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Dallas has lost four of past six games; New Jersey 1-3-1 in previous five

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

STARS (28-18-4) AT DEVILS (18-24-8)

7 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-SW+, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Dallas Stars will look to gain ground in the Central Division with a victory against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Saturday.

The Stars, who lost 5-3 to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday and are 2-4-0 in their past six games. They trail the Colorado Avalanche by two points for second place in the division.

The Devils, last in the Metropolitan Division, lost 6-5 in a shootout to the Nashville Predators on Thursday. They are 1-3-1 in their past five games and 3-5-2 in their previous 10. Goalie Louis Domingue will make his first start since Jan. 14.

 

Players to watch

Stars goalie Ben Bishop is 5-2-0 with a 2.22 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in his past eight games (seven starts).

Devils center Nico Hischier has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in his past 14 games.

 

They said it

"I think we have to a lot more to give. We've done a good job of staying in the pack, but do we want to push ahead or stay in it. We have to hit that next gear, try to move ourselves away from the pack and have it on cruise control going into the playoffs instead of fighting for our lives." -- Stars goalie Ben Bishop

"They have a special bond. I've played with a few of them, some of them Hall of Famers, and guys I looked up too and helped me throughout my career. Winning the Stanley Cup is what you work towards and want to be a part of and for them to accomplish that goal is really special." -- Devils center Travis Zajac on the players, coaches and management from the 2000 Stanley Cup championship team, who will be honored before the game

 

Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Alexander Radulov

Denis Gurianov -- Jason Dickinson -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Radek Faksa -- Blake Comeau

Mattias Janmark -- Joe Pavelski -- Joel Kiviranta

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Miro Heiskanen -- Stephen Johns

Jamie Oleksiak -- Roman Polak

Ben Bishop

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Taylor Fedun, Andrej Sekera

Injured: Roope Hintz (upper body), Justin Dowling (lower body)

 

Devils projected lineup

Jesper Bratt -- Nico Hischier -- Kyle Palmieri

Blake Coleman -- Travis Zajac -- Nikita Gusev

Pavel Zacha -- Jack Hughes -- Wayne Simmonds

Miles Wood -- Kevin Rooney -- John Hayden

Andy Greene -- P.K. Subban

Damon Severson -- Sami Vatanen

Will Butcher -- Connor Carrick

Louis Domingue

Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratched: Mirco Mueller

Injured: Ben Street (upper body)

 

Status report

The Stars recalled Kiviranta from the Texas of the American Hockey League on Friday and placed center Dowling on injured reserve, retroactive to Jan. 29. ... Hintz could return to the lineup on Monday at the New York Rangers.

 

Stat pack

Pavelski has eight points (five goals, three assists) in a seven-game point streak against the Devils. ... Gusev has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past eight games. Palmieri has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past five games.

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