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Saturday, December 14th (All times Eastern)

Dallas Stars (14-11-5) at Winnipeg Jets (14-14-5), 3 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Dallas Stars hope to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season when they visit the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre on Saturday afternoon.

With consecutive setbacks against Chicago and Nashville, the Stars are on their sixth two-game skid of the 2013-14 campaign, but Dallas hasn't lost three in a row since closing last season on an 0-4-1 stretch.

After posting a 5-1 win last Saturday against visiting Philadelphia, the Stars were handed a 6-2 home loss by the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. Dallas then began a three-game road trip with another setback, losing 3-1 Thursday evening in Nashville.

Carter Hutton led the Predators to Thursday's triumph, as the young goaltender stopped 33 of the 34 shots sent his way by the Stars at Bridgestone Arena.

Erik Cole's fifth tally of the season put Dallas on the board first, but penalties on Shawn Horcoff and Brenden Dillon in a seven-second span shortly thereafter yielded a pair of Nashville goals.

"Those are mental mistakes we can't make," Stars head coach Lindy Ruff said of the early penalties.

Dallas has lost two straight and three of its last four road games, but the club is still 9-7-1 as the away team this season compared to a 5-4-4 mark at home.

The Stars will close this swing when they visit Colorado on Monday for the opener of a home-and-home series.

Winnipeg, meanwhile, will try to salvage the final test of a three-game homestand after losing consecutive tilts at the MTS Centre against St. Louis and Colorado. Both setbacks came by one-goal margins, including Thursday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Avalanche.

After giving up the game-winner to the Blues with 3:02 left in regulation on Tuesday, the Jets were able to force overtime against Colorado thanks to Blake Wheeler's power-play goal at the midway point of the third period. Mark Scheifele threw a shot on net that was stopped by Semyon Varlamov, but Wheeler was in position to put in the carom and knot the contest at 3-3.

Prior to that game-tying goal, however, the Jets coughed up a 2-0 lead. Wheeler opened the scoring just 24 seconds into the first period and Michael Frolik made it a two-goal cushion before Colorado scored the game's next three goals. Matt Duchene had two goals and an assist to spark the Colorado rally, then tallied again in the shootout to help give the Avs an extra point.

Wheeler notched his first two-goal effort of the season, while Ondrej Pavelec finished with 23 saves in the loss.

"They took advantage of some of our mistakes," Wheeler said.

Jets forward Evander Kane missed his fifth straight game Thursday due to a lower-body injury, but is questionable for today. Kane, who has seven goals and seven assists this season, was cleared for contact at Friday's practice and could return to game action on Saturday.

After capping a homestand today, Winnipeg will play two straight and four of its next five on the road. The Jets are 7-7-4 at home this season and 7-7-1 as the guest.

Winnipeg has taken two of three and three of the last five meetings against Dallas. The Stars are 6-1-1 all-time in road games in this series, but have split two tilts in Winnipeg since the Jets relocated from Atlanta prior to the 2011-12 season.

12/14 10:25:20 ET

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Final
BRK 91
CHA 115
 
Final
DUKE 94
WAKE 51
 
Final
LOS 4
CWS 6
 
Final
CLE 4
CIN 2
 
Final
TEX 2
KAN 13
 
Final
SFG 2
OAK 9
 
Final
SEA 4
SDP 3
 
Final
MIL 8
WMIL 0
 
Final
COL 3
ARI 6
 
Final
MIN 3
UMIN 1
 
Final
IND 105
NYK 82
 
Final
ORL 100
PHO 105
 
Final
BRK 91
CHA 115
 
Final
TOR 112
CLE 120
 
Final
BOS 85
UTA 84
 
Final
MIN 85
DEN 100
Final
NOP 88
DET 85
 
Final
MIA 100
LAL 94
 
Final
HOU 100
MEM 102
 
Final
OKC 123
PHI 118
 
Final
SAN 112
SAC 85
 
2nd
GSW 25
MIL 19
 
1st
LAC 24
POR 27
 
Final
UNCA 80
LIB 70
 
Final
PSU 67
OSU 77
 
Final
USB 62
BING 57
 
Final
FORD 66
DUQ 81
 
Final
GMAS 51
GWU 67
 
Final
UNH 67
HART 63
 
Final
STJOE 55
LAS 50
 
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Terriers 79
LIU 70
 
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GTDNS 83
MAINE 66
 
Final
LOU 59
ND 71
 
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SHU 66
PROV 79
 
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BRY 91
SHU 85
 
Final
MORE 79
SEMIZ 74
 
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MNTER 58
RFLSH 73
 
Final
LSU 63
TENN 78
 
Final
SFLA 74
UCF 45
 
Final
VERM 66
UMBC 39
 
Final
RMU 91
WAGN 68
 
Final
UMASS 53
RICH 56
 
Final
TULA 63
HOU 68
 
Final
YALE 71
HOW 62
 
Final
PITT 63
MIAMI 67
 
Final
TXPA 48
NMST 69
 
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MSU 72
PURD 66
 
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STLU 48
BONA 64
 
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DUKE 94
WAKE 51
 
Final
TULSA 47
CIN 56
 
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VANDY 66
MSST 56
 
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OKST 82
TCU 70
 
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UCLA 85
USC 74
 
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WYO 76
UTST 53
 
2nd
MARQ 49
STJ 61
 
2nd
EILL 62
SIUE 53
 
Half
FRES 32
AFA 23
 
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NEV 32
COLST 41
 
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ILL 31
NEB 25
 
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SJST 21
BSU 38
 
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HAW
UCSB
 
Final
WIN 1
OTT 3
 
Final
DET 2
NYR 1
 
1st Intermission
ANA 1
MON 0
 
1st Intermission
COL 0
PIT 0