Coyotes at Stars
7:30 p.m. Thursday, American Airlines Center, Dallas
TV: FSSW Radio: KTCK/1310 AM and 96.7 FM
Records: Coyotes 34-35-7, 75 points; Stars 46-22-9, 101 pts.
About the Coyotes: Arizona is coming off a 5-2 loss Monday to the Calgary Flames that snapped a three-game winning streak on Monday. … The Coyotes are 6-3-0 in their past nine games, including a 3-1 victory over the Stars a week ago. Arizona also defeated the Stars 6-3 on Feb. 18. However, the Coyotes are on the verge of being eliminated from playoff contention with a loss or a point earned by Minnesota against the Ottawa. … Former Stars goalie Mike Smith is expected to start in goal. He is 4-1 in his past five games. …Forward Shane Doan is expected to play. He was hit against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday and experienced concussion-like symptoms, according to the team’s website.
About the Stars: Dallas has won five of its past six games, including Tuesday’s 5-2 win over Nashville. … The Stars are 8-2-2 in the past 12 games and are tied with St. Louis atop the Western Conference with five games remaining. … Dallas has won three straight at home. … Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza have all scored 30 or more goals for the Stars this season. The Stars are the first team with three or more 30-goal scorers in one season since 2011-12, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.