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Dallas forward Radulov on eight-game point streak; Luongo in goal for Florida

by Alain Poupart / NHL.com Correspondent

STARS (9-8-0) at PANTHERS (5-9-2)

7:30 p.m. ET; FS-F, FS-SW+, NHL.TV
 


The Game

Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo is expected to make his first start since moving into sole possession of fourth place on the NHL's all-time wins list when he faces the Dallas Stars at BB&T Center on Tuesday.

Luongo passed Curtis Joseph with his 455th victory when the Panthers defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Friday. He needs 29 victories to catch Ed Belfour for third place.

The Stars are coming off a 5-1 loss against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday in the opener of a three-game road trip. The Hurricanes scored four third-period goals to break a 1-1 tie.

 

Players to watch

Stars forward Alexander Radulov's power-play goal Monday extended his point streak to eight games (5-6-11), which is tied with Ottawa Senators forward Mike Hoffman (3-8-11) and Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (2-8-10) for the longest active streak in the League.

Forward Jonathan Huberdeau leads the Panthers with 19 points (five goals, 14 assists), the highest total in their history through the first 16 games.

 

They said it

"This is more the norm right now than it is an accident. This is not an accident. It's a lot easier to play at home than on the road. If we are going to get to another level, we are going to have to play a much firmer game on the road." -- coach Ken Hitchcock on the Stars' 3-6-0 road record
 
"The last two games we played the right way. We played the way (coach Bob Boughner) and the coaches want us to play. When we do that and we continue to do that, we'll be fine." -- Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle


 
Stars projected lineup

Gemel Smith -- Jamie Benn -- Alexander Radulov

Mattias Janmark -- Tyler Seguin -- Devin Shore

Jason Spezza -- Martin Hanzal -- Brett Ritchie

Antoine Roussel -- Radek Faksa -- Tyler Pitlick

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Dan Hamhuis -- Greg Pateryn

Jamie Oleksiak -- Stephen Johns

Kari Lehtonen

Ben Bishop

Scratched: Jason Dickinson, Remi Elie

Injured: Marc Methot (lower body)


 
Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov

Dryden Hunt -- Vincent Trocheck -- Radim Vrbata

Jamie McGinn -- Nick Bjugstad -- Colton Sceviour

Micheal Haley -- Curtis Valk -- Connor Brickley

Keith Yandle -- Aaron Ekblad

Ian McCoshen -- Mark Pysyk

Mike Matheson -- MacKenzie Weegar

Roberto Luongo

James Reimer

Scratched: Alex Petrovic

Injured: Jared McCann (lower body), Derek MacKenzie (lower body)


 
Status report

Pitlick played 9:01 Monday in his return from a two-game absence because of an upper-body injury. The Stars did not have a morning skate. ... Valk, recalled Monday from Springfield of the American Hockey League, will make his NHL debut.


 
Stat pack

Dallas has allowed four or more goals in seven of its nine road games and five goals four times. … Florida allowed six goals in its past three games after giving up 20 the previous three.

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