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Dallas forward Cogliano to play 1,000th NHL game; Toronto goalie Andersen back from injury

by Dave McCarthy / Independent Correspondent

STARS (32-19-5) at MAPLE LEAFS (30-19-8)



The Game

Frederik Andersen will return for the Toronto Maple Leafs when they play the Dallas Stars at Scotiabank Arena on Thursday.

The goalie missed four games with a neck injury sustained in a 5-3 loss to the Florida Panthers on Feb. 3.

Toronto is 5-2-1 in its past eight games and two points ahead of the Florida Panthers for third in the Atlantic Division.

Goalie Ben Bishop will start for the Stars, who are 4-1-1 in their past six games after a 1-3-0 skid. They trail the Colorado Avalanche by three points for second in the Central Division.

Dallas forward Andrew Cogliano will play his 1,000th NHL game.


Players to watch

Stars forward Jamie Benn had a hat trick in a 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. He is one goal from 300 in the NHL.

Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman has four points (two goals, two assists) during a three-game point streak and 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in his past 28 games.


They said it

"Luck was on my side. I like to think how I approach the game and wanting to be in the lineup every night, and someone contributes every night, played a role into me getting to 1,000. I've always taken a liking to nutrition and the physical side of the game, so I think all of that combined into one gave me an opportunity to get to this point." -- Stars forward Andrew Cogliano

"I've been feeling good. I've been patient with the injury, and I feel ready to go again. It was a nice little process to make sure we looked at the things we needed to and to get ready to play." -- Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen


Stars projected lineup

Roope Hintz -- Tyler Seguin -- Corey Perry

Jamie Benn -- Jason Dickinson -- Denis Gurianov

Joel Kiviranta -- Mattias Janmark -- Jason Robertson

Andrew Cogliano - Radek Faksa -- Blake Comeau

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Miro Heiskanen -- Stephen Johns

Jamie Oleksiak -- Roman Polak

Ben Bishop

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Taylor Fedun, Andrej Sekera

Injured: Martin Hanzal (back), Joe Pavelski (undisclosed), Alexander Radulov (upper body)


Maple Leafs projected lineup

William Nylander -- Auston Matthews -- Mitchell Marner

Alexander Kerfoot -- John Tavares -- Zach Hyman

Andreas Johnsson -- Jason Spezza -- Kasperi Kapanen

Kyle Clifford -- Pierre Engvall -- Pontus Aberg

Travis Dermott -- Tyson Barrie

Jake Muzzin -- Justin Holl

Rasmus Sandin -- Timothy Liljegren

Frederik Andersen

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Dmytro Timashov, Martin Marincin, Frederik Gauthier

Injured: Ilya Mikheyev (wrist laceration), Morgan Rielly (fractured foot), Cody Ceci (ankle)


Status report

Robertson was recalled from Texas of the American Hockey League after Radulov, a forward, was placed on injured reserve. ... Pavelski is day to day. Stars coach Rick Bowness hopes to have the forward back by the weekend. ... The Maple Leafs are expected to use the same 18 skaters from their 3-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday.


Stat pack

Seguin is without a goal in 17 games since Dec. 28. ... Polak will play his 800th NHL game. ... Tavares has eight points (five goals, three assists) during a five-game point streak.

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