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New York tries to gain in wild-card race; Dallas can end five-game winless skid, climb in Central

by Josh Clark / Independent Correspondent

RANGERS (36-28-4) at STARS (37-23-8)

8:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-SW, MSG 2, NHL.TV


The Game

The Dallas Stars will try to avoid a season-long six-game winless streak and move up in the Central Division race when they host the New York Rangers at American Airlines Center on Tuesday.

The Stars are 0-3-2 in their past five games, including back-to-back shutout losses to the Nashville Predators, after going 7-1-1 in their previous nine. They're in third place in the Central Division, eight points behind the Colorado Avalanche and four points ahead of the Winnipeg Jets.

The Rangers, 1-4-0 in their past five games but 10-5-0 in their past 15, are three points behind the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Islanders for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.


Players to watch

Rangers center Mika Zibanejad has 10 points (nine goals, one assist) during a four-game point streak and has scored at least one goal in 10 of his past 11 games.

Stars goalie Ben Bishop is 11-2-0 with a 1.77 goals-against average, .936 save percentage and three shutouts in 14 games against New York.


They said it

"This is about resetting our mindset, everybody committing to playing defense, everybody understanding what we're going to have to do and what our recipe is for success. That's what it comes down to." -- Rangers coach David Quinn

"I hope the guys feel a little bit of pressure, but I don't think we need to be overwhelmed. We're still in control of our own destiny. We made our surge in March last year, and it's still March so we can make our surge and turn things around. It's early enough in the final stretch of the season that things don't need to be in panic mode yet, but we definitely need to buckle down." -- Stars forward Jason Dickinson


Rangers projected lineup

Phillip Di Giuseppe -- Mika Zibanejad -- Pavel Buchnevich

Artemi Panarin -- Ryan Strome -- Jesper Fast

Brett Howden -- Filip Chytil -- Julien Gauthier

Brendan Lemieux -- Greg McKegg -- Kaapo Kakko

Ryan Lindgren -- Adam Fox

Brendan Smith -- Jacob Trouba

Marc Staal -- Tony DeAngelo

Igor Shesterkin

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratched: Alexandar Georgiev

Injured: Chris Kreider (fractured foot), Micheal Haley (core muscle)


Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Corey Perry

Denis Gurianov -- Roope Hintz -- Joe Pavelski

Andrew Cogliano -- Justin Dowling -- Mattias Janmark

Jason Dickinson -- Radek Faksa -- Blake Comeau

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Miro Heiskanen -- Stephen Johns

Jamie Oleksiak -- Andrej Sekera

Ben Bishop

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Roman Polak, Taylor Fedun

Injured: Alexander Radulov (illness)


Status report

Kreider, a forward, was on the ice for morning skate wearing a sweatshirt and sweatpants. … Radulov, a forward, remains day to day.


Stat pack

The Rangers went 3-for-3 on the power play against Dallas on Feb. 3 and are 6-for-18 (33.3 percent) in their past four games. … Buchnevich has seven points (one goal, six assists) during a five-game point streak. … Dallas has not scored or allowed a goal at even-strength in three games. … The Stars are 5-1-0 in their past six games against the Rangers.

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