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Thursday, November 8th (All times eastern)

Dallas Stars (7-6-2) at Phoenix Coyotes (6-7-0), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Dallas Stars will aim for their third straight victory when they visit the Phoenix Coyotes this evening at Jobing.com Arena.

The Stars posted their latest victory Wednesday evening at San Jose in what was a historic night for centerman Mike Modano. Modano scored a pair of goals, becoming the all-time American-born points leader in the National Hockey League, as Dallas defeated the Sharks, 3-1.

Modano now has 1,233 career points, one better than Phil Housley. He was already the leading U.S. goal-scorer with 511.

The 37-year-old Modano tied Housley's mark by besting Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov on a long slap shot just 2:19 into the contest to give the Stars a 1-0 lead. Then a little more than two minutes later, Modano scored on a short- handed breakaway, putting a soft shot between the pads of Nabokov to break the record.

Modano, who hadn't had a point in Dallas' previous three games, received a standing ovation from the appreciative crowd at the Shark Tank after the first goal, but a less-enthusiastic response after breaking the record and giving his team a two-goal cushion.

The first overall pick in the 1988 draft, Modano has spent all 18 of his seasons with the Stars' franchise and is a six-time All-Star and three-time Olympian (1998, 2002, 2006).

Steve Ott also scored while Marty Turco made 38 saves for Dallas, which has won two straight on the heels of a three-game skid.

Tonight's test marks the third stop on a four-game road trip for the Stars, who are 4-3-1 away from Dallas this year. The swing will end Saturday evening in Los Angeles.

The Coyotes have won three of their last four contests and are coming off Wednesday's win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks. Shane Doan scored off a turnover with just 30.3 seconds left in overtime to lift Phoenix to the wild 6-5 victory in Anaheim.

Rookie Peter Mueller, entering the night with just one goal to his name, notched a hat trick for Phoenix, which improved to 5-1-0 on the road despite being under .500 overall for the year (6-7-0). Steven Reinprecht added a goal and two assists, while Alexander Auld finished with 22 saves.

The Coyotes are just 1-6-0 at home this season and have dropped their last six games in Glendale.

Dallas and the Coyotes have split a pair of meetings this year, with each club picking up a win on the road. The Stars have taken nine of their last 11 encounters with Phoenix and have won six straight and eight of their last nine tests in Arizona.

11/08 10:57:02 ET

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