Nashville (26-25-5) at Dallas (37-13-2)

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  • Game info: 8:30 pm EST Fri Mar 7, 2003
  • TV: FSN, FSSW
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DALLAS (TICKER) —Well aware of the need for better defense, the Dallas Stars host the surging Nashville Predators on Friday night.

Dallas is 10-2-4-1 in its last 17 games and 19-3-7-1 in its last 30 games. But Wednesday’s 7-4 victory over Chicago was not one of the better defensive efforts of late as the Stars allowed four goals for the fourth time in the last 16 games.

In Wednesday’s victory, seven different players scored as the Stars scored three times apiece in the second and third period. Defenseman Philippe Boucher scored the first of three straight goals 5:36 into the third as Dallas matched its best offensive home outburst of the season at home.

Rookie Steve Ott, Jere Lehtinen, Mike Modano and Claude Lemieux also tallied, while Kirk Muller added a pair of assists and has 600 career helpers.

“The only positive today was that we got two points and found a way to win,” Boucher said. “But we don’t want to win games like that. We weren’t happy about our defensive play today. We need to tighten up more than what we did tonight.”

Nashville is 8-1-1-1 in its last 11 games and 24-15-6-1 since its woeful 2-10-4-4 start.

The Predators have scored first in six straight games, but wasted a two-goal lead and settled for a 2-2 tie with Minnesota, which snapped a club-record seven-game home winning streak

The blown lead dropped Nashville five points behind Edmonton for the Western Conference’s final playoff spot.

The Predators have given the Stars difficulties this season, outscoring them 8-3 in a pair of home wins.

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