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Thursday NHL game preview: Toronto Maple Leafs at Dallas Stars

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FACEOFF: 8:30 p.m.

TV: TSN4

RADIO: Sportsnet 590 The FAN

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Radulov/Leafs defence

Alexander Radulov, the former Canadiens winger, broke hearts in Montreal when he signed a five-year deal in Dallas last summer worth an annual average value of about $ 6.25 million U.S.. Lately he’s been breaking through opposing schemes at an alarming rate. In his most recent eight games the 31-year-old winger — who plays on the No. 1 line with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn — has racked up six goals and nine assists.

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Maple Leafs winger Leo Komarov turned 31 on Tuesday, when the team spent the night in Chicago. Longtime linemate Nazem Kadri, who was separated from Komarov in a lineup shakeup at practice on Tuesday, said celebrations were low-key. “He’s getting too old to celebrate now anyways,” Kadri said of Komarov. Leafs defenceman Jake Gardiner, overhearing Kadri’s remark, begged to differ, suggesting Komarov had been pointing out his impending milestone in the lead-up to the big day: “(Komarov) is obsessed with his birthday.” . . . The Stars have won six of their last eight games, outscoring opponents a combined 31-16.

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