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Wednesday, March 5th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (33-28-5) at Dallas Stars (41-23-5), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Dallas Stars will try for a quick turnaround tonight, as they host the Phoenix Coyotes at American Airlines Center.

Dallas had been rolling, winning four straight and six of seven before Saturday's 3-1 setback to Nashville in the middle portion of a three-game homestand.

Mike Ribeiro scored the lone goal while Marty Turco stopped 25 shots in the loss for Dallas. Loui Eriksson and Trevor Daley assisted on Ribeiro's goal, with Eriksson extending his point streak to five games (6 goals, 1 assist).

Ribeiro, meanwhile, has three goals and five helpers over his last four games.

Just one game after posting five assists in his Stars debut, Brad Richards was held without a point and finished minus-two in the game.

Involved in a pair of tight races, the Stars can ill afford losses no matter how rare they are. Dallas is just four points ahead of Anaheim for first place in the Pacific Division, and trails Detroit by five points for the top spot in the Western Conference.

Dallas wraps its residency tonight before beginning a home-and-home set in Colorado on Saturday. The Stars have won six of their last eight at home and are 21-11-2 in Big D this season.

Phoenix is fighting for a playoff spot, but hasn't helped itself much lately. The Coyotes have lost four of their last six after Saturday's 3-1 setback to Calgary.

Shane Doan had the lone goal, his team-leading 63rd point of the season, and Martin Hanzal posted the only assist. Ilya Bryzgalov made 25 saves in a losing effort.

The Coyotes enter this game with 71 points, five back of Nashville and Colorado for the last two playoff spots in the West.

Phoenix will aim to improve on its 19-13-2 road mark tonight before beginning a five-game homestand on Thursday against Montreal.

The Coyotes have actually won three of five against the Pacific Division-rival Stars this year, with the club splitting a pair of games in Dallas so far. The Stars have won five of eight and 10 of their last 14 against the Coyotes.

Phoenix has lost three of four, five of seven and six of its last 10 at American Airlines Center.

03/05 10:31:57 ET

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