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3 things to know before the Stars face the Kings

3 things to know before the Stars face the Kings


Injury Updates
Alexander Radulov may or may not play. As of yesterday, the 32-year-old Russian right winger was at practice, but his status for Tuesday night’s game remains up in the air.

“Rads felt good going through practice and he just didn’t want to push it,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery told the Dallas Morning News. “We didn’t want him to push it in practice.”

Radulov has been dealing with what the team is calling a lower-body injury after missing the past two games, including Friday’s 3-1 loss to Central Division rival the Minnesota Wild. Radulov’s absence has been a significant blow to the team’s offense, as the veteran has gotten off to a hot start with four goals and two assists through the first six contests this season.

Montgomery has already ruled out right winger Valeri Nichushkin (lower-body) for the third consecutive game despite practicing with the team and participating in the team’s Tuesday’s morning skate.

Time to rebound
After winning three of their first four games, outscoring opponents 17-11, the Stars have dropped their past three contests after being outscored 10-2. The Stars took an early lead on a Jason Spezza goal on Friday vs Minnesota but then failed to find the net the rest of the night, surrendering three straight goals without an answer.

“As a coach, you got to be consistent. You’ve got to focus on what you believe,” Montgomery said after practice Monday. “Then, you got to practice and play to your team identity.”

Dallas will look to rebound on the second game of a three-game homestand that concludes Thursday vs the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

The Stars made a roster move on Monday, recalling center Justin Dowling from AHL Texas Stars, where he’s had four assists and six points in seven games.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound native of Cochrane, Alta. was originally undrafted and signed as a free agent by Dallas on March 26, 2014.

How to watch
The puck drops between the Dallas Stars (3-4-0) and the Los Angeles Kings (2-5-1) at 7:30 p.m. at the American Airlines Center at 7:30 p.m. and can be watched locally on Fox Sports Southwest.

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