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Sunday, March 18th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (28-40-3) at Dallas Stars (42-24-5), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Dallas Stars have a quick turnaround following a tough loss on Saturday, as the club returns home to take on the reeling Phoenix Coyotes in a Pacific Division matchup from American Airlines Arena.

Dallas entered Saturday's tussle with the Western Conference-leading Nashville Predators having won four consecutive games. The Predators managed to end that streak, though, with a 3-2 decision at the Gaylord Entertainment Center behind a two-goal performance from Kimmo Timmonen.

Both of the Stars' tallies came from Mike Modano, who surpassed Hall of Famer Joe Mullen as the NHL's all-time leading goal scorer among American-born players. The 36-year-old now has 503 markers over the course of his brilliant career, and has recorded a goal in four straight contests.

Marty Turco finished with 21 saves in the loss, which was a costly one for Dallas. The Stars began the day locked in a three-way tie with Minnesota and San Jose for fifth place in the Western Conference. Both the Wild and Sharks won on Saturday, sending Dallas into sole possession of the seventh spot.

The Stars also lost defenseman Stephane Robidas, who was taken off the ice with a concussion after being punched by Nashville's Jordin Tootoo in the third period. Robidas is not expected to play tonight.

Dallas brings a three-game home win streak into this evening's test and owns a 24-10-2 season mark at home.

Phoenix's struggles resumed on Saturday, when the Coyotes were dealt a 6-3 setback by red-hot Colorado at Jobing.com Arena. Joe Sakic and Paul Stastny each netted two goals to lead the Avalanche to the easy win.

Bill Thomas, Shane Doan and Jeremy Roenick all scored for the Coyotes, but goaltender Curtis Joseph was roughed up for six goals on just 31 shots.

The loss was Phoenix's seventh in eight games, and the club has posted a dismal 3-13-1 record since February 7. The Coyotes have also been poor on the road throughout the year, having posted just a 13-22-1 mark as the visitor.

The Stars had taken the first four meetings in this year's season series before the Coyotes came through with a 5-2 triumph at the American Airlines Center on January 9. The win was Phoenix's third in its last five trips to Dallas.

03/18 11:21:47 ET


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