Stars at Panthers
6:30 p.m. Thursday, BB&T Center, Sunrise, Fla.
TV: FSSW Radio: KTCK/1310 AM and 96.7 FM
Records: Stars 28-26-10, 66 points; Panthers 28-23-13, 69 pts.
About the Panthers: Florida is coming off an odd 3-2 loss to Toronto on Tuesday. Starting goalie Roberto Luongo was injured in the first period. Al Montoya came on in relief, but injured himself during a Toronto goal early in the third period. With Luongo still in the dressing room, officials halted the game, but Montoya re-entered. However, it was obvious he was hurting. Meanwhile, the Panthers signed 41-year-old goaltending coach Robb Tallas to an emergency contract. After Montoya allowed Toronto’s go-ahead goal, Luongo appeared from the dressing room and played the final 9:08 of the loss. Tallas did not play. ... On Wednesday, Florida called up former Stars goalie Dan Ellis from San Antonio of the AHL and Sam Brittain from Cincinnati of the ECHL. Ellis will start Thursday. ... The Stars defeated the Panthers 2-0 on Feb. 13.
About the Stars: Dallas snapped a six-game losing streak on Tuesday with a 3-2 victory in overtime against the New York Islanders and jumped ahead of Colorado in the race for the final Western Conference wild-card spot. However, Dallas, with 66 points, is nine points behind Minnesota, which currently holds the final playoff spot with 75 points. ... Tuesday’s victory in overtime was the Stars’ first overtime win at home in nine chances this season. ... Cody Eakin scored the winning goal, his 15th goal of the season. He has five points in the past three games, including three goals. ... Goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped 35 of 37 shots Tuesday, including 17 of 18 in the first period.
— From online reports