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Stars hopeful Klingberg can play against Islanders

Dallas faces New York without injured forward Seguin @NHL

ISLANDERS (38-22-9) at STARS (42-21-9)

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The Dallas Stars could get defenseman John Klingberg back from injury when they face the New York Islanders at American Airlines Center.


Klingberg hopes to return after missing the past seven games with a lower-body injury. He told the Stars website Saturday he's ready to play, but coach Lindy Ruff termed him a game-time decision.

One player the Stars know they won't have is forward Tyler Seguin, the NHL's third-leading scorer. He's out 3-4 weeks after sustaining a cut to his Achilles tendon Thursday in a 4-3 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"Right away I felt it and right away I knew it was a skate but it didn't really hurt much at the time so I kept playing," Seguin told the Stars website Saturday.

The regular season ends three weeks from Sunday, casting doubt as to whether Seguin will be ready for the beginning of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"I can't really picture myself missing Game 1," Seguin said. "Even if I come back for the last game of the regular season, that'd be quite the goal for me."

The Stars were hoping to have a shot to clinch a postseason spot Saturday but needed the Minnesota Wild to lose to the Carolina Hurricanes in regulation. Minnesota won 3-2 in a shootout.

Dallas began Saturday two points ahead of the St. Louis Blues and three points ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks in the race for the Central Division title. The Blues play at the Vancouver Canucks at 10 p.m. and the Blackhawks are idle Saturday.

Forward Casey Cizikas will return to the lineup for the Islanders after he was a late scratch Thursday against the Nashville Predators with an upper-body injury.

"He's one of our best players," coach Jack Capuano told the Islanders website. "That's what Islanders hockey is all about, grit and determination, and that's what he brings to the table."

Goaltender Thomas Greiss will start for the Islanders, who fell one point behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for fourth place in the Metropolitan Division after the Penguins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Saturday afternoon. The Islanders hold two games in hand.

Here are the projected lineups:

Brock Nelson - John Tavares - Ryan Strome
Josh Bailey - Frans Nielsen - Kyle Okposo
Shane Prince - Nikolay Kulemin - Anders Lee
Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy - Johnny Boychuk
Calvin de Haan - Travis Hamonic
Thomas Hickey - Brian Strait

Thomas Greiss
Jean-Francois Berube

Injured: Jaroslav Halak (groin), Marek Zidlicky (upper body), Adam Pelech (upper body), Mikhail Grabovski (undisclosed)
Scratched: Eric Boulton, Ryan Pulock, Steve Bernier

Jamie Benn - Cody Eakin - Patrick Sharp
Valeri Nichushkin - Jason Spezza - Patrick Eaves
Antoine Roussel - Radek Faksa - Ales Hemsky
Colton Sceviour - Vernon Fiddler - Brett Ritchie

Kris Russell - Alex Goligoski
Johnny Oduya - Stephen Johns
Patrik Nemeth - John Klingberg

Kari Lehtonen
Antti Niemi

Injured: Tyler Seguin (Achilles) Jordie Benn (lower body), Jason Demers (shoulder), Mattias Janmark (upper body)
Scratched: Jamie Oleksiak, Travis Moen

Status report: Strait enters the lineup in place of Pulock, who scored his first NHL goal in the game against Nashville. Grabovski was sent back to New York for evaluation and will miss a second straight game. … Oleksiak would remain in the lineup if Klingberg doesn't play.

Who's hot: Okposo has two goals in his past three games. … Spezza has eight goals in as many games. Benn has four goals in as many games. Eakin has two goals and three assists during a three-game point streak.

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