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Preview: Stars at Red Wings

Tomas Jurco to make season debut for Detroit; Dallas aiming for more success in overtime

by Dave Hogg / Correspondent

STARS (9-8-6) at RED WINGS (10-10-2)

7:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, FS-D, NHL.TV


Stars team scope

The Dallas Stars make their final regular-season visit to Joe Louis Arena, following their 4-3 overtime loss against the St. Louis Blues on Monday. Dallas is 1-6 in overtime games this season. "We got a point, and that's a positive, but overtime is killing us right now," Stars captain Jamie Benn said Tuesday. Goaltender Antti Niemi is 6-1-2 with a .940 save percentage in his past nine games against the Detroit Red Wings, but because he played Monday in St. Louis, Kari Lehtonen is likely to start. Lehtonen is 4-6-3 with a 3.38 goals-against average and .884 save percentage this season. Defensemen Dan Hamhuis and Stephen Johns were healthy scratches at St. Louis, and could move back into the lineup. The Stars are 23-41-5 all-time at Detroit. 


Red Wings team scope

Red Wings forward Tomas Jurco, who has not played this season because of a back injury, will be in the lineup Tuesday. "I'm excited, because it has been way too long since I've been out there," Jurco said. "I just want to create some speed and make plays." Defenseman Brendan Smith (lower body) and forward Tyler Bertuzzi (ankle) each were placed on injured reserve after Detroit's 2-1 loss against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, each is expected to miss about four weeks. "I can't take any time to worry about how many players we have out right now," coach Jeff Blashill said. "I have to focus on winning games with the 20 guys we have in the lineup." 

Stars projected lineup

Antoine Roussel -- Tyler Seguin -- Patrick Eaves

Jamie Benn -- Radek Faksa -- Brett Ritchie

Adam Cracknell -- Jason Spezza -- Lauri Korpikoski

Devin Shore -- Cody Eakin -- Patrick Sharp

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Jamie Oleksiak -- Jordie Benn

Patrik Nemeth -- Julius Honka

Kari Lehtonen

Antti Niemi

Scratched: Dan Hamhuis, Curtis McKenzie, Stephen Johns

Injured: Mattias Janmark (knee), Ales Hemsky (hip), Jiri Hudler (illness), Johnny Oduya (lower body)


Red Wings projected lineup

Anthony Mantha -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Tomas Tatar

Gustav Nyquist -- Dylan Larkin -- Thomas Vanek

Luke Glendening -- Frans Nielsen -- Justin Abdelkader

Tomas Jurco -- Riley Sheahan -- Steve Ott

Danny DeKeyser -- Mike Green

Jonathan Ericsson -- Ryan Sproul

Niklas Kronwall -- Xavier Ouellet

Petr Mrazek

Jared Coreau

Scratched: Drew Miller

Injured: Darren Helm (upper body), Andreas Athanasiou (lower body), Jimmy Howard (groin), Brendan Smith (lower body), Tyler Bertuzzi (ankle), Alexey Marchenko (upper body)


Status report 

Dallas did not conduct a morning skate Tuesday after traveling from St. Louis. … Kronwall returns to the lineup after sitting out the loss against Montreal. "Nik never wants to miss a game, but he knows we have to be careful with his knee," Blashill said. With Smith out, Kronwall will play with Ouellet. … Jurco will play on Detroit's fourth line with Sheahan and Ott, who moves back into the lineup in place of Miller. 


Who's hot

Jamie Benn had a goal and two assists against St. Louis and has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past five games. Oleksiak has three goals and an assists in his past four games. … Nielsen has two goals and two assists in his past two games. … Abdelkader has a goal and two assists in his past two games after having one assist in his past seven games.

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