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Preview: Stars at Jets

Forward Jason Spezza remains sidelined for Dallas; defenseman Jacob Trouba not in Winnipeg lineup

by Scott Billeck / NHL.com Correspondent

STARS (4-5-3) at JETS (5-7-1)

8 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-SW+, NHL.TV 

 

Stars team scope

Dallas Stars forward Jason Spezza skated Tuesday but will miss his second straight game with a lower-body injury, meaning Dallas will be without six of its top 12 forwards against the Winnipeg Jets. "He's back on the ice, which is a good sign," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. Defenseman Patrik Nemeth will play his second straight game at forward for Dallas. "It is hard because I never played [forward]," Nemeth said. "I think center is a little more similar to D. At forward, you almost panic because you're used to having everyone in front of you and then all the sudden there are just two guys in front of you, and you panic because you think it's going to be a breakaway." The Stars are 2-for-18 on the power play over their past five games.

 

Jets team scope

Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba took part in Winnipeg's morning skate Tuesday, a day after agreeing to terms on a two-year contract. Trouba will not play against the Stars but hopes to be ready to return later this week. "Whenever they want me to play," Trouba said. "I tried to stay as well prepared as I could. Obviously, I think there's going to be a little bit of an adjustment period to get used to the NHL game and that pace, but whenever they want me to play, I'll give them all I got." Defenseman Tyler Myers will play after missing five games with a lower-body injury. "It's always tough being out," Myers said. "I was really close to the [New York] Rangers game [on Saturday]. I think that extra day [helped] and I got a good skate [Monday] with some of the guys. I'm feeling really good about going tonight." The Jets have been outscored 21-5 in the second period this season. Winnipeg is 0-for-17 on the power play over their past six games. The Jets have allowed three or more goals in 11 of their 13 games this season.  

 

Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Patrick Eaves

Antoine Roussel -- Radek Faksa -- Brett Ritchie  

Curtis McKenzie -- Gemel Smith -- Adam Cracknell  

Lauri Korpikoski -- Devin Shore -- Patrik Nemeth

Johnny Oduya -- Stephen Johns

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Dan Hamhuis -- Jordie Benn  

Kari Lehtonen

Antti Niemi

Scratched: Jason Spezza, Justin Dowling, Jamie Oleksiak

Injured: Jason Spezza (lower body), Jiri Hudler (illness), Patrick Sharp (concussion), Cody Eakin (knee), Mattias Janmark (knee), Ales Hemsky (hip)

 

Jets projected lineup

Patrik Laine -- Mark Scheifele -- Nikolaj Ehlers

Kyle Connor -- Nic Petan -- Blake Wheeler

Brandon Tanev -- Adam Lowry -- Marko Dano

Alexander Burmistrov -- Andrew Copp -- Chris Thorburn

Josh Morrissey -- Dustin Byfuglien

Toby Enstrom -- Tyler Myers

Ben Chiarot -- Paul Postma

Connor Hellebuyck

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Mark Stuart, Jacob Trouba

Injured: Bryan Little (lower body), Drew Stafford (upper body), Tyler Myers (lower body), Shawn Matthias (lower body), Joel Armia (lower body), Mathieu Perreault (upper body), Mark Stuart (lower body)

 

Status report

Stuart skated Tuesday but will not play against the Stars. He has missed four games. Perreault did not take part in the Jets morning skate. He has missed two games. Jets coach Paul Maurice said Matthias and Armia are likely out until late December, if not early January. ... Lehtonen makes his second straight start in goal for the Stars. 

 

Who's hot

Laine is tied for the lead league in goals with eight. Scheifele has two goals and three assists in his past two games. … Seguin has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past three games, and 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 12 games this season.

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