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Phoenix Coyotes at Dallas Stars

Sunday December 26

7:00 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest

Radio: KTCK

About the Stars

The Stars (21-10-4) headed into the two-day Christmas break with a 3-2 shootout loss to the Calgary Flames at American Airlines Center. Calgary, which outshot the Stars 33-16, scored with less than two minutes remaining to tie the game before winning it in the shootout. The point the Stars picked up in the game left them tied with Detroit for first in the Western Conference.

“We’re disappointed with the way that we played tonight. It wasn’t anywhere close to the type of game we’ve come to expect from ourselves,” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “On the bright side, we got a point. If you would have said at the start of the season that we’d be tied for first place going into the Christmas break in the Western Conference, we’d all be pretty happy. We should be pretty happy.”

The Stars are 11-2-3 over their last 16 games.

Injuries: D Karlis Skrastins (quad contusion) is probable.

About the Coyotes

The Coyotes (15-11-7) lost 4-1 at San Jose on Thursday. It gave the Coyotes a 1-3-1 record in the first five games of a stretch where they play six straight on the road.

"It hasn't been fun, it's been a tough trip, but I think we have enough character and we're a good enough team to kind of get out of this," said goaltender Jason LaBarbera, who has been filling in for the injured Ilya Bryzgalov. "Sometimes it’s good to go through stuff like this just to build a little bit of closeness and get us back to where we need to be because we kind of lost that the last couple of weeks.”

The Coyotes are 4-6-2 over their last 12 games.

Sunday will mark the 1,000th career game for Phoenix defenseman Ed Jovanovski.

Injuries: G Ilya Bryzgalov (upper body) and F Taylor Pyatt (upper body) are day-to-day.

Series Notes

* This is the third of six meetings between the teams.

* Both teams are 1-1-0 in the season series.

* Friday November 5 |at Dallas |Dallas 6, Phoenix 3

Saturday December 11 |at Phoenix |Phoenix 5, Dallas 2

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars are 10-0-3 in their last 13 home games.

*The Stars have scored on the power play in seven straight games and are 8-29 (27.9%) on the PP during that stretch.

*The Coyotes have allowed six power-play goals over the last two games and 11 in the last seven. They are 30-41 (73.2%) on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*The Stars are 51-58 (87.9%) on the penalty kill over the last 17 games.

*The Coyotes are 8-40 (20.0%) on the power play over their last nine games.

*Stars captain Brenden Morrow has four goals in the last five games.

*Stars forward Loui Eriksson has points in five straight games (3 goals, 6 assists).

*Stars forward Brad Richards has points in five straight games (4 goals, 2 assists).

Statistical matchup

Statistical matchup between the Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes