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Khudobin in goal for Dallas; Athanasiou game-time decision for Detroit

by Dave Hogg / Independent Correspondent

STARS (0-2-0) at RED WINGS (1-0-0)

7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-D, FS-SW, NHL.TV


The Game

The Detroit Red Wings will try to open the season with back-to-back wins when they play their home opener against the Dallas Stars at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday.

Tyler Bertuzzi had an NHL career-high four points (two goals, two assists) as Detroit won 5-3 against the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Detroit's top line -- Bertuzzi, Anthony Mantha and Dylan Larkin -- combined for four goals in the absence of forward Andreas Athanasiou, who did not play because of a lower-body injury. Athanasiou will be a game-time decision on Sunday.

Dallas has scored three goals in two losses to last year's Stanley Cup finalists, the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues, to start the season. The Stars top four forwards -- Joe Pavelski, Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov -- have combined for one assist in two games.

Goalie Anton Khudobin will make his first start of the season for Dallas.


Players to watch

Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha had a goal and two assists against Nashville, and has four points (three goals, one assist) in five games against the Stars. 

Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen has one goal and is tied for the team lead with eight shots on goal in two games. He is averaging 24:35 per game, the highest ice time on the Stars.


They said it

"We are not generating enough scoring chances. For the talent that [Pavelski, Benn, Seguin and Radulov] possess, there should be more momentum being built, I feel. But we win as a team and we lose as a team, and right now we're losing as a team." -- Stars coach Jim Montgomery on the struggles of his top scorers

"[Larkin] kind of drives the line with his energy. [Bertuzzi] is greasy, skilled, smart and [Mantha has] got that great skilled package. They've been a really good line together; they enjoy playing together and we're going to need them to be great." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill on the No. 1 line


Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Denis Gurianov -- Tyler Seguin

Joe Pavelski -- Roope Hintz -- Alexander Radulov

Mattias Janmark -- Justin Dowling -- Radek Faksa

Andrew Cogliano -- Rhett Gardner -- Nick Caamano

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Miro Heiskanen -- Andrej Sekera

Jamie Oleksiak -- Taylor Fedun

Anton Khudobin

Ben Bishop

Scratched: Joel Hanley, Joel L'Esperance

Injured: Jason Dickinson (upper body), Blake Comeau (lower body), Roman Polak (upper body), Stephen Johns (post-traumatic headaches), Martin Hanzal (back)


Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Anthony Mantha

Luke Glendening -- Valtteri Filppula -- Taro Hirose

Adam Erne -- Frans Nielsen -- Christoffer Ehn

Darren Helm -- Jacob de la Rose -- Justin Abdelkader

Patrik Nemeth -- Mike Green

Danny DeKeyser -- Filip Hronek

Dennis Cholowski -- Trevor Daley

Jonathan Bernier

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Madison Bowey

Injured: Jonathan Ericsson (undisclosed), Andreas Athanasiou (lower body)


Status report 

Neither team skated Sunday morning after each played Saturday night. ... Montgomery juggled his lines during the loss to St. Louis, moving Gurianov onto a line with Benn and Seguin. … Helm played on the third line for Detroit with Filppula moving onto the second line with Glendening and Hirose.


Stat pack

Janmark has two points (one goal, one assist), the only Stars player with more than one point. … Glendening had two points (one goal, one assist) against the Predators, including the game-winning goal at 9:24 of the third period.

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