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Los Angeles Kings at Dallas Stars

Monday January 17

7:30 p.m.

TV: Versus

Radio: KTCK

About the Stars

The Stars ran their winning streak to three games and their points streak to six (5-0-1) with a 6-1 victory over Atlanta at American Airlines Center Saturday night. Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped 29 shots in his first game against his former team. The Stars scored four times on the power play.

“It was the most exciting game for me this year, lots of emotions,” Lehtonen said. “I played my own game, the guys came up big there in the third period and the last part of the second. It was a good win.”

The Stars are 17-5-4 over their last 22 games.

Lehtonen will get the start again Monday against the Kings.

Injuries: D Matt Niskanen (hand) and F Toby Petersen (foot) are out.

About the Kings

The Kings won for just the second time in their last nine games, beating Edmonton 5-2 at Staples Center Saturday night. Los Angeles ended an eight-game homestand with a 2-6-0 record.

“It was very important, as frustrating as this homestand was,” Kings forward Jarret Stoll said. “You've got to win any way possible and stop the bleeding, otherwise it snowballs very quickly. There's been a lot of losses here lately, but we're going in the right direction. There were a lot of games where there were positives, but we didn't get the right result.”

It was a costly victory for the Kings, who lost right wing Wayne Simmonds in the game. He was injured in a scrum following a Drew Doughty hit on Oilers rookie Taylor Hall.

Jonathan Bernier, who made 24 saves Saturday, will start in goal for the Kings on Monday.

Injuries: RW Wayne Simmonds (lower body) and LW Scott Parse (hip) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the third of six meetings between the two teams this season.

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

*Thursday October 28 | at Dallas | Los Angeles 5, Dallas 2

Thursday November 11 | at Los Angeles | Los Angeles 3, Dallas 1

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars have outscored the opposition 23-9 during their six-game points streak. That’s 3.8 goals for per game to 1.5 goals against.

*The Kings have allowed four goals or more in five of their last nine games.

*The Stars are 9-19 on the power play over their last six games.

*The Kings are 10-10 on the penalty kill over their last four games.

*The Stars are 17-18 on the penalty kill over the last six games.

*The Kings are 0-7 on the power play over the last three games

*Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen is 4-0-1 in his last five starts with a 1.77 GAA and a .947 SV%.

*Stars right wing Loui Eriksson has points in nine straight games (one goal, ten assists).

*Stars center Mike Ribeiro has points in eight straight games (three goals, seven assists).

*Stars forward Jamie Langenbrunner will play his 1,000th game.

Statistical matchup

Statistical matchup between the Dallas Stars and Los Angeles Kings