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Arizona looking to bounce back; Dallas has won four in row

by Jeff Miller / Correspondent

COYOTES (23-23-5) at STARS (27-21-4)

8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV


The Game

The Dallas Stars will look to win a season-high fifth straight game when they host the Arizona Coyotes at American Airlines Center on Monday.

Ben Bishop is projected to start for Dallas, which has outscored its opponents 11-4 in its past four games. Bishop is 3-0-0 with a .963 save percentage in his past three starts and second in the NHL with a 2.25 goals-against average, behind Robin Lehner of the New York Islanders (2.02).

The Coyotes lost 3-2 in overtime to the San Jose Sharks on Saturday in their first game after their mandatory five-day break following the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend, but have at least one point in nine of their past 11 games (6-2-3).


Players to watch

Coyotes rookie forward Conor Garland has two goals in his past seven games after scoring six in his previous four.

Stars forward Tyler Seguin has five points (four goals, one assist) in his past four games, including three goals in his past two. 


They said it

"The guys' antennas are up. They know where we're at, how many games are left. They know how important the games are, who's ahead of you, who's behind you." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet 

"It's a difficult game because it's the third in four nights with travel, but it's not a trap game because we've talked about how good they've been playing." -- Stars forward Jason Spezza


Coyotes projected lineup

Alex Galchenyuk -- Nick Cousins -- Clayton Keller

Richard Panik -- Derek Stepan -- Vinnie Hinostroza

Conor Garland -- Jordan Weal -- Christian Fischer

Lawson Crouse -- Mario Kempe -- Josh Archibald

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Niklas Hjalmarsson

Alex Goligoski -- Jordan Oesterle

Kevin Connauton -- Ilya Lyubushkin

Darcy Kuemper

Calvin Pickard

Scratched: Kyle Capobianco, Michael Bunting

Injured: Christian Dvorak (pectoral), Jason Demers (knee), Antti Raanta (lower body), Michael Grabner (eye), Nick Schmaltz (knee), Brad Richardson (hand); Jakob Chychrun (lower body)


Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Radek Faksa -- Blake Comeau

Mattias Janmark -- Tyler Seguin -- Alexander Radulov

Andrew Cogliano -- Jason Dickinson -- Jason Spezza

Denis Gurianov -- Roope Hintz -- Brett Ritchie

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Miro Heiskanen -- Roman Polak

Jamie Oleksiak -- Taylor Fedun

Ben Bishop

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Julius Honka, Connor Carrick, Valeri Nichushkin

Injured: Stephen Johns (upper body), Marc Methot (lower body), Martin Hanzal (back), Tyler Pitlick (upper body)


Status report

Chychrun will miss the conclusion of Arizona's three-game road trip at the Nashville Predators on Tuesday. 


Stat pack

If Dallas wins, it will tie its longest winning streak since it won six straight from March 2-13, 2012. … Arizona's penalty kill ranks second in the NHL on the road at 87.5 percent (63-for-72). … Kuemper is 6-0-3 with a 2.16 GAA and .926 save percentage in his past nine starts. 

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