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Stars-Kings Preview

12/10/2011

Dallas Stars at Los Angeles Kings

Saturday December 10

9:30 p.m.

TV: TXA 21

Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (15-11-1) opened a five-game road trip with a 5-2 loss at San Jose Thursday night. The Stars rallied to tie from an early 2-0 deficit to tie the game, but the Sharks scored three goals in the second half of the second period to blow the game open.

“I didn’t think we played too bad,” Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. “We got off to a rough start in the first, but we got one back late and tied it up. I didn’t mind our game up to (the third goal). After that I thought we lost our luster a little bit more. They were hungry team.”

The Stars have lost five of their last six road games.

The Stars are still undecided on whether Andrew Raycroft or Richard Bachman will start in goal Saturday. Gulutzan said there’s a “good possibility” Bachman could get the nod.

Injuries: D Mark Fistric (suspension), RW Adam Burish (broken hand) and G Kari Lehtonen (groin) are out.

About the Kings

The Kings (13-11-4) dropped their third straight game, falling 4-2 to the Minnesota Wild at Staples Center Thursday night.

“At the end of the day, if you’re going to live up to the expectations and be a good hockey club, you as an individual, you as a hockey player, when you’re sitting in there, that’s where your responsibility is. You have to make that decision,” said Kings coach Terry Murray. “It’s an attitude that pushes you up to the next level. I’ve said this to the players before. If you line everybody up on the goal line and you race everybody to the far goal line in this league, the difference is very, very little. There might not be a difference with some teams. Minnesota is the No. 1 team in the league right now. They’re a good team. They’ve got good balance. But they work hard, they’re intense and their attitude is right. I like our team a lot. We’ve got good people. Most every game, we bring the right attitude with the right compete. But it has to be there for 60 minutes.”

The Kings placed F Ethan Moreau on waivers Friday.

Injuries: C Mike Richards (upper body) and LW Scott Parse (hip) are out.

Series notes

*This is fourth of six meetings between the two teams.

*The Stars are 1-2-0 in the season series.

*The Kings are 2-0-1 in the season series.

*October 22, at Los Angeles: Kings 1, Stars 0

October 27, at Dallas: Kings 5, Stars 3

November23, at Dallas: Stars 3, Kings 2 (OT)

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are 1-5-0 in their last six road games and have been outscored 20-8.

*The Stars have given up an average of 38 shots over their last six road games.

*The Kings are 2-4-0 in their last six home games and have scored nine goals in those six home games.

*The Kings have scored 12 goals over the last seven games overall and have not scored more than two in any of those games.

*The Kings are 3-31 (9.7%) on the power play over the last nine games.

*The Stars are 22-24 (91.7%) on the penalty kill over the last eight games.

*The Kings are 26-27 (96.3%) on the penalty kill over the last eight games.

Statistical Matchup

Statistical matchup between the Dallas Stars and Los Angeles Kings