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Saturday, January 25th (All times Eastern)

Pittsburgh Penguins (36-13-2) at Dallas Stars (23-20-8), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Hoping to win three straight for the first time in over two months, the Dallas Stars will try to reverse a recent losing trend against the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins as the two clubs meet on Saturday night.

The Stars are looking to dig themselves out of a recent hole thanks to a 1-8-1 stretch that began January. They are beginning to do so thanks to back-to-back wins -- their first winning streak since consecutive victories on Dec. 23 and 27 -- blanking Minnesota 4-0 to begin a five-game homestand on Tuesday before following up with a 7-1 rout of Toronto two nights later.

Valeri Nichushkin scored twice, including once during a four-goal second period that also saw Shawn Horcoff, Rich Peverley and Trevor Daley light the lamp, while Jamie Benn added his 100th career goal to three assists.

Kari Lehtonen made 24 saves to record his 200th career victory and Cody Eakin scored before leaving the game early in the third period after taking a hit to the head from the Maple Leafs' Colton Orr.

"I think tonight we kept building, we kept trying to score, and that's what you got to do to win," said Peverley. "You can't sit back and I think we did a good job of pushing forward and trying to get that next goal."

Playing in his second game after missing two in a row due to feeling fatigued, Nichushkin, the 10th overall pick of the 2013 draft, posted his first career multi-goal game to help the Stars post their largest margin of victory this season.

Dallas will now try to win three in a row for the first time since Nov. 13-17, but will need to best Pittsburgh for just the third time in the last 11 meetings to do so.

The Penguins have won two straight over the Stars and three of the past four played in Dallas, two of those in a shootout.

Pittsburgh is also likely to start Marc-Andre Fleury in this game and the netminder has never lost to Dallas, winning all six meetings with a 1.95 goals against average.

Lehtonen is 7-4-3 with a 2.79 GAA in his career versus the Pens.

Pittsburgh posted a 6-4 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday, with backup Jeff Zatkoff making 30 saves.

"Not the prettiest game for your numbers, but it's a hard fought game," Zatkoff said. "That's the kind of game you're going to be in versus the Isles."

Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz both had a goal and two assists, while Evgeni Malkin, Olli Maatta, Kris Letang and Brandon Sutter also scored as the Pens moved to 7-1-1 in their last nine and 16-3-1 in their previous 20.

Crosby has four goals and seven points in four previous meetings with the Stars and enters play tonight leading the NHL with 72 points while ranking second with 45 assists.

Pens forward James Neal, a second-round pick by the Stars in 2005, has two goals in two games versus his former club.

A 20-goal scorer in all three of his seasons in Dallas, Neal was dealt to Pittsburgh on Feb. 21, 2011 along with defenseman Matt Niskanen for blueliner Alex Goligoski.

01/25 10:24:42 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
4th
MIA 82
CHA 70
 
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
14th
NYM 3
ATL 3
 
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
13th
PIT 2
MIL 2
 
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
12th
TAM 1
NYY 1
 
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
 
8th
CHC 2
CIN 8
 
8th
TEX 2
CWS 9
 
4th
OAK 2
HOU 1
 
5th
LOS 0
ARI 0
 
4th
COL 4
PHI 3
 
5th
SDP 2
SFG 4
 
7:05pm Tonight
BOS
BAL
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
4th
MIA 82
CHA 70
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
WAS
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
3rd
BOS 4
DET 1
 
7:00pm Tonight
MON
TAM
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3