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Thursday, December 4th (All times eastern)

Dallas Stars (11-11-3-0) at Los Angeles Kings (12-10-1-1), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Dallas Stars play their second straight game against the Los Angeles Kings when they head into the Staples Center tonight. Dallas will face a reinforced LA lineup, as right wing Zigmund Palffy is expected to return after missing five games with facial lacerations.

The Stars were dealt a 2-1 loss by the Kings on Sunday in Dallas. Jaroslav Modry's goal late in the second period pushed Los Angeles to victory.

Modry gave the Kings the lead with 2:58 left in the second period. He skated down the left side, went behind the net and came out in front to Marty Turco's left. Modry then waited for the goaltender to commit and fired a high shot into the net for his fourth goal of the campaign.

Mike Cammalleri also scored for Los Angeles, while Roman Cechmanek stopped 18 shots. The win snapped a four-game losing streak in the series for the Kings.

Sergei Zubov tallied the lone goal for Dallas, which had a three-game winning streak halted. Marty Turco made 19 saves for the Stars.

Dallas captain Mike Modano was forced to leave the game early in the second period after taking a stick to the face from Alexander Frolov. Modano suffered an eye contusion and a nose laceration and is probable for tonight's contest.

The Kings' last game came on Tuesday night in St. Louis where they dropped a 4-1 decision to the Blues.

Eric Belanger had the lone goal for the Kings, who were trying to win their third straight game.

Cechmanek was pulled in the second period after allowing three goals on just nine shots. He was replaced by Cristobal Huet, who stopped all 11 shots he faced.

Dallas, which is 3-7-1 on the road this season, has lost seven of its last nine in Los Angeles.

The Kings are just 5-6-1 on home ice this season.

12/04 11:23:42 ET

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