The Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes wrap up their four-game season series Saturday, when the Pacific Division rivals face off at Jobing.com Arena. The Stars posted a 4-3 home triumph in the season opener for both teams and posted a 4-3 shootout victory in Dallas on Feb. 1. Phoenix completed the home-and-home series with a 2-0 win the following night as Mike Smith registered the first of his three shutouts this season.
Dallas will attempt to extend its winning streak to three games after posting victories over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday and the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday. The Stars improved to 6-1-1 in their last eight road games with the win over the Kings. Phoenix looks to avoid a third straight defeat following losses to the Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.
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ABOUT THE STARS (12-9-2): Captain Brenden Morrow snapped a tie 5:16 into the third period on Thursday with his 243rd career goal. The veteran pulled into a tie with Jere Lehtinen for seventh place on the franchise list. Morrow is questionable for Saturday's contest after tweaking his groin against Los Angeles. "He did it in the first or second shift, I think, of the game," coach Glen Gulutzan said. "He had two or three heat packs on the bench just to get him through the game."
ABOUT THE COYOTES (11-10-3): Center Martin Hanzal has recorded just one assist in three games since returning from an upper-body injury. He still owns a share of the team lead in goals with captain Shane Doan as both have tallied seven times. Right wing Radim Vrbata has missed nine contests with a lower-body injury. The Coyotes recalled left wing Rob Klinkhammer from Portland of the American Hockey League and assigned defenseman David Runblad to the Pirates. Klinkhammer has not played in the NHL since last season, when he notched two assists in 15 games with the Ottawa Senators.
1. The Stars have scored at least three goals in each of their last eight road games.
2. The home team has won each of the last five meetings between the division rivals.
3. Dallas recalled RW Matt Fraser from Texas of the American Hockey League.
PREDICTION: Stars 3, Coyotes 1