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Monday, October 19th (All times eastern)

Los Angeles Kings (4-4-0) at Dallas Stars (3-1-3), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Dallas Stars will try to win back-to-back games for the first time this season when they host the sliding Los Angeles Kings for a Pacific Division battle tonight at American Airlines Center.

The Stars have won two of their last three contests and are coming off Saturday's close win in Chicago. The Kings, meanwhile, have followed up a four-game winning streak by losing their last three outings.

Stephane Robidas scored the eventual game-winning goal midway through the third period, as the Stars edged the Blackhawks, 4-3, at United Center.

Brenden Morrow, Toby Petersen, and Mike Ribeiro each scored a goal for the Stars, who bounced back from a 3-0 loss to the Bruins on Friday.

Alex Auld stopped 29-of-32 shots for the victors, but Marty Turco is expected to get the start tonight. In 35 career games against the Kings, Turco is 16-11-6 with a pair of ties and a 2.54 goals-against average.

The Stars received their share of luck on Saturday's winning goal. Ahead 3-2, Robidas dumped the puck into the Chicago zone midway through the final period. The disc took an odd bounce off the boards and slipped past Huet for a two- goal lead.

Dallas is 1-1-1 at home this season and has lost three of its last four home tests against the Kings. However, the Stars still have eight victories in their last 11 home tilts versus LA.

The Kings are 2-3-0 on a six-game road trip that ends tonight and LA has been outscored 13-5 in losing its last three contests.

LA was in action Saturday at Columbus and was handed a decisive 4-1 loss by the Blue Jackets. Rick Nash was among four different goal-scorers for Columbus in the easy win.

Dustin Brown scored the lone goal for the Kings, while Jonathan Quick turned aside 20-of-23 shots in defeat.

"I am not very happy about the game. Not very happy," said LA head coach Terry Murray. "We need to check better and make better decisions with the puck. It's a 1-0 game, last minute of the first period and we give them the puck for a two-on-one to tie the game. Those types of decisions and those type of plays cost you every time and that's why, right now, we are losing three games in a row because of plays like that."

Next up for the Kings is Thursday's home tilt against Dallas. However, this is not technically a home-and-home series since the Stars are playing in Anaheim on Wednesday.

LA won four of six meetings with the Stars last year and have taken six of the last nine encounters.

10/19 10:51:26 ET


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