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Second Round

Stars to break up top line against Blues in Game 4

Benn, Radulov separated from Seguin as Dallas tries to tie second-round series

by Jeff Miller / Correspondent

DALLAS -- Jim Montgomery will juggle the Dallas Stars' top two lines for Game 4 of Western Conference Second Round against the St. Louis Blues at American Airlines Center on Wednesday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS), spreading out Dallas' top three scorers, center Tyler Seguin and forwards Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov.

The Stars coach will have Seguin centering the first line with Jason Dickinson at left wing and Mats Zuccarello at right wing; the second line will consist of Benn, rookie center Roope Hintz and Radulov. Previously, Dickinson, Hintz and Zuccarello comprised the second line.

The Blues lead the best-of-7 series 2-1.


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"Both lines haven't been possessing the puck enough," Montgomery said. "Let's change up the lineup and see if we can generate more offense and more possession time."

Benn is the Stars' leading scorer in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with eight points (two goals, six assists) in nine games. Seguin, Dallas' regular-season scoring leader with 80 points (33 goals, 47 assists) in 82 games, has seven points (three goals, four assists). Radulov also has seven points (five goals, two assists).

Each has scored one goal in the series.

"For us, it doesn't matter who you play with on this team," said Zuccarello, acquired in a trade with the New York Rangers on Feb. 23. "I think there's four good lines; you can play with everyone. Obviously Seguin's a top player and a good finisher. I mean, I'm not a goal scorer so we're going to try and get him the puck."

Montgomery also will make one change on defense; Joel Hanley, who spent most of the season with Texas of the American Hockey League and hasn't played for Dallas since Dec. 18, will replace Taylor Fedun on the third pair. Jamie Oleksiak, who replaced Fedun three games into the Western Conference First Round against the Nashville Predators, remains out with a lower-body injury. 

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