Minnesota (37-25-1) at Dallas (40-17-2)

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  • Game info: 8:30 pm EST Fri Mar 21, 2003
  • TV: FSSW
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DALLAS (TICKER) —With starting goaltender Marty Turco close to returning, the Dallas Stars host the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.

Turco has not played since February 11 against Carolina. He suffered a sprained ankle and Ron Tugnutt has made the bulk of the starts in his absence. Dallas is 7-6-3-1 since the All-Star goalie went down.

While Turco is not expected back for this weekend’s games, he could return at some point on Dallas’ upcoming three-game road trip. He is unbeaten in a club-record 14 games and skated for the third consecutive day Thursday, testing the ankle more than he had in the previous two practice sessions.

The Stars avoided their first four-game losing streak since December 23, 1995-January 1, 1996 by rallying for a 5-4 overtime win in Atlanta on Wednesday.

Scott Young, defenseman Stephane Robidas and Jere Lehtinen scored in a 9:20 span of the third to give Dallas a 4-3 lead and Mike Modano ended a six-game goal drought with the game-winner in overtime. Dallas is a league-best 7-10-5-1 when trailing after two periods.

Dallas enters Friday’s game tied with Vancouver for second place in the Western Conference, one point behind Detroit.

Minnesota is one point behind Anaheim for sixth place, but has three games in hand. The Wild also have a game in hand with eighth-place Edmonton and hold a four-point advantage over the Oilers.

Minnesota improved to 4-1-1 in its last six games with a 3-1 win at Florida on Wednesday as Pascal Dupuis scored a goal and set up another. Dwayne Roloson made 31 saves in the victory.

Roloson is 6-4-1 in his last 11 decisions, but Wild coach Jacques Lemaire will likely start former Star Manny Fernandez.

Fernandez, who played for Dallas from 1994-99, made 31 saves in Minnesota’s 4-2 home win on March 12 and turned aside 33 in its 3-1 home win on October 17.

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