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After finishing last in the Central Division and allowing the fourth-most goals in the Western Conference last season, the Winnipeg Jets are playing surprisingly strong defense.

The Dallas Stars' defense, meanwhile, has been an unexpected disappointment.

The Jets will try to continue playing well on the road and silence Tyler Seguin on Tuesday night while looking to hand the Stars their fifth loss in six games.

Winnipeg (14-9-5) is among the NHL's best defensive teams, giving up an average of 2.21 goals while managing the same mark offensively. However, the Jets have picked it up on offense with 3.17 goals per game during a 4-0-2 stretch.

Following a 6-2 win over Colorado on Friday, they settled for a point in the standings by giving up the winner 53 seconds into overtime of a 4-3 loss to league-leading Anaheim.

Before Winnipeg gets a chance to avenge that defeat at home Saturday, it first visits Dallas (10-12-5) and the Avalanche - the bottom two teams in the Central.

The Jets are 8-4-3 on the road after earning six points in the last four away games.

"These are teams we need to get points from," said center Bryan Little, who leads the club with 11 goals. "We've been pretty good this year at playing well on the road when we have to, and getting points on the road. We're hoping to continue that this week."

That likely means finding a way to limit Seguin, who leads the league with 21 goals while tying Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby for the most points (35). The center has nine goals and four assists in nine games, but the Stars are just 4-4-1 in that stretch.

"They're a team that has a lot of dangerous players," Little said. "When you're playing against the leading goal-scorer in the league, he's someone you have to look out for whenever you're on the ice against him."

The Jets are well aware of what Seguin can do after he piled up eight goals and six assists in the past 10 meetings. He has four goals with two assists in the last three.

Seguin had two goals and an assist in Saturday's 4-1 win over Montreal, helping Dallas - a playoff team last season - snap a four-game skid.

"I liked pretty well everything," coach Lindy Ruff said. "That's the way we need to play - a lot of smart decisions, real good puck management. You can win a lot of games playing like that. It starts by your best players doing the right thing."

Jamie Benn is among them with 12 points in nine games after assisting on both of Seguin's goals against the Canadiens. The left wing's 17 assists lead the Stars, while his 25 points are second. He has 11 points in eight career matchups with Winnipeg, setting up two goals - one by Seguin - in a 2-1 home victory March 24.

Little scored for the Jets in that meeting after coming up empty in the prior eight.

Andrew Ladd has gone without a point in four straight games against the Stars, but has two goals and three assists in the last two overall after getting one of each on the power play Sunday.

Winnipeg will be without Evander Kane for two games after he was suspended by the NHL for boarding Anaheim's Clayton Stoner on Sunday.

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