STARS (31-35-11) at HURRICANES (35-27-14)
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Stars team scope
The Dallas Stars will be without forwards Ales Hemsky and Curtis McKenzie and defenseman Jamie Oleksiak when they play the fourth game of a five-game road trip. Hemsky, who took part in the morning skate, has a hip injury that forced him to leave the Stars 2-0 loss against the Boston Bruins on Thursday. McKenzie suffered a cut below the eye after a high stick in the same game and did not make the trip to Carolina. Oleksiak sustained a lower-body injury when he blocked a shot against the Bruins. The Stars recalled forwards Gemel Smith and Justin Dowling from Texas of the American Hockey League. Smith had two goals in a 12-game stint with Dallas early in the season; Dowling has played five NHL games this season. "Both guys have been up before and played well for us," coach Lindy Ruff said. "Smith has good speed and scored a few goals for us when we had guys out of the lineup. Dowling didn't play as much, but he's a creative guy in the middle. The games he did play, I thought he played well."
Hurricanes team scope
Goaltender Cam Ward will start for the Carolina Hurricanes, who are four points behind the Boston Bruins for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes have one game in hand on the Bruins but have six fewer regulation/overtime wins. Carolina has earned points in a Hurricanes record 13 straight games (9-0-4) to surge back into the playoff picture. "We've just got to worry about tonight and find a way to get off to a better start than our last two games at home, so that's our focus the first 10 minutes," coach Bill Peters said. The Hurricanes have relied heavily on the line of Jeff Skinner, Derek Ryan and Lee Stempniak recently, but Peters said he plans to juggle lines to get the rest of his forwards producing. "Everything else has been a mixed bag," Peters said. "We've had different line combinations other than the Ryan line, and that's due to the fact that somebody's not going. So if somebody's got some extra jump and he looks like he's going to have a night, we're going to bump him up." The Hurricanes are averaging 3.61 goals per game during the 13-game point streak.
Stars projected lineup
Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Devin Shore
Remi Elie -- Cody Eakin -- Jason Spezza
Gemel Smith -- Radek Faksa -- Adam Cracknell
Justin Dowling -- Jason Dickinson -- Brett Ritchie
Dan Hamhuis -- John Klingberg
Esa Lindell -- Julius Honka
Stephen Johns -- Greg Pateryn
Scratched: Patrik Nemeth
Injured: Ales Hemsky (hip), Curtis McKenzie (upper body), Jamie Oleksiak (lower body), Patrick Sharp (hip), Jiri Hudler (lower body), Antoine Roussel (hand), Mattias Janmark (knee)
Hurricanes projected lineup
Sebastian Aho -- Jordan Staal -- Elias Lindholm
Jeff Skinner -- Derek Ryan -- Lee Stempniak
Joakim Nordstrom -- Victor Rask -- Teuvo Teravainen
Brock McGinn -- Lucas Wallmark -- Philip Di Giuseppe
Jaccob Slavin -- Brett Pesce
Noah Hanifin -- Justin Faulk
Klas Dahlbeck -- Matt Tennyson
Injured: Jay McClement (lower body), Ryan Murphy (lower body)
Lack took part in the morning skate and will back up Ward. Lack was stretchered off the ice after sustaining a neck strain on the overtime goal by Detroit Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou on Monday. Lack may start against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, Peters said. … Goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic was re-assigned to Florida of the ECHL.
Skinner has 12 points (nine goals, three assists) in a nine-game point streak. … Lindholm has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in his past 13 games. … Aho has nine points (three goals, six assists) in his past nine games.