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Lehtonen to start for Dallas, which has lost three straight; Edmonton begins five-game trip

by Sean Shapiro / Correspondent

OILERS (7-10-2) at STARS (9-9-1)

2 p.m. ET; FS-SW, SNW, NHL.TV 

The Game 

The Dallas Stars will try to end a three-game losing streak when they face the Edmonton Oilers at American Airlines Center on Saturday.

Backup goalie Kari Lehtonen is expected to start for Dallas. Starter Ben Bishop allowed six goals on 28 shots in a 6-1 loss at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday that ended an 0-2-1 road trip for the Stars.

The Edmonton Oilers, coming off a 4-1 home loss to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday, are playing the first of five straight games on the road. They went 2-1-1 on their most recent trip Nov. 7-12, and seven of their eight road games have been decided by a point (they are 3-3-2).

Players to watch

Stars forward Alexander Radulov had a nine-game point streak end Thursday. He has 11 points in 11 games against Edmonton.

Oilers forward Ryan Strome has a three-game point streak after scoring Thursday. 

They said it

"We know the weapons that they have on that team and the style of game that they play, so we've got to be prepared. They're going to be ready to go right from the start. We need to match their intensity right from the get-go." -- Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on the Stars

"I think we're still in the discovery phase of how we're going to play how [coach Ken Hitchcock] wants us to play and have confidence to execute it the whole game. And be able to stick with it and be more predictable with our play. … I think we need to learn to play [to] the score a little bit, [but] we've got a lot of young guys, and that comes with experience." -- Stars forward Jason Spezza

Oilers projected lineup

Patrick Maroon -- Connor McDavid -- Leon Draisaitl

Milan Lucic -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Jesse Puljujarvi

Michael Cammalleri -- Ryan Strome -- Iiro Pakarinen

Drake Caggiula -- Mark Letestu -- Zack Kassian

Darnell Nurse -- Adam Larsson

Oscar Klefbom -- Matt Benning

Kris Russell -- Yohann Auvitu

Cam Talbot

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Eric Gryba, Brad Malone

Injured: Andrej Sekera (knee), Anton Slepyshev (groin), Jujhar Khaira (upper body)


Stars projected lineup

Gemel Smith -- Jamie Benn -- Alexander Radulov

Mattias Janmark -- Tyler Seguin -- Devin Shore 

Jason Spezza -- Martin Hanzal -- Tyler Pitlick

Antoine Roussel -- Radek Faksa -- Brett Ritchie

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Dan Hamhuis -- Greg Pateryn

Jamie Oleksiak -- Stephen Johns

Kari Lehtonen 

Ben Bishop

Scratched: Remi Elie 

Injured: Marc Methot (lower body)


Status report

Methot will miss his fifth straight game. He practiced on Friday but left the ice after 15 minutes. Hitchcock said Ritchie would re-enter the lineup after being a healthy scratch on Thursday. … Sekera will travel with the Oilers but isn't expected to play during the road trip.


Stat pack

The Stars haven't scored a third-period goal in eight games. … Dallas and Edmonton is each 4-5-1 in its past 10 games. 

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