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Dallas tries to stretch point streak to seven games; Vancouver without injured centers Beagle, Sutter

by Kevin Woodley / Independent Correspondent

STARS (9-8-2) at CANUCKS (10-6-3)

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


The Game 

The Dallas Stars will try to extend their point streak to seven games when they play the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Thursday.

The Stars are 5-0-1 in their past six and 8-1-1 after a 1-7-1 start to the season. They play the second of a back to back coming off a 3-1 win at the Calgary Flames on Wednesday.

Dallas might be without forward Andrew Cogliano, who left the game Wednesday with a lower-body injury. Forward Rhett Gardner was recalled from Texas of the American Hockey League on Thursday.

The Canucks are 1-3-1 in their past five games and without centers Jay Beagle and Brandon Sutter. Beagle will miss his second consecutive game with a lower-body injury. Sutter (groin strain) will be re-evaluated in one week after he was injured early in a 5-3 win against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.


Players to watch

Stars forward Radek Faksa has five points (three goals, two assists) in a four-game point streak.

Canucks center Elias Pettersson has 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in his past 12 games.


They said it

"The biggest thing is guys in here, I've learned they play hard and they've been playing honest hockey, hard hockey, not really cheating the system." -- Stars forward Joe Pavelski 

"It's a dream to play in the NHL, it was a dream to play with him and now it's a lot of fun to play against him. It's a special game every time we play." -- Canucks defenseman Jordie Benn on playing brother and former Stars teammate Jamie Benn


Stars projected lineup

Alexander Radulov -- Jason Dickinson -- Corey Perry

Jamie Benn -- Justin Dowling -- Tyler Seguin

Nick Caamano -- Joe Pavelski -- Denis Gurianov

Rhett Gardner -- Radek Faksa -- Blake Comeau

Esa Lindell -- Andrej Sekera

Jamie Oleksiak -- Miro Heiskanen

Roman Polak -- Taylor Fedun

Anton Khudobin

Ben Bishop

Scratched: Joel Hanley

Injured: Andrew Cogliano (lower body), Roope Hintz (lower body), Mattias Janmark (lower body), John Klingberg (lower body), Stephen Johns (post-traumatic headaches), Martin Hanzal (back)


Canucks projected lineup

Josh Leivo -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser

Tanner Pearson -- Bo Horvat -- Jake Virtanen

Sven Baertschi -- Adam Gaudette -- J.T. Miller

Tim Schaller -- Tyler Graovac -- Loui Eriksson

Alexander Edler -- Tyler Myers

Quinn Hughes -- Christopher Tanev

Jordie Benn -- Troy Stecher

Jacob Markstrom

Thatcher Demko

Scratched: Oscar Fantenberg, Zack MacEwen

Injured: Jay Beagle (lower body), Brandon Sutter (groin strain), Tyler Motte (foot), Antoine Roussel (knee), Micheal Ferland (concussion protocol)


Status report

The Stars did not hold a morning skate. … Polak is expected to return after fracturing his sternum in the first game of the season. 


Stat pack

Jamie Benn hasn't scored in 14 games and doesn't have a point in his past five. … Miller has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his past 11 games.

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