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Hellebuyck gets start for Winnipeg; Dallas tries for third straight win

by Scott Billeck / NHL.com Correspondent

STARS (7-5-0) at JETS (6-3-2)

8 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-SW, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck will make his eighth start in the past 10 games for the Winnipeg Jets when they host the Dallas Stars at Bell MTS Place on Thursday.

Hellebuyck (6-0-1) is the winningest goalie without a regulation loss in the NHL this season. He has a 1.91 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage. The Jets are on a two-game winning streak and are 6-1-2 in their past nine games.

Dallas forward Martin Hanzal will miss his second straight game with a lower-body injury, but defenseman Stephen Johns will play after missing three games because of a concussion. Goaltender Ben Bishop will make his 11th start. He is 6-2-0 with a 2.51 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage.

 

Players to watch

Dallas forward Alexander Radulov has six points (three goals, three assists) during a three-game point streak. He scored the winning goal in each of the Stars' past two games.

Jets forward Blake Wheeler has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past five games, including a natural hat trick in a 7-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.

 

They said it

"It's a crazy road trip, it's been a lot of fun. We've had great team bonding, but we have a job to do tonight and that's trying to get two points and then get home and get some rest." -- Stars forward Jamie Benn on the final stop of a five-game road trip

"I feel like I can't do many positive things on the ice. Right now, I'm struggling. But it doesn't matter. The team is winning, so that's always good. But it would be nice to be able to help the team to win sometimes, because I haven't done that. But the team is the most important thing." -- Jets forward Patrik Laine

 

Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Alexander Radulov

Mattias Janmark -- Jason Dickinson -- Jason Spezza

Antoine Roussel -- Radek Faksa -- Tyler Pitlick

Remi Elie -- Devin Shore -- Gemel Smith

Marc Methot -- John Klingberg

Dan Hamhuis -- Greg Pateryn

Stephen Johns -- Esa Lindell

Ben Bishop

Kari Lehtonen

Scratched: Jamie Oleksiak, Brett Ritchie

Injured: Martin Hanzal (lower body)

 

Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Bryan Little -- Patrik Laine

Brandon Tanev -- Andrew Copp -- Shawn Matthias

Brendan Lemieux -- Matt Hendricks - Joel Armia

Josh Morrissey -- Jacob Trouba

Toby Enstrom - Dustin Byfuglien

Dmitry Kulikov -- Tyler Myers

Connor Hellebuyck

Steve Mason

Scratched: Marko Dano, Ben Chiarot

Injured: Adam Lowry (upper body), Mathieu Perreault (lower body)

 

Status report

Dickinson was recalled from Texas of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. … Lowry has resumed practicing and could return against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. Perreault skated on his own Wednesday and will do so for the next several days.

 

Stat pack

Benn has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in the past six games. Seguin has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past eight games. … Winnipeg has won the past four games between the teams. Scheifele has four points (one goal, three assists) in his past two games.

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