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Vancouver goes for fifth straight win without Boeser; Bishop back in goal for Dallas

by Kevin Woodley / Correspondent

STARS (6-5-0) at CANUCKS (6-3-1)

10 p.m. ET; SNP, FS-SW+, NHL.TV


The Game

The Vancouver Canucks will go for their fifth straight win when they play the Dallas Stars at Rogers Arena on Monday.

It would be Vancouver's longest streak since they won six in a row from Dec. 28 to Jan. 6 last season.

The Canucks won't have rookie right wing Brock Boeser in the lineup because of a foot contusion. The injury occurred when he blocked a shot during a 6-2 win against the Washington Capitals. Boeser leads the Canucks with nine points (two goals, seven assists) in eight games.

Ben Bishop will be back in goal for the Dallas Stars against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Monday after giving up 15 goals in his past four games. Kari Lehtonen had 29 saves in a 2-1 win against the Calgary Flames on Friday.

Video: DAL@EDM: Bishop makes solid pad save to rob Slepyshev


Players to watch

Stars forward Alexander Radulov has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past two games, including the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win against the Calgary Flames on Friday.

Jacob Markstrom will start in goal for the Canucks after Anders Nilsson won the past two games. Markstrom has won his past two games, allowing a total of three goals on 43 shots against the Buffalo Sabres on Oct. 20 and Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 22.

Video: DAL@CGY: Radulov buries PPG to put the Stars ahead


They said it

"We've had three setbacks this year, not including training camp, so it's been a tough go for him. But we decided unless we can get sustained work in practice and extra skates in, we're just going to hold him out and bite the bullet until he is 100 percent." -- Stars coach Ken Hitchcock on center Martin Hanzal, who will miss his first game of the season because of a lower-body injury

"It's in a spot where we just have to wait it out. I don't expect it to be more than a day or two." -- Canucks coach Travis Green on forward Brock Boeser's foot contusion


Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Alexander Radulov

Antoine Roussel -- Jason Spezza -- Brett Ritchie

Mattias Janmark -- Devin Shore -- Remi Elie

Gemel Smith -- Radek Faksa -- Tyler Pitlick

Marc Methot -- John Klingberg

Dan Hamhuis -- Greg Pateryn

Jamie Oleksiak -- Esa Lindell

Ben Bishop

Kari Lehtonen

Scratched: Julius Honka

Injured: Martin Hanzal (lower body), Stephen Johns (concussion)


Canucks projected lineup

Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat -- Sam Gagner

Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Jake Virtanen

Thomas Vanek -- Alexander Burmistrov -- Jayson Megna

Markus Granlund -- Brandon Sutter -- Derek Dorsett

Ben Hutton -- Christopher Tanev

Michael Del Zotto -- Erik Gudbranson

Derrick Pouliot -- Alex Biega

Jacob Markstrom

Anders Nilsson

Scratched: Patrick Wiercioch, Anton Rodin

Injured: Brock Boeser (foot), Alexander Edler (knee), Loui Eriksson (knee), Troy Stecher (knee)


Status report

Johns is skating and could play against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday if he gets medical clearance. … The Canucks called up Megna and Rodin from Utica of the American Hockey League. Megna likely will play because Green prefers his speed against the Stars.


Stat pack

The Stars are No. 2 in the NHL on the penalty kill at 92.1 percent; last season they were 30th at 73.4 percent, the worst in the League since the 1994-95 season. … The Canucks have allowed five goals during their winning streak; in the game before the streak started they lost 6-3 against the Boston Bruins.

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