Coyotes at Stars
7:30 p.m. Thursday, American Airlines Center, Dallas TV: FSSW Radio: KTCK/1310 AM, 96.7 FM Records: Stars 6-9-4, 16 pts.; Coyotes 8-9-2, 18 pts.
About the Stars: Dallas plays the second game of a five-game homestand that began with a 6-4 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Dallas has lost three straight in regulation and won only two of its past 12 (2-8-2). Dallas is 1-5-4 at home. … On the bright side, Stars forward Jamie Benn snapped an 11-game goalless streak in the first period Tuesday. Tyler Seguin also upped his league-leading total to 14 goals with two against Carolina. … Defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka, called up for the Texas Stars after Kevin Connauton was claimed off waivers Tuesday by Columbus, will be in the lineup. Jokipakka has played three games with Dallas this season. … Patrick Eaves will also be available after missing the past three games with a lower body injury. … Ryan Garbutt missed Tuesday’s game due to injury, did not practice Wednesday and is going to miss a few more games.
About the Coyotes: Arizona is coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday. However, the Coyotes have earned at least a point in each of their past three games. … This is the second of three games between Arizona and Dallas. Ryan Garbutt scored with 1:16 remaining to give the Stars a 4-3 victory on Nov. 11 at Gila River Arena that snapped a seven-game losing streak. … Goalie Mike Smith, a former Stars backup, has lost his past four decisions. Backup goalie Devan Dubnyk (4-0-1 with a 2.25 goals-against average and .925 save percentage) stopped 68 of 69 shots in back-to-back road wins against Vancouver and Edmonton in the past week.
— From online reports