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Friday, November 2nd (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (4-6-0) at Dallas Stars (5-5-2), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Dallas Stars will try to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season when they welcome the Phoenix Coyotes for tonight's test at American Airlines Center.

The Stars are coming off consecutive home losses to San Jose and Chicago and are in danger of going winless on their three-game stand. Dallas hasn't dropped three games in a row since a four-game skid from March 1-8 of last season.

Dallas was handed a heartbreaking loss by the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday. Jason Williams scored with 20.4 seconds left in the game to break a tie and lift Chicago to the 5-4 triumph in Big D.

Sergei Zubov had a goal and two assists and Mike Ribeiro notched a goal and assist for Dallas, which has also lost three of its last four games.

Starting goaltender Marty Turco made 18 saves, and replacement Smith stopped six shots and took the loss.

Somewhat lost in the game was the historic quest of Dallas' Mike Modano. He came into Wednesday's game one shy of tying Phil Housley for most points by a U.S.-born player. Modano was initially awarded an assist on Zubov's goal in the third period, giving him 1,232 points and matching Housley. But later it was credited to Ribeiro. The 37-year-old will get another chance to tie or pass Housley this evening.

The Stars, who are 3-2-1 as the host club this season, will begin a four-game road trip Monday evening in Anaheim.

Phoenix will aim for consecutive wins for the first time this season when it takes the ice tonight.

The Coyotes are 4-6-0 on the year and are coming off Tuesday's victory in St. Louis. Fredrik Sjostrom's wrap-around goal with 2:58 left in the third period was the difference as Phoenix nipped St. Louis, 2-1, at Scottrade Center.

Mike Zigomanis also tallied for the Coyotes, who have won two of their last three contests. Mikael Tellqvist made 24 stops in the victory, his second of the season.

The Coyotes haven't posted back-to-back wins since beating Los Angeles and Colorado on January 20 and 26 of last season.

The Coyotes and Stars met Tuesday evening in Phoenix and Dallas posted a 5-3 victory. Dallas has won four straight, nine of 10 and 11 of the last 13 meetings with the Coyotes.

Phoenix has also been defeated in two straight and four of its last five trips to Dallas.

11/02 10:37:52 ET

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