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Wednesday, November 18th (All times eastern)

Dallas Stars (8-5-6) at Detroit Red Wings (10-5-3), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Detroit Red Wings will try to extend their winning streak to a season-high four games when they welcome the Dallas Stars for tonight's clash at Joe Louis Arena.

The Red Wings have won three straight and six of their last seven contests and have put their current winning streak together without their regular goaltender.

Veteran backstop Chris Osgood has sat out the last three games with flu-like symptoms and although he's been practicing with the team, Jimmy Howard is expected to get the start in net again tonight. Howard will be backed up once again by Daniel Larsson, who has never seen action in an NHL game.

The Red Wings have been off since recording their most recent victory Saturday against visiting Anaheim. Henrik Zetterberg notched his fourth career hat trick and finished with five points to lift Detroit to a 7-4 victory over the Ducks.

"I had a lot of good chances tonight, I think at least five in the first period," said Zetterberg. "I just had to keep going, plugging away. It's just nice to find the net this often."

Zetterberg was named the NHL's First Star for the week ending November 15. The Swedish forward has four goals and five assists in his last three games.

Dan Cleary scored and added two assists for the Red Wings, while Brian Rafalski had a goal and an assist. Pavel Datsyuk and Darren Helm also found the back of the net in the victory.

Howard improved to 4-1-2 on the season despite giving up four goals on 23 shots.

Veteran forward Kirk Maltby is expected to be back tonight for the Red Wings after missing the previous two games with flu-like symptoms.

Tonight's test marks the third of four straight games on home ice for Detroit, which is 7-1-1 in the Motor City this season. The homestand is set to end Friday against Florida.

The Stars, meanwhile, have lost two of three and five of their last seven games and are coming off Saturday's close setback in Phoenix. Radim Vrbata netted the eventual game-winner early in the third period as the Coyotes edged Dallas, 3-2, at Arena.

Mike Modano tallied a goal and an assist for the Stars, who have alternated wins and losses in their last five games. Matt Niskanen also lit the lamp for Dallas, which got 28 saves from Marty Turco.

"We gave them too much room," said Dallas defenseman Stephane Robidas. "(The Coyotes) can skate and they can make plays, and they pass the puck real well."

Dallas' Loui Eriksson added an assist in the loss to push his point streak to five games. The Swedish winger has three goals and three helpers during the tear and 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists) in 19 games this season.

The Stars have a 1-2-0 record on a four-game road trip that ends tonight. Next up for Dallas, which is 5-3-3 as the guest this year, is a four-game homestand that is set to begin Thursday against Columbus.

Tonight marks the first of four meetings between Detroit and the Stars this season. Dallas won three out of four matchups against the Red Wings in 2008-09 and the clubs have split the last eight encounters overall. The Stars ended a three-game road losing streak in the series with a 4-2 decision on January 29, but Detroit has still won five of its last seven at home against the Stars.

11/18 10:57:25 ET

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