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Tampa Bay aims to extend point streak to eight games; Dallas on 6-1-1 run

by Corey Long / Correspondent

STARS (29-22-5) at LIGHTNING (42-11-4)

7:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SN1, SNE, SNP, SUN, FS-SW


The Game

The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to extend their point streak to eight games when they play the Dallas Stars at Amalie Arena on Thursday.

The Lightning have won three in a row, are 5-0-2 in their past seven games and lead the NHL with 88 points. They've scored at least five goals in each of their past three games, including a 6-3 win against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.

The Stars are 6-1-1 in their past eight games and third in the Central Division, two points ahead of the St. Louis Blues.


Players to watch

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

Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past two games.


They said it

"[The Lightning] are an elite team and have some elite talent over there, so we really have to be at the top of our game and come prepared." -- Stars captain Jamie Benn

"The one thing [Stars coach Jim] Montgomery has instilled to them is a defensive mindset. We were fortunate we didn't give up any goals last time we played them, but we had to grind … we ended up getting two." -- Lightning coach Jon Cooper


Stars projected lineup

Roope Hintz -- Tyler Seguin -- Alexander Radulov

Jamie Benn -- Jason Dickinson -- Blake Comeau

Andrew Cogliano -- Jason Spezza -- Brett Ritchie

Mattias Janmark -- Radek Faksa -- Denis Gurianov

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Miro Heiskanen -- Roman Polak

Jamie Oleksiak -- Taylor Fedun

Anton Khudobin

Landon Bow

Injured: Stephen Johns (upper body), Marc Methot (lower body), Martin Hanzal (back), Tyler Pitlick (upper body), Ben Bishop (upper body)

Scratched: Connor Carrick, Julius Honka, Valeri Nichushkin


Lightning projected lineup

Ondrej Palat -- Steven Stamkos -- Tyler Johnson

Yanni Gourde -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn -- Anthony Cirelli -- J.T. Miller

Mathieu Joseph -- Cedric Paquette -- Adam Erne

Victor Hedman -- Dan Girardi

Ryan McDonagh -- Anton Stralman

Braydon Coburn -- Mikhail Sergachev

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Louis Domingue

Scratched: Danick Martel, Ryan Callahan

Injured: Erik Cernak (lower body)


Status report

Bishop practiced Wednesday but will not play. … Palat took part in an optional morning skate and is possible to return after missing two games with an upper-body injury… Cernak was also on the ice and might return against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. … Joseph was recalled from Syracuse of the American Hockey League one day after he was sent down.


Stat pack

Radulov has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past five games. … Point has six points (two goals, four assists) during a three-game point streak.

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