Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 1/16/14
11:30 a.m.: The Bruins are back on the road after a quick stop at home, and they’re still looking to get their game straightened out. The latest chance to do that will come Thursday night. The B’s are in Dallas to take on the Stars for the series finale between the two clubs. Boston comes in having lost five of its last eight, and the B’s are looking to avenge a shootout loss to Dallas in Boston on Nov. 5. The Stars are scuffling right now as well. Dallas just recently snapped a six-game losing streak when it defeated the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night. The Stars are actually still in playoff contention despite the recent slump, as they’re just six points out of the Western Conference’s eighth playoff spot. They do need to turn things around, though, after the offense has really run dry as of late. Dallas scored just 12 goals in the six-game losing streak before breaking out against Edmonton with a 5-2 win. Former Bruins forward Tyler Seguin scored just once over that six-game skid, as his line’s struggles have coincided with the slump. Thursday’s game will mark the return to Dallas of a pair of former Stars. The game will be the first time Loui Eriksson and Reilly Smith have played in Dallas as opponents. They went to Boston as part of the deal that sent Seguin and Rich Peverley to Dallas, and both Eriksson and Smith have fit in nicely for the B’s. That’s been especially true of Smith who comes into the game as the Bruins’ leading goal-scorer. The return will probably be especially meaningful for Eriksson who played his first seven seasons. Kari Lehtonen is expected to get the start in net for the Stars, while we’ll learn more about the Bruins’ goaltending situation following their 11:30 a.m. ET morning skate. Puck drop from American Airlines Center is set for 8:30 p.m. ET.Filed under: Boston Bruins, Headlines, Live Blog, Mike Cole

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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