Penguins at Stars
7:30 p.m. Thursday, American Airlines Center, Dallas
Radio: KTCK/1310 AM and 96.7 FM
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Records: Penguins 39-21-10, 88 points; Stars 32-28-10, 74 pts.
About the Penguins: They remain third in the Metropolitan Division despite losing three in a row and being outscored 9-1 during that skid. ... Injuries have played a role. Center Evgeni Malkin, who leads the team with 28 goals and is second with 68 points, will miss his third consecutive game with a lower-body injury. Forward Patric Hornqvist, tied for second in goals (23) and fourth in points (45), is out with an undisclosed injury. ... Center Sidney Crosby is tied for second in the NHL in points (71) and assists (48). ... Pittsburgh is 18-9-7 on the road.
About the Stars: They had won three straight before losing 3-0 at home to the Blues on Sunday. They are eight points out of the last playoff spot with only 12 games to play and have three teams ahead of them also aiming for the last wild-card berth. ... Center Tyler Seguin has three goals in five games back since missing 10 games with a knee injury. ... Captain Jamie Benn has three assists in the last five games and 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) over the past 17 games. ... Only three teams have fewer home wins than the Stars, who are 13-14-8 at the AAC.