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Stars at Jets preview

Dallas going for fifth consecutive win; Winnipeg has point in four straight

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

STARS (8-8-1) at JETS (9-7-1)

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

 

The Game

The Dallas Stars will try to win their fifth straight game when they play the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Sunday.

Dallas has outscored its opponents 16-6 during the winning streak and is 7-1-0 in its past eight games after starting the season 1-7-1. 

Defenseman Andrej Sekera, who has missed the past four games because of an upper-body injury after he went shoulder-first into the boards against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct. 26, will return to the lineup.

Winnipeg defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Friday and is 3-0-1 in its past four games.

 

Players to watch

Stars forward Joe Pavelski has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past four games. 

Jets forward Kyle Connor has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past four games. 

 

They said it

"We've analyzed the first month and where we can get better, what went wrong and what turned it around, all those things. I thought, honestly, we were so concerned about not getting away from our identity that I was too defensive-minded." -- Stars coach Jim Montgomery

"Any time a Central Division opponent, you play them four or five times, it's important to get off to a fast start against those teams. They've got dangerous players up front. We want to make sure we're playing in the offensive zone and then they can defend us." -- Jets forward Andrew Copp 

 

Stars projected lineup

Denis Gurianov -- Tyler Seguin -- Alexander Radulov

Jamie Benn -- Jason Dickinson -- Joe Pavelski

Andrew Cogliano -- Radek Faksa -- Blake Comeau

Mattias Janmark -- Justin Dowling -- Corey Perry

Esa Lindell -- Andrej Sekera

Jamie Oleksiak -- Miro Heiskanen

Joel Hanley -- Taylor Fedun

Ben Bishop

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Gavin Bayreuther 

Injured: Roope Hintz (lower body), John Klingberg (lower body), Roman Polak (upper body), Stephen Johns (headaches), Martin Hanzal (back)

 

Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Blake Wheeler -- Jack Roslovic

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Mathieu Perreault

Joona Luoto -- David Gustafsson -- Logan Shaw

Josh Morrissey -- Tucker Poolman

Dmitry Kulikov -- Neal Pionk

Nathan Beaulieu -- Luca Sbisa

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Carl Dahlstrom, Anthony Bitetto

Injured: Bryan Little (perforated eardrum, vertigo), Gabriel Bourque (lower body), Mark Letestu (heart), Mason Appleton (foot)

Suspended: Dustin Byfuglien

 

Status report

With Klingberg expected to miss at least two weeks, the Stars recalled Bayreuther from Texas of the American Hockey League on Friday. … Kulikov, Wheeler and Ehlers each didn't practice Saturday but are expected to play. 

 

Stat pack

Radulov, who has six points (four goals, two assists) in the past four games, is expected to play in his 400th NHL game. … Heiskanen is expected to play his 100th NHL game. … Seguin has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past four games. … Laine needs two points for 200 in the NHL. 

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