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Benn out for Dallas; Stone to make Vegas debut

by Danny Webster / Correspondent

STARS (31-26-5) at GOLDEN KNIGHTS (32-26-5)



The Game

Mark Stone will make his debut with the Vegas Golden Knights when they host the Dallas Stars at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday.

Stone was acquired with forward Tobias Lindberg in a trade with the Ottawa Senators on Monday for forward Oscar Lindberg, defenseman prospect Erik Brannstrom and a second-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft to Ottawa. Stone, who has 62 points (28 goals, 34 assists) this season, will be on the second line with Max Pacioretty and Paul Stastny.

Vegas, which has lost 10 of its past 13 games (3-9-1), is six points ahead of the Arizona Coyotes for third place in the Pacific Division.

Captain Jamie Benn (upper body) will not play for the Stars, who hold the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference and lead the Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche by one point.


Players to watch

Stars forward Tyler Seguin has 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in his past 12 games.

Golden Knights forward Mark Stone has 11 points (six goals, five assists) in his past seven games.


They said it

"I think you can. We can, because we did it without him afterwards." -- Stars coach Jim Montgomery on responding after losing forward Mats Zuccarello to a broken arm in his first game after he was acquired in a trade

"I think I had an understanding that it wasn't going to work out in Ottawa a couple of days ago. These guys were at the top of my list; not only the atmosphere, the fans and the city, but the team they have on the ice. I'm excited." -- Golden Knights forward Mark Stone


Stars projected lineup

Roope Hintz -- Tyler Seguin -- Alexander Radulov

Andrew Cogliano -- Radek Faksa -- Blake Comeau

Mattias Janmark -- Jason Spezza -- Denis Gurianov

Valeri Nichushkin -- Jason Dickinson -- Brett Ritchie

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Miro Heiskanen -- Roman Polak

Jamie Oleksiak -- Ben Lovejoy

Ben Bishop

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Julius Honka, Valeri Nichushkin, Taylor Fedun

Injured: Jamie Benn (upper body), Mats Zuccarello (arm), Stephen Johns (upper body), Marc Methot (upper body), Martin Hanzal (back), Tyler Pitlick (upper body)


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty -- Paul Stastny -- Mark Stone

Ryan Carpenter -- Cody Eakin -- Alex Tuch

Tomas Nosek -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Ryan Reaves

Nate Schmidt -- Deryk Engelland

Shea Theodore -- Brayden McNabb

Jon Merrill -- Nick Holden

Marc-Andre Fleury

Malcolm Subban

Scratched: Colin Miller, Valentin Zykov , Brandon Pirri

Injured: Erik Haula (lower body), William Carrier (upper body)


Status report

Zuccarello will miss at least four weeks. … Dallas recalled Gurianov from Texas of the American Hockey League on Monday. … Carpenter (upper body) returns after missing the past eight games. … Pirri will be a healthy scratch.


Stat pack

Radulov has three points (two goals, one assist) in his past two games. … Tuch has three assists in the past 11 games.

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