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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 AM 北京时间6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ET, January 20, 2014
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee  Attendance: 16,190

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Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators

  1. Dallas lost, 3-2, to Minnesota in overtime at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday, and has now dropped eight of its last nine games overall this month. The Stars have lost 16 straight games when scoring two or fewer goals (0-10-6 record).
  2. Despite scoring the last three goals of the game, the Predators lost, 5-4, to the Avalanche at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday, snapping their two-game winning streak in the process. Nashville has put together just two three-game win streaks in 2013-14 (November 16-21 and December 10-14).
  3. These clubs have split two meetings this season, each winning on its home ice. Dating to March 23, 2010, the Stars and Preds have played eight times in Nashville, and each has skated off with four victories.
  4. Ryan Garbutt lit the lamp Saturday, and now has six points (3g, 3a) in his last five games overall. Including one marker vs. the Predators on December 27, Garbutt has more goals in his last 24 skates (8) than he had in his first 73 career NHL contests (7).
  5. Roman Josi had a goal Saturday, giving him four points (1g, 3a) during his current three-game scoring streak. Josi's marker gave him five on the season -- the same amount as he had in each of his first two NHL campaigns.
  6. The Predators have been outscored at even-strength by 33 goals this season (81-114) -- fourth worst in the league.

(AP) -- Slow starts have plagued the Nashville Predators many times this season, and they fell behind in two matchups with the Dallas Stars last month.

These struggling Central Division rivals split those contests, and the Predators will look to get off to a better start Monday night against the visiting Stars.

Nashville (21-22-7) is allowing 0.94 goals per game in the first period, the third-worst mark in the NHL. It fell behind 3-0 after one and trailed by four in the third in a 5-4 home defeat to Colorado on Saturday.

"There's a lot of will on our team, there's a lot of fight," coach Barry Trotz said. "We've had a year in which we've had a lot of heartache. I think this is the sixth game we were down 3-0 in the first period, a lot of times it has nothing to do with the way we're playing."

The Predators were outshot 14-8 in the opening 20 minutes and will look to avoid giving up the first goal in their third 2013-14 meeting with the Stars. Nashville rallied for a 3-1 home victory over Dallas (21-19-8) on Dec. 12 before falling 4-1 on the road Dec. 27.

The Stars are enduring a miserable month in which they've gone 1-7-1 with the lone victory coming Tuesday over Edmonton, the worst team in the Western Conference. They are 0-3-1 in their last four on the road after a 3-2 overtime defeat to Minnesota on Saturday.

Alex Chiasson scored on the power play to tie the game in the third period, and Dallas finished with a 35-19 edge in shots.

"It's disappointing," Chiasson said. "This was probably one of our best games defensively, as far as scoring chances given to the other team. It's just a little play there, and that's tough. We battled through and it would've been nice to get a win here."

Top scorer Tyler Seguin has four points in a three-game run, but has been held without any against Nashville this season.

The loss dropped the Stars nine points behind the Wild, who are tied with Vancouver for the last two playoff spots in the West. Dallas coach Lindy Ruff is trying to stay positive ahead of this back-to-back set of games that includes Tuesday's home rematch with Minnesota.

"We still can gain some ground, a couple games here real quick," said Ruff said. "We can get it down to five (points) or six."

Kari Lehtonen has started the last three games for Dallas, with former Predators goalie Dan Ellis getting the nod the last time Lehtonen was not in net.

Trotz could give Devan Dubnyk his second start with the Predators. Dubnyk, acquired Wednesday from Edmonton, made 24 saves in his Nashville debut Saturday.

"He got nervous and was rusty," Trotz said. "I know Dubnyk has been in the league a long time, and I've seen a lot better games from him. But it was his first game. We gave him very little support early, and it just looked like he was nervous after that."

Dubnyk is 1-5-1 with a 3.15 goals-against average in seven starts against the Stars.

Updated January 19, 2014

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