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The Red Wings hope to make it four in a row when they host the Dallas Stars at Joe Louis Arena tonight. The Red Wings come off an ugly 7-4 win, topped off with the first Red Wings hat trick in 108 games as Henrik Zetterberg netted his third with less than a second left.

The Stars lost to the Phoenix Coyotes Saturday night in Glendale 3-2 on goals by former Red Wing Robert Lang and Westland-native Mike Modano. University of Michigan graduate Marty Turco has heated up, going 5-1-1 in his last seven starts with a sparking 2.10 GAA. Dallas has scored two goals in each of their last six games.

Zetterberg won the First Star of the Week award Monday after a spectacular run featuring nine points in three games, including his first five-point game Saturday. Niklas Kronwall has seven points over that same stretch.

Mike Babcock said yesterday that he will start Jimmy Howard tonight, with the plan of giving Chris Osgood the start on Friday night against the Florida Panthers. However, he did note that Howard has been playing well the last three games, leaving the subtle hint that if Howard does very well tonight (like he did against Vancouver), Babcock would be amenable to riding Howard for a while.

Check out Defending Big D to read more about the Stars. Puck drops at 7:30 pm ET. The game is on FS Detroit, FS Southwest in Dallas, and NHL Network in the US (which means it is not on Center Ice). I'll be back here then!