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Turco, Stars looking to build off momentum vs. Predators

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Dallas (11-13-4) at Nashville (14-12-3), 8:00 pm EST

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Marty Turco and the Dallas

Stars are hoping their last performance was a sign of things to

come.

Turco will attempt to build off his best performance as the

inconsistent Stars visit the slumping Nashville Predators on

Saturday.

The 33-year-old Turco made 37 saves in his 17th consecutive

start as Dallas clipped the Detroit Red Wings, 3-1, on Friday in

a matchup of last season's Western Conference finalists.

Trudging through a trying season, Turco entered with a 3.41

goals-against average - a far cry from his 2.31 mark in 2007-08.

The seven-year veteran shined against Detroit, especially over

the final 40 minutes, when he turned aside all 29 shots he

faced.

"I felt great," Turco said. "A team that shoots the puck as

often as they do, you've got to be on your toes at all times.

It can make it a little bit easier out there, but all things

considered, to say we got this one certainly does feel good."

Even with the win, Dallas - which was picked by many to contend

for the Stanley Cup this campaign - still is stuck in last place

in the West with 26 points.

The Predators are hoping to snap a three-game losing streak.

They have not lost four straight contests since dropping five in

row from December 10-19, 2007.

Nashville, which has started Dan Ellis over Pekka Rinne in the

crease during the last two contests, were handed a 2-1 shootout

loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.

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