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Friday, March 28th (All times Eastern)

Nashville Predators (32-31-11) at Dallas Stars (34-27-11), 8:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Dallas Stars will try to make up some ground in the Western Conference playoff race when they host the Nashville Predators in Friday's battle at American Airlines Center.

Dallas enters Friday five points behind Phoenix for the second wild card in the West. The Stars, however, hold two games in hand over the Coyotes, who are idle Friday before hosting Minnesota on Saturday.

The Stars have struggled down the stretch so far, losing five of their last seven games. The recent funk obviously hasn't helped the club's chances of returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

After winning two straight on the heels of an 0-4-0 stretch, the Stars dropped back into the regulation loss column in Tuesday's road test against Chicago. Duncan Keith netted the deciding goal late in the second period and Marian Hossa added an empty-net insurance marker to lift the Blackhawks to a 4-2 decision over Dallas at United Center.

Ryan Garbutt registered both goals for the Stars, while Kari Lehtonen was saddled with the loss despite making 38 saves.

"It's that time of year where it doesn't really matter if you had your chances," Garbutt said. "At the end of the day you have to get the two points so we gotta make sure we come back hard next game here."

Dallas forward Tyler Seguin extended his point streak to 10 games with an assist. Seguin has seven goals and 10 helpers during the streak, which is tied with Tampa Bay's Valtteri Filppula for the longest current run in the NHL.

After tonight's home tilt, the Stars will head out on a crucial five-game road trip. The swing begins Saturday when Dallas visits the NHL-leading St. Louis Blues.

The Stars are 20-10-7 on home ice this season compared to a 14-17-4 mark on the road.

Nashville, meanwhile, heads into Friday's game four points behind Dallas and trails Phoenix by nine for the last playoff berth.

The Predators avoided the longest home losing streak in franchise history with a 6-1 rout of the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday. Nashville had gone 0-5-1 at Bridgestone Arena to match the team-record slide, but rode a four-goal first period to a third win in their last four games overall.

Shea Weber scored twice, while rookies Calle Jarnkrok and Colton Sissons each potted their first NHL goal. Carter Hutton picked up the win with 32 saves.

"We've always been a team in the past that takes pride in winning at home and we haven't done that lately. We need to change that," Weber said.

Weber has 20 goals this season, tying him with Ottawa's Erik Karlsson and Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien for the most tallies by a defenseman.

The Preds will try for a third straight road victory on Friday and are 16-14-6 as the visiting team this season.

Nashville has claimed two of three meetings against the Stars so far this season and the Preds have claimed six of eight in the series overall. Dallas, however, has won three of the last five encounters in Big D and recorded a 4-1 triumph when the clubs last met at American Airlines Center on Dec. 27.

The clubs will complete the season series when Dallas hosts the Preds again on April 8.

Stars forward Erik Cole has missed the last three games with an upper-body injury and is considered day-to-day. Cole is third on the team with 16 goals this season and he has eight goals and four assists in 17 career games against Nashville.

03/28 10:46:35 ET

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Final
NCCU 108
BASC 52
 
Final
CHA 106
PHO 111
Final
NCSU 83
TENN 72
Final
CLE 98
ATL 127
Final
CHA 106
PHO 111
Final
DET 106
DAL 117
Final
BOS 109
ORL 92
Final
MIA 87
UTA 105
Final
TOR 105
BRK 89
2nd OT
SAN 102
MEM 102
 
Half
POR 43
MIL 41
 
2nd
DEN 29
HOU 26
 
2nd
LAC 36
IND 37
 
Final
UNT 78
LANG 65
 
Final
Terriers 64
DELST 72
 
Final
MSST 55
ARKST 69
Final
NCCU 108
BASC 52
 
Final
GMAS 99
CATAWBA 69
 
Final
WOFF 64
CSOU 58
 
Final
HIGH 106
FERR 48
 
Final
JVU 68
GWEBB 65
 
Final
ILL 73
HAMP 55
 
Final
BST 52
JMU 72
 
Final
YOUNG 84
KNST 90
 
Final
UMO 71
LONG 60
 
Final
PITT 65
MAN 56
Final
OSU 97
NCAT 55
Final
FSU 93
UNF 77
 
Final
TOL 83
RMU 57
 
Final
CAMP 70
SIUE 65
 
Final
DUQ 52
RFLSH 67
 
Final
NCSU 83
TENN 72
Final
UCF 75
DET 70
Final
UNCW 73
LIB 70
 
Final
LOYC 83
ABCHRIST 44
 
Final
MURST 94
ALCOR 56
 
Final
HOU 56
ARKPB 61
 
Final
NW 67
CMICH 80
Final
WKENT 75
CHIST 60
 
Final
ODU 58
UGST 54
Final
SMU 67
ILLCH 46
Final
LALAF 115
MLGN 76
 
Final
TULSA 74
MIZST 70
 
Final
UWGB 66
MORE 50
 
Final
NEOM 92
NCOL 82
 
Final
TTU 101
SCST 39
 
Final
DEN 83
TAMCC 73
 
Final
STEPH 66
TXST 60
 
Final
STLU 75
TXPA 69
 
Final
MEM 83
USCU 73
 
Final
ILLST 64
TENNM 54
 
Final
MSU 66
EMICH 46
 
Final
GRCN 80
INCWORD 82
 
Final
STAN 67
LMU 58
Final
BAY 66
NMST 55
 
1st OT
CIN 57
SDST 57
 
Final
AUB 80
WINT 62
 
2nd
NMU 44
CARK 36
 
2nd
PEPP 34
HOW 27
 
2nd
CPSL 37
NE 40
 
1st
UNLV 26
PORT 29
 
1st
OREG 4
CSNO 5
 
1st
WASH 10
GRAM 3
 
Final
NJD 0
OTT 2
Final
MIN 2
BOS 3
2nd
VAN 0
DAL 1