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Dallas splits Seguin, Benn; Quine to make season debut for New York

by Sean Shapiro / NHL.com Correspondent

ISLANDERS (8-5-2) at STARS (8-7-0)

8:30 p.m. ET; FW-SW, MSG+, NHL.TV

 

The Game

In a move designed to generate more offense throughout the lineup, the Dallas Stars will split up their top line of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov

Benn, traditionally a left wing, will move to center on a line with Radulov and Gemel Smith. Seguin will center a line with Mattias Janmark and Devin Shore.

Alan Quine will make his season debut for the New York Islanders after getting recalled from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League on Thursday. Quine is expected to center the third line with Andrew Ladd and Anthony Beauvillier.

 

Players to watch

Islanders forward Josh Bailey had a nine-game point streak end in a 2-1 overtime loss against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. He has 16 points (two goals, 14 assists) in his past 10 games.

Radulov has nine points (four goals, five assists) during a six-game point streak.

 

They said it

"I think we were playing with a little more pace in all three zones. I think we created just as much as we had been when we were getting four or five goals in three or four games in a row. That's good news to me. The Edmonton game was a well-goaltended game, and when I look at the final ledger I'm still happy." -- Islanders coach Doug Weight, on concerns about the offense after a 2-1 overtime loss Tuesday

"We all should know how to play every position in this League. Left wing and center, it's not much of a change. You're just playing low in the defensive zone, and even as a winger you find yourself down there in a game. Probably just getting used to taking every face-off now and face-offs on my weak side." -- Stars forward Jamie Benn on playing center 

 

Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- John Tavares -- Josh Bailey

Brock Nelson -- Mathew Barzal -- Jordan Eberle

Andrew Ladd -- Alan Quine -- Anthony Beauvillier

Jason Chimera -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan -- Scott Mayfield

Thomas Hickey -- Ryan Pulock

Jaroslav Halak

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Dennis Seidenberg

Injured: Nikolay Kulemin (wrist), Adam Pelech (upper body)

 

Stars projected lineup

Gemel Smith -- Jamie Benn -- Alexander Radulov

Mattias Janmark -- Tyler Seguin -- Devin Shore

Remi Elie -- Martin Hanzal -- Jason Spezza

Antoine Roussel -- Radek Faksa -- Brett Ritchie

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Dan Hamhuis -- Greg Pateryn

Jamie Oleksiak -- Stephen Johns

Ben Bishop

Kari Lehtonen

Scratched: Curtis McKenzie, Jason Dickinson

Injured: Tyler Pitlick (upper body), Marc Methot (lower body)

 

Status report

Kulemin is out with a wrist injury sustained against the Oilers on Tuesday. … Methot will miss his first game of the season and Oleksiak will re-enter the lineup as a defenseman for the first time since Oct. 30. He played forward in a loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Monday. Faksa will play after sitting out Monday because of a lower-body injury. Ritchie had missed the previous three games because of an upper-body injury. Pitlick was put on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 4.

 

Stat pack

Tavares has 15 points (10 goals, five assists in his past eight games. Barzal has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) during a six-game point streak. … Spezza has 36 points (16 goals, 20 assists) in 36 career games against the Islanders.

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