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Preview: Stars at Canadiens

Jamie Benn of Dallas, Jordie Benn of Montreal to face each other for first time

by Sean Farrell / Correspondent

STARS (31-33-11) at CANADIENS (42-24-9)

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


Stars team scope

The Dallas Stars will be playing for pride Tuesday after they were eliminated from contention for a berth in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs when the St. Louis Blues defeated the Arizona Coyotes on Monday. "We kind of know where we're at, so it isn't a sudden blow or anything like that," center Jason Spezza said. "It's been a disappointing year, it's been a frustrating year, it's been a year that we're definitely not proud of." Center Jamie Benn agreed. "We haven't played up to par this year with the group that we have in here," the Dallas captain said. "It's unacceptable that we didn't make the playoffs this year, and especially that we couldn't build off a good year last year." Benn will face his older brother, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jordie Benn, for the first time since the Stars traded the elder Benn on Feb. 27. "I think it'll really be different," coach Lindy Ruff said. "I know they're really good friends. … I think it might be a little emotional for both of them." Defenseman Greg Pateryn will face Montreal for the first time since he was traded to Dallas along with a fourth-round draft pick for Jordie Benn. "Obviously I knew when we were coming here and everything, but we had a lot of games before this, so that was something I was focusing on more," Pateryn said. Dallas is 3-0-1 in its past four games following a 2-1 overtime win at the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.


Canadiens team scope

Goaltender Carey Price will start for the Canadiens, who hold a three-point lead on the Ottawa Senators for first place in the Atlantic Division; the Senators, who play at the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, have one game in hand. Price is 9-2-0 with 17 goals allowed and one shutout in his past 11 starts. Backup Al Montoya originally was scheduled to start but sustained a lower-body injury during the morning skate in Brossard, Quebec. The Canadiens are 10-3-1 in their past 14 games and 11-5-1 since Claude Julien replaced Michel Therrien as coach on Feb. 14. Center Steve Ott will return to face his former team after being a healthy scratch the past two games and three of the past four. Ott played his first nine seasons for Dallas from 2002-03 to 2011-12 and faced the Stars in the 2016 playoffs with the Blues, who eliminated them with a seven-game win in their Western Conference Second Round series. "They came off a big win in New Jersey and obviously they've got a lot of firepower," Ott said. "It's an underachieving team but it's a team that I saw firsthand … you know you can't take them lightly. They've got a lot of young guys coming up right now that are trying to earn spots and you've got veteran guys that are trying to stick to their spots, so you add that formula and you know they're going to play their hearts out."


Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Cody Eakin -- Ales Hemsky

Remi Elie -- Tyler Seguin -- Brett Ritchie

Curtis McKenzie -- Adam Cracknell -- Jason Spezza

Jason Dickinson -- Radek Faksa -- Devin Shore

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Dan Hamhuis -- Stephen Johns

Patrik Nemeth -- Greg Pateryn

Kari Lehtonen

Antti Niemi

Scratched: Jamie Oleksiak

Injured: Patrick Sharp (hip), Jiri Hudler (lower body), Antoine Roussel (hand), Mattias Janmark (knee)


Canadiens projected lineup

Max Pacioretty -- Phillip Danault -- Alexander Radulov

Paul Byron -- Tomas Plekanec -- Brendan Gallagher

Alex Galchenyuk -- Andrew Shaw -- Artturi Lehkonen

Dwight King -- Steve Ott -- Torrey Mitchell

Andrei Markov -- Shea Weber

Alexei Emelin -- Jeff Petry

Nathan Beaulieu -- Jordie Benn

Carey Price

Zachary Fucale

Scratched: Andreas Martinsen, Michael McCarron, Brian Flynn, Brandon Davidson, Nikita Nesterov

Injured: Al Montoya (lower body)


Status report

The Canadiens recalled Fucale from Brampton of the ECHL on an emergency basis after Montoya's injury. 


Who's hot

Spezza has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in his past 11 games. … Jamie Benn (one goal, three assists) and Hemsky (three goals, one assist) each have four points in a three-game point streak. … Byron has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past seven games. … Markov has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past five games.

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