Stars at Kings9:30 p.m. Thursday, Staples Center, Los Angeles TV: FSSW Radio: KTCK/1310 AM Records: Stars 11-9-2, 24 points; Kings 11-7-2, 24 pts. About the Stars: This is the first of five meetings, including three at Staples Center where the Stars have won by a goal on their last two visits. ... Dallas has scored at least three goals in seven consecutive road games, going 5-1-1 in that stretch. ... Defenseman Philip Larsen appears ready to return from a shoulder injury. He practiced on the ice this week. Larsen was hurt when he went head-first into the boards in the Feb. 23 game against San Jose. ... The Stars recalled forward Francis Wathier from the AHL Texas Stars. Wathier, 28, was the Stars’ sixth-round pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. About the Kings: The Kings have won nine of their past 11 games. ... The Kings have outscored their opponents 25-12 in the third period this season, including 8-1 in the past two games. ... LA has won six in a row at home and is 7-1-1 overall at home this season. ... Forward Jeff Carter has 11 goals in the past 11 games and leads the NHL with six game-winning goals. ... Anze Kopitar has 11 points in the past seven games and Mike Richards has nine points in his past 11 games. ... Goalie Jonathan Quick has a 1.95 goals-against average in his past five games, winning four, and is 7-0-2 with a 1.98 GAA against the Stars.