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Bishop to start for Dallas; Arizona seeking first win

by Craig Morgan / Correspondent

STARS (3-3-0) at COYOTES (0-5-1)

10 p.m. ET; FS-A, FS-SW, NHL.TV


The Game

The Arizona Coyotes will look to win for the first time this season when they play the Dallas Stars at Gila River Arena on Thursday.

The Coyotes are off to the worst six-game start in their history.

The Stars will ride goalie Ben Bishop in search of their third straight win. Bishop, 3-1-0 in five starts, has allowed seven goals on 125 shots for a 1.49 goals-against average and .944 save percentage. He's second in the NHL in GAA and sixth in save percentage.

Bishop made 27 saves to help the Stars defeat the Coyotes 3-1 at American Airlines Center on Tuesday.


Players to watch

Stars forward Jason Spezza has 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) in 17 games against the Coyotes.

Coyotes forwards Max Domi and Anthony Duclair each has eight points (two goals, six assists) in six games against the Stars.


They said it

"Everything has been black and white. There is no real gray area with him. You know what he wants and expects of us. Since Day One, his message has been very clear." -- Stars forward Tyler Seguin on coach Ken Hitchcock's approach

"I've got to tell you, the game wasn't too big for him. He looked like he wanted to be in the net."

-- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet on goalie Adin Hill, who made 31 saves in his NHL debut at Dallas on Tuesday


Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Alexander Radulov

Remi Elie -- Martin Hanzal -- Devin Shore

Mattias Janmark -- Jason Spezza -- Brett Ritchie

Antoine Roussel -- Radek Faksa -- Tyler Pitlick

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Marc Methot -- Jamie Oleksiak

Dan Hamhuis -- Stephen Johns

Ben Bishop

Kari Lehtonen

Scratched: Julius Honka, Greg Pateryn, Gemel Smith

Injured: None


Coyotes projected lineup

Max Domi -- Derek Stepan -- Clayton Keller

Jordan Martinook -- Christian Dvorak -- Tobias Rieder

Lawson Crouse -- Nick Cousins -- Christian Fischer

Zac Rinaldo -- Mario Kempe -- Anthony Duclair

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers

Niklas Hjalmarsson -- Alex Goligoski

Kevin Connauton -- Luke Schenn

Adin Hill 

Louis Domingue

Scratched: Adam Clendening

Injured: Antti Raanta (lower body), Jakob Chychrun (knee), Brendan Perlini (upper body), Brad Richardson (lower body)


Status report

Oleksiak, a healthy scratch the past two games, will play for Honka. ... Tocchet said Perlini is close to returning. Perlini hasn't played since leaving in the first period of a 5-2 loss at the Vegas Golden Knights on Oct. 10. … Raanta remains sidelined with what general manager John Chayka called a muscle strain in his lower body. … Richardson will miss his second straight game and is considered day to day.


Stat pack

The Stars have won five straight and eight of their past 10 games against the Coyotes.

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