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Friday, December 27th (All times Eastern)

Nashville Predators (16-17-4) at Dallas Stars (18-12-6), 8:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Dallas Stars have been able to keep their momentum going despite a number of injuries to their defensive group.

The Stars look to secure a point for a fifth straight game and avenge an earlier loss to the Nashville Predators as the two clubs do battle on Friday night in Dallas.

After having a two-game win streak snapped with a shootout loss in San Jose last Saturday, the Stars rebounded with a solid 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday. Jamie Benn had a goal and two assists while also adding a fight for a Gordie Howe hat trick.

Kari Lehtonen made 30 saves, Tyler Seguin had a goal and an assist and Shawn Horcoff, Cody Eakin and Valeri Nichushkin all scored in the win.

Dallas has not allowed more than two goals in a game in four straight despite missing blueliners Stephane Robidas (broken leg), Trevor Daley (sprained left ankle), Aaron Rome (lower body) and Sergei Gonchar (concussion-like symptoms).

"We played hard as a group. Our back end played really well," Benn said. "We don't have too much experience back there, but they handled themselves well against one of the best teams in the league, and once again, Kari was great."

Dallas kicks off a five-game homestand tonight and is 4-1-1 since a loss in Nashville on Dec. 12. That setback was the Stars' sixth in their last nine meetings with the Predators.

Lehtonen made 27 saves and fell below .500 in his career against the Predators. He is 5-6-0 with a 2.28 goals against average in 11 all-time encounters.

Carter Hutton made 33 saves for Nashville, while Patric Hornqvist, David Legwand and Paul Gaustad all scored.

That victory by the Predators came in the middle of a three-game win streak, but the club has since lost four straight. That includes a 6-2 loss to Boston on Monday as the Preds allowed the Bruins to score three power-play goals.

Craig Smith scored twice, with his second tally and fourth in his past three games pulling Nashville to within a goal 3:25 into the third period. However, the Predators took a penalties 23 seconds apart and the Bruins scored twice in a 49-second span.

"We had all the momentum," said Nashville coach Barry Trotz. "But our (penalties) cost us big time. It's absolutely unacceptable."

Hutton was given the quick hook after giving up two goals on the first four shots he faced, while Marek Mazanec yielded four goals on 29 shots against.

Mazanec has never faced the Stars, while Hutton's win earlier this month was his first appearance against them.

12/27 10:42:56 ET

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Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
Final
ORL 94
UTA 101
Final
CLE 95
BRK 91
 
Final
BOS 114
MIN 98
Final
DET 100
TOR 110
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MIA 103
WAS 105
 
4th
MEM 88
CHI 92
 
4th
SAN 89
POR 89
 
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DEN 59
LAC 43
 
10:30pm Tonight
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OKC
Final
YOUNG 92
WILB 71
 
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TULA 56
JST 49
 
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RAD 76
SIENA 66
 
Final
BUCK 88
CASEWEST 65
 
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LIB 94
CPNC 65
 
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SCAR 68
CLEM 45
Final
CMICH 97
CONC 60
 
Final
MIAMI 44
EKENT 72
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GWEBB 91
HIWASSEE 71
 
Final
ODU 60
MDES 43
 
Final
BUF 88
NIAG 62
 
Final
KSU 71
NCAT 57
 
Final
FAM 65
UNF 83
 
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NORST 81
NARZ 62
 
Final
DART 58
NILL 55
 
Final
MORE 60
NKENTUCKY 83
 
Final
UCSB 69
SDCHR 46
 
Final
STJ 53
GAELS 47
Final
ALA 69
STILL 49
 
Final
HAMP 66
TENST 54
 
Final
TENN 61
TENT 58
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WMARY 86
WSHMD 46
 
Final
MERC 67
COOK 46
 
Final
FLGC 83
FUR 78
 
Final
CALST 49
SDKST 53
 
Final
MTST 68
CHAT 58
 
Final
NDAK 78
DICKINSON 48
 
Final
LAMON 76
LSUALEX 71
 
Final
PRIN 77
LIP 55
 
Final
LAM 80
MLGN 53
 
Final
MINN 92
SEAT 57
 
Final
LOYC 73
SUTAH 57
 
Final
SELA 81
WINT 71
 
Final
SILL 52
NO 56
 
2nd
MARQ 60
ALAAM 26
 
2nd
TTU 39
ARKPB 28
 
2nd
DEN 50
COLST 51
 
2nd
CREI 48
TXPA 31
 
1st
CAL 6
EWASH 9
 
1st
UTST 9
IDST 2
 
11:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ARZ
11:59pm Tonight
CHAM
HAW
 
Final
NJD 3
TAM 2
Final
OTT 6
ANA 2
 
Final
DET 1
NYI 2
3rd
WIN 2
BOS 1
 
2nd
CAL 0
DAL 1