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National Hockey League
Preview
Dallas at Los Angeles
When: 10:30 PM ET, Thursday, February 22, 2018
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

The Los Angeles Kings return to the comforts of home following a seven-game road trip and hope to extend their winning streak to four games when they host the Dallas Stars on Thursday. Los Angeles completed the 4-3-0 trek with triumphs at Chicago and Winnipeg on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, but are two points behind Anaheim for third place in the Pacific Division while in a virtual tie for a wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Captain Anze Kopitar played his 900th NHL contest and assisted on Dustin Brown's game-winning goal for his 800th career point in the Kings' 4-3 triumph over the Jets. The 30-year-old Slovenian has landed on the scoresheet in 17 of his last 21 games, collecting eight goals and 16 assists in that span. Dallas was unable to strengthen its hold on third place in the Central Division on Wednesday as it suffered a 2-0 loss in Anaheim. The Stars look to salvage the finale of their three-game California trip and move above .500 away from home after being shut out for the second time in four overall contests.

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, FS Southwest (Dallas), FS West (Los Angeles)

ABOUT THE STARS (34-22-4): Tyler Seguin leads Dallas with nine power-play goals but has produced one in his last 20 games. The 26-year-old also tops the club with 29 overall tallies and is fourth in points (51) but enters Thursday with a four-game drought. Captain Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov are tied for second on the club with 21 goals but have each scored once in their last 11 contests.

ABOUT THE KINGS (33-22-5): Los Angeles made its second trade in nine days Wednesday, acquiring right wing Tobias Rieder and goaltender Scott Wedgewood from Arizona for netminder Darcy Kuemper. Rieder, a 25-year-old German, recorded eight goals and 11 assists in 58 contests with the Coyotes this season while the 25-year-old Wedgewood went 5-9-4 with one shutout and a 3.45 goals-against average in 20 games - 17 starts. Defenseman Dion Phaneuf has scored three goals in four games since being obtained from Ottawa on Feb. 13 - the same amount he recorded in 53 contests with the Senators.

OVERTIME

1. Kings C Jeff Carter (ankle), who hasn't played since Oct. 18, has been cleared to practice with the team.

2. Dallas has been outscored in the first period 15-1 over its last 11 contests.

3. Brown is two assists shy of 300 for his career.

PREDICTION: Kings 4, Stars 1
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Dallas 34-22-2-2 L2 21-9-1-0 13-13-1-2 4-2-0-0 30-20-2-2 10-10-0-0
Los Angeles 33-22-5-0 W3 14-9-3-0 19-13-2-0 2-2-0-0 31-20-5-0 8-9-3-0
Last Meeting
Dallas Los Angeles
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
1/30/18 LA 3 DAL 0 28 39 0-4 42 28 1-3
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Dallas G. Bayreuther 0
Los Angeles A. Kopitar 2
Goals Player  
Dallas G. Bayreuther 0
Los Angeles D. Doughty 1
Assists Player  
Dallas G. Bayreuther 0
Los Angeles A. Kopitar 2
Saves Player  
Dallas B. Bishop 39
Los Angeles D. Kuemper 28
Season
Total Points Player  
Dallas J. Klingberg 55
Los Angeles A. Kopitar 66
Goals Player  
Dallas T. Seguin 31
Los Angeles A. Kopitar 25
Assists Player  
Dallas J. Klingberg 48
Los Angeles A. Kopitar 41
Saves Player  
Dallas B. Bishop 1233
Los Angeles J. Quick 1307
Quickchart Matchup
Dallas Off vs  Los Angeles Def
2.92 GF
2.48 GA
31.7 Shots
31.5 Shots
36 PP
35 PK
Los Angeles Off vs  Dallas Def
2.87 GF
2.62 GA
31 Shots
29.8 Shots
35 PP
37 PK