The Dallas Stars can regain command of the Western Conference if they avoid matching their longest losing streak this season.
The Stars will try to get back on track Tuesday night by continuing their recent dominance of the struggling Winnipeg Jets.
Dallas (37-17-6) still has a chance to sit atop the West despite an 0-2-1 skid that includes a 7-3 drubbing to Boston on Saturday. The Stars were coming off a 6-3 loss in Arizona on Thursday.
“We should take a look at those scores and remember how it makes us feel,” said forward Patrick Sharp, who scored his first goal in 19 games Saturday as part of a 3-1 lead in the first period. “It's not a representation of how our team can play or how we should be playing, but nonetheless it's happened.”
Dallas has lost four in a row just once this season – from Jan. 9-19 – but has won three straight over the Jets (25-29-4), who are next-to-last in the West. The Stars won 5-3 in Winnipeg on Feb. 2 with Tyler Seguin tallying a pair of goals.
The Jets are returning home after going 0-2-1 in the final three of four consecutive road games. They tallied two goals or fewer for the fifth time in six contests with a 3-1 defeat to Florida on Saturday.
“We had the opportunities to put the puck in the net,” captain Andrew Ladd said. “In tight games like that, you've got to find a way to do it.”
Winnipeg has also labored at times offensively during a 2-8-0 stretch at home. It's scored a combined 14 goals in the eight losses and 10 in the two victories.
The Jets' struggles at the other end of the ice have been the main culprit during their current three-game skid at the MTS Centre. They have allowed a combined 16 goals while moving to the brink of their first four-game home losing streak since an 0-3-2 skid in March 2014.
This is Winnipeg's lone home game from Feb. 13-29, and the Jets finish that stretch with a two-game trip that begins Thursday in Dallas – their final scheduled meeting.
It's unclear if the Jets will have leading goal scorer Bryan Little available for either part of the home-and-home series because of an upper-body injury sustained in a 6-5 shootout loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday. Little, who has 17 goals, is considered day to day.
Ladd will try to make up for his absence by adding to his six goals in nine games this month. He has two goals and three assists in his past five matchups with Dallas.
Seguin's 12 goals and 23 points in 21 career games against Winnipeg are his most versus any opponent. John Klingberg has four goals and four assists in his past five matchups.
Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen is 7-1-1 with a 1.95 goals-against average – his lowest against any team – in nine career starts versus the Jets.