Jets at Stars
7:30 p.m. Thursday, American Airlines Center, Dallas
Radio: KTCK/1310 AM and 96.7 FM
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Records: Jets 22-14-8, 52 points; Stars 19-16-7, 45 pts.
About the Jets: Mathieu Perreault scored a career-high four goals in Winnipeg’s 8-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday and the Jets have built a 3-point cushion for the top wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Vancouver holds the second wild-card spot with 49 points. … Winnipeg is only 2-2-1 in its past five games. … Perreault tied the franchise record with the four goals in a game, and he has 21 points in his past 19 games. Perreault went 19 games to start the season before scoring his first goal. He has 15 in the 24 games since and is now only three off his career high of 18.
About the Stars: Dallas is coming off a 5-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, which snapped a four-game losing streak. … The Stars had two goals by rookie defenseman John Klingberg. Erik Cole, Trevor Daley and Ales Hemsky also scored for Dallas. Hemsky’s goal was his fifth in his past eight games. … The Stars’ top scorers have struggled, however. Despite leading the league in goals scored with 26 (tied with New York Rangers’ Rick Nash), Tyler Seguin has only one goal in the past 10 games, and Jamie Benn has scored just two during that span. … The Stars have also struggled in goal. Kari Lehtonen was pulled 10:30 into Tuesday’s game after giving up two goals. He was replaced by Anders Lindback, who made 34 saves for his second win of the season. Lehtonen is 0-2-1 in his last four starts with a 4.40 goals-against average and a .856 save percentage.
— From online reports