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Thursday, February 14th (All times eastern)

Dallas Stars (35-20-5) at Phoenix Coyotes (28-25-4), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Pacific Division-leading Dallas Stars will try to set a franchise record for consecutive wins, as they wrap a home-and-home set with the Coyotes tonight at Phoenix's Arena.

The Stars have reeled off seven straight wins for the fourth time in team history, having last done it from November 22-December 5, 1997 before this current run. The Stars extended their streak on Monday with a 2-1 home win over Phoenix.

Mike Modano's power-play goal late in the third was the game winner, and Steve Ott also posted a third-period goal. Modano added an assist and Jere Lehtinen posted two helpers.

Marty Turco stopped 19 shots after missing two games because of a sore neck and has been in net for five of Dallas' seven wins. He has a 1.57 goals- against average over the winning burst, and improved to 14-7-0 and a tie in 28 career games (21 starts) versus Phoenix with a 2.47 GAA.

Dallas is second in the Western Conference and leads the Pacific Division with 75 points, four more than second-place Anaheim. The Stars have won five in a row on the road, and are 17-11-3 outside of Dallas this year. This is the first of back-to-back road tests for the Stars, who play in Anaheim on Friday.

Niko Kapanen netted a first-period goal for the Coyotes, and Ilya Bryzgalov was solid with a career-high tying 42 saves, but it wasn't enough as Phoenix lost its fourth straight and for the sixth time in its last seven games.

Bryzgalov is now in the midst of a personal six-game winless stretch, going 0-3-2 in that span. He has given up three goals in four of those six tests. Bryzgalov is 1-3-1 with a 2.18 GAA in nine career appearances versus Dallas.

Shane Doan leads the club with 36 assists and 54 points, but missed Monday's game due to a groin ailment. Doan also leads all Phoenix skaters in career points versus the Stars, notching 22 goals and 22 assists in 65 games against them, but is considered questionable for tonight.

Phoenix is fourth in the Pacific Division and is 11th in the conference, five points back of a playoff spot.

The Coyotes, 11-13-2 at home this year, will play five of their next six in Phoenix and they'll host Los Angeles on Saturday.

Dallas and Phoenix have now split four meetings so far this year, but the Stars have won five of seven, 10 of 13 and 12 of the last 16 in the series. That includes wins in eight of the last 10 in Phoenix.

02/14 10:33:46 ET

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