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Dallas trying for fourth consecutive victory, sixth straight win against Carolina

by Sean Shapiro / Correspondent

HURRICANES (3-1-1) at STARS (4-3-0)

8 p.m. ET; FW-SW+, FS-CR, NHL.TV


The Game

The Carolina Hurricanes are on a two-game winning streak and would tie the best six-game start in their history with a victory against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Saturday. Carolina last started 4-1-1 in 2007-08 and were the Hartford Whalers when they went 4-1-1 to open the 1995-96 season.

The Stars have won three straight games. They are 10-for-10 killing penalties during the winning streak.

Dallas goaltender Ben Bishop will make his sixth consecutive start. He's fifth with in the NHL with a 1.93 goals-against average. Scott Darling will make his fifth start for the Hurricanes, who are playing the final game of a four-game road trip. It's the final home game for Dallas before a five-game road trip.

Video: ARI@DAL: Bishop flashes the leather on Stepan


Players to watch

Carolina forward Justin Williams has four points (one goal, three assists) during a three-game point streak.

Bishop is 7-1-1 with a .945 save percentage, a 1.76 GAA and two shutouts in nine career games against Carolina.

Video: CAR@CGY: Williams beats sprawling Smith for PPG


They said it

"It's sort of an annual thing where we have a road trip early in the season. It works out nicely for us. We've got some new faces from last year and we want to try to come together and set the tone for a good year as a road team. I think we've done a good job of that so far." -- Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner

"Obviously with the system change it helps my game and helps all the (defenders) game. Goals are down. We've focused a more lot on playing good defense. Tracking, re-loading, come back all five guys. It makes it a lot easier on the D. And obviously with (Bishop) talking back there and making those huge saves helps a lot to." -- Stars defenseman John Klingberg on the change in focus under new coach Ken Hitchcock


Hurricanes projected lineup

Teuvo Teravainen -- Jordan Staal -- Justin Williams

Sebastian Aho -- Victor Rask -- Elias Lindholm

Jeff Skinner -- Derek Ryan -- Brock McGinn

Joakim Nordstrom -- Marcus Kruger -- Janne Kuokkanen

Jaccob Slavin -- Brett Pesce

Justin Faulk -- Noah Hanifin

Haydn Fleury -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Scott Darling

Cam Ward

Scratched: Martin Necas, Josh Jooris, Klas Dahlbeck

Injured: Lee Stempniak (upper body)


Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Alexander Radulov

Devin Shore -- Mattias Janmark -- Jason Spezza

Antoine Roussel -- Radek Faksa -- Tyler Pitlick

Remi Elie -- Martin Hanzal -- Brett Ritchie

Marc Methot -- John Klingberg

Dan Hamhuis -- Stephen Johns

Esa Lindell -- Julius Honka

Ben Bishop

Kari Lehtonen

Scratched : Jamie Oleksiak, Greg Pateryn, Gemel Smith

Injured: None


Status report

Honka will play after he was a healthy scratch for the Stars' 5-4 win at the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday.


Stat pack

The Stars have won five in a row and nine of their past 11 against the Hurricanes. … Skinner has 20 goals in his past 24 games, dating back to last season. … Spezza has 40 points (19 goals, 21 assists) in 38 career games against Carolina.

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