Stars at Hurricanes
6 p.m. Thursday, PNC Arena, Raleigh, N.C.
TV: FSSW Radio: KTCK/1310 AM and 96.7 FM
Records: Stars 30-27-10, 70 points; Hurricanes 25-32-8, 58 pts.
About the Stars: Dallas has won three of four games and is 2-1-0 on its five-game road trip after Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. The Stars remain eight points out of the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. … Defenseman Vernon Fiddler has four goals in the past four games after going the previous eight without a point. … Defenseman John Klingberg is a game-time decision with an upper-body injury. Defenseman Jason Demers (illness) and forward Cody Eakin (team discipline) are also game-time decisions.
About the Hurricanes: Carolina blew a 3-1 first-period lead and lost 4-3 Tuesday to the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Hurricanes are last in the Metropolitan Division. … Carolina ranks third in penalty-killing, but allowed three power-play goals to Columbus and has surrendered five in the past two games. … In the first meeting this season on Nov. 18, Carolina scored four second-period goals, including two by Eric Staal, for a 6-4 victory that gave the franchise its first win in Dallas since 1996 when it was the Hartford Whalers. … Defenseman Justin Faulk’s three points Tuesday tied a career-high set twice this season. … Goalie Cam Ward has a 3.73 goals-against average in the past four games. He is 2-2-0 with a 4.42 GAA against the Stars at home, but he hasn’t face them at home since November 2011.
— From online reports