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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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