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Stars Vs. Penguins: Game Preview, TV Info And More

After winning their last four games, Dallas is now in striking distance of the Pacific Division lead. They host Evgeni Malkin and an equally hot Pittsburgh team Wednesday.

Feb 26, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) celebrate the win against the Vancouver Canucks at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Canucks 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE
Feb 26, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) celebrate the win against the Vancouver Canucks at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Canucks 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

The Dallas Stars didn't make any moves at the trade deadline on Monday, but they're still in a solid position to find one of two ways into the playoffs.

Thanks to four straight wins, they're within a reasonable shot of Phoenix in the Pacific Division, only five points behind the Coyotes and three behind the San Jose Sharks.

Winning the Pacific would lock Dallas in as an automatic Top 3 seed in the Western Conference, which would be an easier task that battling three (if not four) teams for their current No. 8 seed in the West.

The Penguins have won their last three games and seem to have the Atlantic Division locked up in the Eastern Conference. Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen has won all four games for Dallas on the win streak, and allowed only six goals during the span.

Date / Time: Wednesday, February 29, 6:30 p.m. CT

Location: American Airlines Arena, Dallas, Texas

TV: NBC Sports

Radio: Stars Radio Network

Streaming: n/a

Line: Pittsburgh (-135)

For more on the Dallas Stars, be sure to check out Defending Big D. For Pittsburgh Penguins news and info, visit Pensburgh, and for all your hockey info and news, head over to SB Nation's NHL page.

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