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Win would put Dallas coach Hitchcock alone in third on all-time list; Josi could miss game for Nashville

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

STARS (1-2-0) at PREDATORS (1-2-0)

8 p.m. ET; FS-SW, FS-TN, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Dallas Stars coach Ken Hitchcock will pass Al Arbour for third place on the NHL all-time wins list with a victory against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday.

Hitchcock's 783rd win would leave him behind Scotty Bowman (1,244) and Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville (854).

Predators defenseman Roman Josi and forward Colton Sissons each could miss their second consecutive game because of lower-body injuries. Sissons did not take part in line rushes at the morning skate and Josi was paired with Anthony Bitetto, who was a healthy scratch for a 6-5 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.

Josi said he was injured during a 4-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct. 7.

Stars defenseman Dan Hamhuis (groin) will miss his second straight game.

 

Players to watch

Defenseman John Klingberg leads the Stars with four points (two goals, two assists) and average ice time per game (25:24).

Predators forward Filip Forsberg has four points (three goals, one assist), including two third-period goals against the Flyers.

 

They said it

"We've just got to keep going, keep working hard together. Play hard as a team and make sure the team who's playing against us, they feel that. It's hard to play against. That's the No. 1 priority." -- Stars forward Alexander Radulov

"Every injury is serious I guess, but you just want to be careful. You want to make sure you're 100 percent. You don't want to come back too soon, so you've just got to make sure you're 100 percent and be healthy when you play." -- Predators defenseman Roman Josi on if he expects to miss significant time

 

Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Alexander Radulov

Remi Elie -- Jason Spezza -- Brett Ritchie

Mattias Janmark -- Martin Hanzal -- Devin Shore

Antoine Roussel -- Radek Faksa -- Tyler Pitlick

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Marc Methot -- Stephen Johns

Jamie Oleksiak -- Julius Honka

Ben Bishop

Kari Lehtonen

Scratched: Greg Pateryn, Gemel Smith

Injured: Dan Hamhuis (groin)

 

Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Scott Hartnell -- Nick Bonino -- Pontus Aberg

Craig Smith -- Calle Jarnkrok -- Kevin Fiala

Cody McLeod -- Austin Watson -- Miikka Salomaki

Alexei Emelin -- P.K. Subban

Mattias Ekholm -- Samuel Girard

Matt Irwin -- Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Anthony Bitetto

Injured: Ryan Ellis (knee), Roman Josi (lower body), Colton Sissons (lower body)

 

Status report

The Predators put Forsberg, Johansen and Arvidsson back together on a line at the morning skate after they were separated Tuesday.

 

Stat pack

Seguin has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 19 career games against the Predators, but his minus-11 rating is his worst against any NHL team. … Forsberg has 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 15 career games against the Stars.

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