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Resurgent Kings look for fourth straight against Stars

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Resurgent Kings look for fourth straight against Stars

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Los Angeles (6-6-2) at Dallas (5-7-3), 8:30 pm EST

DALLAS (Ticker) -- After winning three of their first 11 games,
the Los Angeles Kings are suddenly a far cry from being a
pushover in the Western Conference.

The Kings look to extend their winning streak to four when they
conclude a home-and-home series with the Dallas Stars on
Thursday.

The Stars were 12-2-2 against the Kings over the previous two
seasons - including an eight-game sweep in 2006-07 - yet fizzled
in the teams' recent duel.

Alexander Frolov scored in the fifth round of a shootout, Jarret
Stoll had a power-play goal in his 300th NHL game and captain
Dustin Brown also tallied to lead the Kings to a 3-2 win on
Tuesday in Los Angeles.

The Stars were physically outplayed by the Kings, who scored
just two goals in a three-game stretch prior to their current
streak.

Brown, who led the NHL last season with 311 hits, checked
Stephane Robidas into the Kings' bench and later received a
five-minute boarding penalty and a game misconduct for checking
Mike Ribeiro into the boards and drawing blood.

The Stars were not able to solve backup goaltender Erik Ersberg
during those power plays, and finished 0-for-4 with the man
advantage. They were 2-for-24 during their 1-3-1 road trip.

Ersberg has started four consecutive games and is 3-0-1,
yielding eight goals in that span. Los Angeles coach Terry
Murray could insert Jason LaBarbera in goal for this game. The
28-year-old LaBarbera is 3-5-1 with a 3.01 goals-against
average.

Dallas, meanwhile, may also call upon its backup, Tobias
Stephan, to relieve Marty Turco. Logging a career 2.20 GAA
during his eight-year career, Turco has posted a 3.75 mark in 13
games. The 33-year-old has never had a GAA higher than 2.55.

Stephan is 1-1-0 with a 3.54 GAA in four appearances.

Stars newcomer Sean Avery, who spent parts of four seasons with
the Kings and had 99 points in 218 games, will skate against his
former team for the second time since signing with Dallas as a
free agent in July. He went scoreless in the first meeting.

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