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Tuesday, February 5th (All times eastern)

Vancouver Canucks (26-21-6) at Dallas Stars (31-20-5), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The first-place Dallas Stars will try for their fourth straight win while continuing their home success against the Vancouver Canucks tonight, when the two clubs battle at American Airlines Center.

Dallas took all three games of its recent tour through western Canada, culminating with Saturday's 2-1 victory over Calgary. Niklas Hagman's early third-period goal was the difference and Brenden Morrow also scored for the Stars.

The victory has the Stars in first place in the Pacific Division, two points ahead of the San Jose Sharks.

Mike Ribeiro had an assist to give him five helpers over his last three games, while Marty Turco made 31 saves to record his 22nd win of the season. Turco was in net for each of the Stars' last three wins, posting a 1.67 goals- against average, and was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week on Monday.

Turco is 14-3-1 with a 1.75 GAA in 19 lifetime games (17 starts) versus Vancouver.

Dallas killed off all seven of Calgary's power plays on Saturday, and the club hasn't allowed a goal in 22 straight shorthanded situations. The Stars rank first in the NHL with an 87.6 percent penalty kill rate.

Dallas will try to improve on its 15-9-2 home mark tonight before hitting the road again on Thursday, when the club will be in Minnesota.

The Stars have won their last six at home against the Canucks, and while the overall series has been close as of late, Dallas has won 10 of its past 15 against Vancouver.

The Canucks were last in action on Friday and lost to Florida, 4-3, in a shootout. The Panthers' Nathan Horton had the lone shootout tally to lift his club.

The loss spoiled Roberto Luongo's return to Florida. He was making his first appearance in South Florida since the 2006 trade which dealt him from the Panthers to Vancouver and took the loss despite a solid 40-save performance. The 28-year-old goaltender played for the Panthers from 2000-2006, compiling 108 wins and 26 shutouts.

Luongo will now focus on Dallas, though, and is 5-4-1 with a 1.94 GAA in 11 career games against them.

Daniel and Henrik Sedin posted a goal and assist each for the Canucks, who have lost three in a row and five of six. Mason Raymond also tallied and Markus Naslund picked up a pair of helpers in the loss.

For Daniel Sedin, he has an assist in six straight games, posting seven helpers over that span.

Vancouver's skid has dropped the club to fourth in the Northwest Division, five points behind first-place Minnesota. The Canucks' last two loses have come on its current four-game road trip that wraps in Atlanta on Thursday.

Vancouver has lost four straight on the road and is 12-11-4 as the visiting club this year.

02/05 11:04:10 ET


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