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Dallas Stars at Winnipeg Jets

  1. The Stars beat the Capitals, 2-1, last Saturday and are now 1-1-0 for the third straight season. Dallas was 8-2-0 (.800) when getting 2+ days off in between games in 2012-13 -- best of any NHL club.
  2. Winnipeg dropped a 2-1 decision in Minnesota last night, and has now lost two straight games after beginning the 2013-14 campaign with back-to-back victories. The Jets have netted one power-play marker in each of their first four games this season.
  3. The Jets beat the Stars, 5-2, the only time these clubs have met in Winnipeg on March 14, 2012. Dallas owns an all-time record of 11-2-0-1 in 14 games vs. the Thrashers/Jets franchise.
  4. Alex Chiasson scored the game-winning goal vs. Washington last Saturday, and has now lit the lamp in both of the Stars games in 2013-14. Chiasson, who was called up on April 2 last season, has eight markers in his first nine NHL skates.
  5. Brian Little netted Winnipeg's lone goal last night, giving him a team-high three markers on the season. Little has scored at least one point in all four games of 2013-14 and has 15 points (5g, 10a) in his last 13 skates overall (dating to April 6, 2013).
  6. Winnipeg's blueliners have combined for 13 points (1g, 12a) this season -- tied with San Jose for second most of any team in the league (Vancouver -- 16). The Stars' defensemen have combined for just three points in 2013-14 (tied for third fewest in the NHL).


STATS Editor

(AP) -- Lindy Ruff may be only two games into his coaching tenure with the Dallas Stars, but he is making sure his players grasp the urgency of their first road trip of the season.

The well-rested Stars kick off a three-game swing Friday night against their Central Division rivals at Winnipeg, where the Jets will try to rediscover their offensive spark.

Dallas (1-1-0) has been idle since a 2-1 victory over Washington on Saturday as Alex Chiasson's go-ahead goal in the second period stood up as the game-winner. Chiasson, a late call-up last season, is the first player to score eight goals in his first nine games since Rob Gaudreau had 14 in the first 13 games of his career with San Jose in 1992-93.

"I just play my game. That's my main focus. As long as the team wins, that's all I care about," Chiasson said.

While Chiasson appears to be an anchor on Dallas' second line, Ruff has spent the week's worth of practice tinkering with his other three - most notably moving Rich Peverley up to the top line to flank center Tyler Seguin and left wing Jamie Benn.

"On some of those setups, he'd just be the centerman," Ruff told the team's website. "It's a natural position for him and Tyler is used to playing right."

In addition to juggling his lines, the veteran coach sees an opportunity to have his team grow up quickly in the new-look Central Division after coming over from the Pacific.

"It adds up a lot more than you think. You can set the tone early," he noted. "You can get a feel for a team early. We want to be a team that can go on the road and just play the same way shift after shift and have a team on the road say, 'Boy, those guys are tough to play against.' When you get to that point, you can be a real good team."

Stars goaltender Keri Lehtonen likely will get the start. Originally the second overall pick by the Jets/Thrashers franchise in 2002 when it was located in Atlanta, Lehtonen won his only game against his former team in 2011.

Winnipeg (2-2-0) has dropped back-to-back games after winning its first two and is coming off a 2-1 defeat Thursday at Minnesota. Bryan Little accounted for the offense with a 5-on-3 power-play goal in the final minute of the first period, but the Jets had only 15 shots on goal for the game and were unable to find an equalizer after falling behind midway through the second period.

"I don't think we had a lot of jump," captain Andrew Ladd said. "They do a pretty good job of clogging up the neutral zone, and to get shots you have to get pucks back."

Little, who has three goals and a point in all four games, and Dustin Byfuglien - who has a team-leading five assists - have been the only consistent sources of offense for Winnipeg. The Jets scored 10 goals and registered 61 shots in winning their first two games but have totaled three and 32 in the two defeats.

Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec made 28 saves in Thursday's loss and is 2-0-0 at home lifetime versus Dallas. Backup Al Montoya has yet to play this season and made only one relief appearance against the Stars, stopping all 13 shots he faced in 2011.

Updated October 11, 2013

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