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Preview: Stars at Kings

Dallas remains without forward Jamie Benn, looks for rare road win

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

STARS (16-16-8) at KINGS (20-16-4)

10:30 p.m. ET; SN, FS-W, FS-SW+, NHL.TV

 
Stars team scope

Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn took part in the morning skate but won't play. He's missed the past two games with a foot injury. The Stars are on a three-game losing streak (0-2-1) and are 5-10-4 on the road this season. Their road trip started with a 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday. Mechanical issues with their plane delayed their arrival to Los Angeles on Sunday night. "I think it forces us to kind of get into 'must win' mode from this point forward, so it could be something really positive for us," forward Jason Spezza told the Stars website about their recent struggles. "Obviously, we're not happy where we are in the standings, but it is the reality of where we are at, and now we have an opportunity still with 41 games left to [move up the standings]." The game in St. Louis was the first of a three-game road trip, and Dallas will play five of its next seven games on the road.

 

Kings team scope

The Los Angeles Kings are 8-1 in games decided in overtime this season, including a 4-3 victory against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. The Kings trailed 2-0, making it the first time they rallied from down multiple goals to win this season. "We're a good team when we play the right way, and when we don't, we're not that good," defenseman Jake Muzzin said after the game. "We got our act together in between periods, and we came out with the right attitude in the second, and it showed." Left wing Tanner Pearson has two goals in overtime this season and has four overtime goals in his NHL career. Center Jeff Carter leads the Kings in goals (22) and points (36), and his seven game-winning goals lead the League. The Kings are 12-5-1 at home this season.

 

Stars projected lineup

Jiri Hudler -- Jason Spezza -- Tyler Seguin

Antoine Roussel -- Cody Eakin -- Patrick Eaves

Devin Shore -- Radek Faksa -- Patrick Sharp

Lauri Korpikoski -- Adam Cracknell -- Brett Ritchie

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Johnny Oduya -- Jordie Benn

Dan Hamhuis -- Jamie Oleksiak

Kari Lehtonen

Antti Niemi

Scratched:  Curtis McKenzie, Stephen Johns

Injured: Jamie Benn (foot), Mattias Janmark (knee), Ales Hemsky (hip)

 

Kings projected lineup

Marian Gaborik -- Anze Kopitar -- Trevor Lewis

Tanner Pearson -- Jeff Carter -- Dustin Brown

Kyle Clifford -- Nic Dowd -- Devin Setoguchi

Dwight King -- Nick Shore -- Jordan Nolan

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin -- Alec Martinez

Brayden McNabb -- Matt Greene

Peter Budaj

Jeff Zatkoff

Scratched: Andy Andreoff, Tom Gilbert, Kevin Gravel

Injured: Jonathan Quick (lower body), Tyler Toffoli (lower body)

 

Status report

Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said Benn may play Tuesday at the Anaheim Ducks. ... There was no update from the Kings on the status of Toffoli, who has been out of the lineup since Dec. 20. ... This will be the 800th NHL game for Kopitar.

 

Who's hot

Seguin was kept off the score sheet Saturday, ending a five-game point streak (four goals, three assists). ... Spezza has two goals and nine points in his past seven games. ... Budaj is 3-0-0 in his past three starts and has a goals-against average of 1.42 and a save percentage of .948 with two shutouts in his past nine appearances. 

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