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Nashville goes for team-record ninth straight win; Lehtonen in goal for Dallas

by Robby Stanley / Correspondent

STARS (37-23-6) at PREDATORS (42-14-9)

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


The Game

The Nashville Predators will try for a team-record ninth consecutive game when they play the Dallas Stars at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.

The Predators have won eight in a row, tying the record they set from Oct. 5-25, 2005. Nashville is in first place in the Western Conference, four points ahead of the Vegas Golden Knights, and the Predators are six points ahead of the Winnipeg Jets for first place in the Central Division.

Predators forward Mike Fisher is expected to play his first home game this season. Fisher, who ended his retirement last week, scored a goal Friday in his season debut, a 4-3 win at the Vancouver Canucks.

The Stars will play the second game of a back-to-back set after losing 3-2 in overtime to the Ottawa Senators on Monday. Goaltender Ben Bishop left that game because of a lower-body injury, and coach Ken Hitchcock said he won't play against the Predators or on Friday against the Anaheim Ducks.


Players to watch

Stars forward Tyler Seguin has 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in his past six games.

Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson has two goals and five assists during a four-game point streak.


They said it

"We know what the opponent is, and we've got to find a way to get more points. We've got to move on quickly from this. It's disappointing with some of the guys I'm sure and disappointing with us at time and still to come back and get the point late, we're not giving up on anything." -- Stars coach Ken Hitchcock after the overtime loss to Ottawa

"I'm looking forward to it. We all know how fun it is to play in the building. Just thinking about it gets me excited, and I'm sure there will be some emotions too from this building. It's just going to be a fun night." -- Predators forward Mike Fisher on his first game back in Nashville


Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Brett Ritchie

Devin Shore -- Mattias Janmark -- Alexander Radulov

Antoine Roussel -- Jason Spezza -- Tyler Pitlick

Gemel Smith -- Jason Dickinson -- Remi Elie

Marc Methot -- John Klingberg

Dan Hamhuis -- Greg Pateryn

Stephen Johns -- Julius Honka

Kari Lehtonen

Mike McKenna

Scratched: Roope Hintz

Injured: Ben Bishop (lower body), Martin Hanzal (back), Radek Faksa (foot), Esa Lindell (illness)


Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Kevin Fiala -- Mike Fisher -- Craig Smith

Scott Hartnell -- Nick Bonino -- Calle Jarnkrok

Ryan Hartman -- Colton Sissons -- Austin Watson

Mattias Ekholm -- Ryan Ellis

Alexei Emelin -- P.K. Subban

Matt Irwin -- Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Kyle Turris, Anthony Bitetto, Miikka Salomaki

Injured: Roman Josi (upper body)


Status report

The Stars did not hold a morning skate. … Turris participated in Nashville's morning skate but did not take line rushes.


Stat pack

Benn has 33 points (13 goals, 20 assists) in 36 games against the Predators. … Fisher has 16 points (10 goals, six assists) in 33 games against the Stars.

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