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Stars GameDay: Gauntlet of postseason contenders continues with Pacific-leading Kings

Goalie Kari Lehtonen and the Dallas Stars face another top playoff contender in the Los Angeles Kings and Trevor Lewis on Tuesday night at American Airlines Center.
Goalie Kari Lehtonen and the Dallas Stars face another top playoff contender in the Los Angeles Kings and Trevor Lewis on Tuesday night at American Airlines Center. AP

Kings at Stars

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, American Airlines Center, Dallas

TV: FSSW Radio: KTCK/1310 AM and 96.7 FM

Records: Kings 41-22-5, 87 points; Stars 41-20-9, 91 pts.

About the Kings: They won 5-0 at Chicago on Monday in another game matching upper-echelon teams in the Western Conference. Jonathan Quick’s 41st career shutout, most ever by a U.S.-born goalie, gives him 35 wins this season, tied for second in the NHL, and a 2.18 goals-against average. It was LA’s second of four games in a six-day span. The Kings won the only other matchup with Dallas this season, 3-2 on Jan. 19. Anze Kopitar leads the Kings in points (60) and assists (39) while Tyler Toffoli has the most goals (25), including one Monday that ended a 10-game goalless stretch. In its last 10 games, Los Angeles has seven wins, two losses to Anaheim and Saturday’s overtime loss to New Jersey.

About the Stars: Despite Saturday’s overtime loss to St. Louis, the Stars picked up three of a possible four points in back-to-back games against their main Central Division rivals to stay even with the Blues for the most points in the Western Conference. Next comes the Pacific-leading Kings, who have allowed the fewest goals (154) in the NHL this season. Dallas is in the middle of a five-game homestand against teams all in the thick of the playoff hunt. After going scoreless in a five-game stretch, Tyler Seguin has had two points in each of the last two games and is third in the NHL (72) in points, behind runaway leader Patrick Kane (89) and teammate Jamie Benn (77).

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