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Lindgren to make seventh straight start for Montreal; Benn brothers face off for first time in Dallas

by Sean Shapiro / Correspondent

CANADIENS (8-11-2) at STARS (10-9-1)

8:30 p.m. ET; FW-SW, RDS, TSN2, NHL.TV 


The Game 

Goalie Charlie Lindgren will start his seventh straight game for the Montreal Canadiens against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Tuesday.

Lindgren has allowed 10 goals in his past two games after 3-1-1 start. The Canadiens have lost three straight.

Goalie Ben Bishop will start for the Stars. 

Each team is playing the first half of a back to back. The Canadiens are at the Nashville Predators and the Stars will visit the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday.


Players to watch

Canadiens defenseman Jordie Benn, who played six seasons with the Stars, returns to Dallas for the first time since he was traded to Montreal on Feb. 27. 

Stars right wing Alexander Radulov, who played for Montreal last season, has 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in his past 11 games. 


They said it

"Obviously have a lot of offense with (Radulov) over there and Seguin, Benn, Spezza. Guys that can you make play, so we don't want to get into a shootout with guys like that. But at the same time, we want to try and make them defend. I think whenever we play against offensive teams like that, we want to try and make them defend and push them back." -- Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty on the Stars.

"It's going to be fun. I've got my parents down here for this one, this is going to be the first time they see us play against each other live. We're looking forward to it and the bigger picture is we need to keep working on our game and find a way to get this one at home." -- Stars captain Jamie Benn on playing against brother Jordie Benn. 


Canadiens projected lineup

Max Pacioretty -- Jonathan Drouin -- Alex Galchenyuk

Paul Byron -- Phillip Danault -- Andrew Shaw

Charles Hudon -- Tomas Plekanec -- Brendan Gallagher

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Jacob de la Rose -- Torrey Mitchell

Jordie Benn -- Shea Weber

Karl Alzner -- Jeff Petry

Victor Mete -- Joe Morrow

Charlie Lindgren

Antti Niemi

Scratched: Byron Froese, Brandon Davidson

Injured: Carey Price (lower body), Al Montoya (concussion), David Schlemko (hand)


Stars projected lineup

Antoine Roussel -- Jamie Benn -- Alexander Radulov

Devin Shore -- Tyler Seguin -- Brett Ritchie

Remi Elie -- Jason Spezza -- Gemel Smith

Mattias Janmark -- Radek Faksa -- Tyler Pitlick

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Dan Hamhuis -- Greg Pateryn

Jamie Oleksiak -- Stephen Johns

Ben Bishop

Mike McKenna

Scratched: Julius Honka, Kari Lehtonen (personal)

Injured: Marc Methot (knee), Martin Hanzal (hand)


Status report

Canadiens coach Claude Julien said Price remains day to day … Schlemko skated but is also day to day. … Lehtonen was given a leave of absence after the birth of his son, Remi, on Monday …  Hanzal skated on his own. Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said Hanzal won't travel Wednesday, but could play against the Calgary Flames on Friday.

Stat pack

Klingberg has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his past eight games. .Montreal is 3-8-0 against the Western Conference.

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