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Minnesota, Zuccarello looking to win fourth game in five; Dallas trying to end homestand with victory

by Josh Clark / Independent Correspondent

WILD (4-7-0) at STARS (4-8-1)

8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW+, FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV


The Game

The Dallas Stars will try to win the finale of a four-game homestand when they play the Minnesota Wild at American Airlines Center on Tuesday.

Dallas won the first two games of the homestand but lost 3-0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. The Stars have won their past four games against the Wild and are 4-1-1 in their past six at home against Minnesota.

The Wild have won three of their past four games (3-1-0) after losing six of seven (1-6-0) to start the season.

Wild forward Mats Zuccarello will play his first game against the Stars since signing a five-year contract with Minnesota on July 1. Zuccarello played 15 regular-season and Stanley Cup Playoff games for the Stars last season.

Players to watch

Wild center Eric Staal has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past four games.

Stars goalie Ben Bishop is 2-1-0 with a 1.35 goals-against average and .958 save percentage in his past three starts.

They said it

"I had a good time here. We had a good playoff run and I got hurt, so I didn't play that many games. I got some good friends on the team and around, and that's always nice. It's cool to be here and see all of the guys and stuff, but we're here to win a hockey game." -- Wild forward Mats Zuccarello on returning to Dallas

"I think with the spot we're in right now we can't take anybody lightly. We've had our own troubles so I think we have to focus more on our game and what we have to do to win and not think too much about what team we're facing and what their record is." -- Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak

Wild projected lineup

Jason Zucker -- Eric Staal -- Mats Zuccarello

Zach Parise -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Luke Kunin

Marcus Foligno -- Mikko Koivu -- Ryan Hartman

Jordan Greenway -- Victor Rask -- Ryan Donato

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin -- Matt Dumba

Carson Soucy -- Brad Hunt

Alex Stalock

Devan Dubnyk

Scratched: Nick Seeler

Injured: Kevin Fiala (lower body), Greg Pateryn (core)

Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Corey Perry

Alexander Radulov -- Roope Hintz -- Joe Pavelski

Mattias Janmark -- Jason Dickinson -- Denis Gurianov

Andrew Cogliano -- Radek Faksa -- Nick Caamano

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Jamie Oleksiak -- Miro Heiskanen

Joel Hanley -- Taylor Fedun

Ben Bishop

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Justin Dowling

Injured: Blake Comeau (lower body), Andrej Sekera (upper body), Roman Polak (upper body), Stephen Johns (post traumatic headaches), Martin Hanzal (back)

Status report

Fiala will not play Tuesday, but Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said that he is close to a return. … Seguin felt sick and missed the morning skate but is expected to play.

Stat pack

The Wild are 1-6-0 on the road this season. … Seguin has six points (four goals, two assists) and three multipoint games in his past three games against the Wild. … The Stars are 28-7-3 with one tie at home against the Wild.

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