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Bishop to start in goal for Dallas at beginning of three-game road trip; Carolina changes top power-play unit

by Kurt Dusterberg / Correspondent

STARS (9-7-0) at HURRICANES (6-5-4)



The Game

Goaltender Ben Bishop will start for the Dallas Stars, who begin a three-game road trip against Eastern Conference opponents against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Monday.

Forward Tyler Pitlick is expected to return to the Stars lineup after missing two games because of an upper-body injury. Defenseman Marc Methot will miss a second game because of a lower-body injury.

Carolina will try to bounce back from a 4-3 overtime loss against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, a game they led 3-1 entering the third period.


Players to watch

Stars forward Tyler Seguin has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in the past 12 games.

Hurricanes forward Brock McGinn has four goals during a three-game goal streak, including two against the Blackhawks.


They said it

"We've played some of our best hockey on the road, but we haven't been able to handle the surges. The big thing for us is just to continue to initiate as much as possible. When you're reacting, that's when you get caught up in the surges. We've got wrapped up in some of the track meets that have gone on, and we've paid the price for it." -- Stars coach Ken Hitchcock

"We didn't start very well on the road [4-3 loss at the Stars on Oct. 21]. Our starts have been real good here recently. I thought we started on time both in Columbus and our most recent game against Chicago. Those are the types of starts we like." -- Hurricanes coach Bill Peters


Stars projected lineup

Gemel Smith -- Jamie Benn -- Alexander Radulov

Mattias Janmark -- Tyler Seguin -- Devin Shore

Jason Spezza -- Martin Hanzal -- Remi Elie

Antoine Roussel -- Radek Faksa -- Tyler Pitlick

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Dan Hamhuis -- Greg Pateryn

Jamie Oleksiak - Stephen Johns

Ben Bishop

Kari Lehtonen

Scratched: Jason Dickinson, Brett Richie

Injured: Marc Methot (lower body)


Hurricanes projected lineup

Sebastian Aho -- Jordan Staal -- Teuvo Teravainen

Brock McGinn -- Derek Ryan -- Justin Williams

Jeff Skinner -- Victor Rask -- Elias Lindholm

Joakim Nordstrom -- Marcus Kruger -- Josh Jooris

Jaccob Slavin -- Brett Pesce

Haydn Fleury -- Justin Faulk

Noah Hanifin -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Scott Darling

Cam Ward

Scratched: Phillip Di Giuseppe, Klas Dahlbeck

Injured: Lee Stempniak (upper body)


Status report

Methot skated before Stars practice on Sunday but is not on the road trip. ... With one power-play goal in their past 10 games (1-for-26), the Hurricanes changed their top unit, with McGinn replacing Rask and Slavin taking Hanifin's spot. Stempniak sustained an upper-body injury during the first shift of his conditioning assignment with Charlotte of the American Hockey League on Friday. He has not played an NHL game this season. The Hurricanes recalled forward Di Giuseppe from Charlotte on Sunday but he is not expected to play.


Stat pack

Radulov has 10 points (four goals, six assists) during a seven-game point streak. Bishop is 8-1-1 with a 1.89 goals-against average in 10 games against the Hurricanes. … The Hurricanes have been shorthanded 32 times, the fewest in the NHL.

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