoulder) are out.

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