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Carolina going for sixth win in past eight; Colorado trying to gain ground in Central Division

by Josh Clark / Independent Correspondent

HURRICANES (32-20-3) at STARS (31-19-5)

8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, FS-CR, ESPN+, NHL.TV

The Game

The Carolina Hurricanes will try for their sixth win in the past eight games when they play the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Tuesday.

The Hurricanes have won two straight games and are 5-2-0 in their past seven. Carolina is two points out of the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference and could gain ground with a win.

The Stars are 3-1-1 in their past five games and could move within one point of the Colorado Avalanche for second place in the Central Division with a victory.

Players to watch

Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho has 10 points (six goals, four assists) during a six-game point streak and has a goal in five straight games.

Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin is 7-2-0 with a 2.22 goals-against average and .931 save percentage in his past 10 games.

They said it

"You watch them play and they're a good team. There are no weaknesses on this team. It's going to come down to the same things it comes down to every night, which is our compete level, winning puck battles and talent having to make plays. It's pretty much the recipe every night." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour on playing the Stars

"We liked the look of our lines on Saturday. In the process of trying to spend more time in the offensive zone and score more goals, you have to try different things and find out what can work. The only way you do that is to experiment. We put those lines together [Saturday] morning, liked the look of them then, and they looked good last game. We're hoping that can continue." -- Stars coach Rick Bowness

Hurricanes projected lineup

Andrei Svechnikov -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen

Warren Foegele -- Jordan Staal -- Martin Necas

Ryan Dzingel -- Erik Haula -- Nino Niederreiter

Brock McGinn -- Lucas Wallmark -- Justin Williams

Jaccob Slavin -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Jake Gardiner -- Brett Pesce

Haydn Fleury -- Joel Edmundson

Petr Mrazek

James Reimer

Scratched: None

Injured: Dougie Hamilton (fractured leg), Jordan Martinook (upper body)

Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Jason Dickinson -- Denis Gurianov

Roope Hintz -- Tyler Seguin -- Corey Perry

Mattias Janmark -- Joe Pavelski -- Alexander Radulov

Andrew Cogliano -- Radek Faksa -- Blake Comeau

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Miro Heiskanen -- Stephen Johns

Jamie Oleksiak -- Andrej Sekera

Anton Khudobin

Ben Bishop

Scratched: Joel Kiviranta, Roman Polak, Taylor Fedun

Injured: Justin Dowling (lower body)

Status report

Pavelski skated Tuesday and is a game-time decision tonight. He missed practice Monday because of an upper-body injury. … Radulov will return to the lineup after missing one game with an upper-body injury.

Stat pack

Svechnikov has six points (three goals, three assists) during a four-game point streak … Khudobin is 4-1-1 with a 1.96 GAA and .927 save percentage in six games against Carolina. … The Stars are 9-2-0 in their past 11 home games against Carolina, dating to Feb. 11, 2003.

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