DETROIT - The Dallas Stars know a thing or two about playing close games. Now, if only they can get on the correct side of the scoreboard.
The Stars, who have skated in six straight one-goal contests to open the season, will attempt to avoid a fourth consecutive setback when they face the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday for the second time in a week. The Stars secured a 2-1 victory over their Western Conference counterparts on Jan. 22 before their current skid (0-2-1) began.
Detroit has traded wins and losses during the first five games of the season. If the pattern holds, the Red Wings would be due for a win as they open a brief two-game homestand. But they'll likely need to see some improvement on the power play in order for that to happen. The Red Wings have converted 2 of 26 opportunities with the man advantage, ranking near the bottom of the league.
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ABOUT THE STARS (2-3-1):
The season debut of Jamie Benn on Monday didn't change the fortunes of the Stars during a 2-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Benn missed the campaign's first five games while awaiting a U.S. work permit after signing a five-year, $26.5 million contract last week. Benn, tied for second on the club in points in 2012, went scoreless in 20 minutes of ice time versus Columbus. Philip Larsen scored his first of the year.
ABOUT THE RED WINGS (2-2-1):
Despite playing the NHL-leading Chicago Blackhawks tough over the game's final 30 minutes, the Red Wings succumbed 2-1 in overtime Sunday. Johan Franzen scored for Detroit, which failed on its six power-play attempts. "We've got to shoot the puck a little more and maybe things will be a little different," Franzen told The Associated Press. "I think it's just a matter of getting the shots and getting the traffic."
Coach Glen Gulutzan said he hasn't decided who will start in net for the Stars.
Dallas placed F Derek Roy on injured reserve Monday with a groin injury.
Red Wings F Darren Helm will miss a few more games, but won't require surgery on his back, according to general manager Ken Holland.
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