STARS (26-15-4) at AVALANCHE (25-15-5)
9 p.m. ET; ESPN+, ALT, FS-SW+, NHL.TV
John Klingberg will return for the Dallas Stars when they play the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Tuesday.
The defenseman will be paired with Esa Lindell after missing the past four games with a lower-body injury sustained during the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas on Jan. 1. Klingberg has 18 points (two goals, 16 assists) in 34 games while averaging 22:40 of ice time.
Goalie Ben Bishop will start for the Stars, who are 6-1-0 in their past seven games after going 2-3-1 in their previous six. They are 3-0-0 against Colorado this season.
Goalie Philipp Grubauer will start for the Avalanche, who are winless in their past three games (0-2-1) and 3-6-2 in their past 11 after going 9-1-1 in their previous 11. They are 1-4-1 in their past six at home.
Players to watch
Stars center Roope Hintz has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past seven games.
Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past six games.
They said it
"This is a very, very important game. We want to look at it like a playoff game. It's a statement game, a playoff-type game." -- Stars coach Rick Bowness
"This is a big one for sure. We have to find a way to get two points. I have no doubt in my mind that we're going to turn it around. It just takes a commitment from all the guys to do it the right way." -- Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen
Stars projected lineup
Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Alexander Radulov
Denis Gurianov -- Roope Hintz -- Joe Pavelski
Andrew Cogliano -- Jason Dickinson -- Blake Comeau
Mattias Janmark -- Justin Dowling -- Joel Kiviranta
Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg
Jamie Oleksiak -- Miro Heiskanen
Andrej Sekera -- Roman Polak
Scratched: Taylor Fedun
Injured: Radek Faksa (upper body), Martin Hanzal (back), Stephen Johns (head)
Suspended: Corey Perry
Avalanche projected lineup
Gabriel Landeskog -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Mikko Rantanen
Andre Burakovsky -- Nazem Kadri -- Valeri Nichushkin
Matt Nieto -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Matt Calvert
Vladislav Kamenev -- J.T. Compher -- Tyson Jost
Ryan Graves -- Cale Makar
Samuel Girard -- Erik Johnson
Ian Cole -- Nikita Zadorov
Scratched: Mark Barberio
Injured: Joonas Donskoi (concussion protocol), Colin Wilson (lower body)
Perry will complete his five-game suspension from the NHL Department of Player Safety after the forward elbowed Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis on Jan. 1. … Donskoi, who has been playing right wing on the top line, skated for the third straight day and might be cleared to take part in a full contact practice Wednesday. He was injured against the New York Rangers on Jan. 7.
Lindell has eight assists in his past six games. … Benn needs one assist to tie Brian Bellows (380) for fourth place in Dallas/Minnesota North Stars history. … Girard has 11 assists in his past six games.