PENGUINS (38-14-8) AT STARS (24-28-10)
8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, ROOT, NHL.TV
Penguins team scope
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is not on this road trip and will not play against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday or the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday. "We felt it was better that he stayed back and was able to get better rehab and quality skates with our skills coach back there," coach Mike Sullivan said. Pittsburgh placed forward Eric Fehr on waivers on Tuesday, but he skated on the fourth line with Tom Kuhnackl and Matt Cullen and could play. "We've really like (Fehr's) game the past couple weeks," Sullivan said. "He' playing very good hockey for us. Obviously this is an aspect of the game that surround the business of the game. Our management I think we're looking for more flexibility around the trade deadline." Matt Murray will start in goal after making 36 saves in a 4-2 win against the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2017 Coors Light Stadium Series game on Saturday.
Stars team scope
The Stars juggled their defense pairs after trading Jordie Benn to the Montreal Canadiens for Greg Pateryn and a fourth-round draft pick on Monday. Coach Lindy Ruff said Pateryn won't play, meaning Jamie Oleksiak or Stephen Johns likely will be paired with Dan Hamhuis. Although the Stars have been trading away players, Ruff said they are still focused on making the Stanley Cup Playoffs. "We've got a job to do and it's my job to get them in the right place," Ruff said. "I want them to go out and do their job. Take pride in their play. We want to win as many games as we can. Until that day come where it's no longer possible to get in, you've got to win as many games in the meantime." Antti Niemi will start in goal for the first time since Feb. 14. He has played in three of the Stars' past 16 games.
Penguins projected lineup
Chris Kunitz -- Sidney Crosby -- Jake Guentzel
Carl Hagelin -- Evgeni Malkin -- Patric Hornqvist
Scott Wilson -- Nick Bonino -- Phil Kessel
Tom Kuhnhackl -- Matt Cullen -- Eric Fehr
Brian Dumoulin -- Ron Hainsey
Justin Schultz -- Cameron Gaunce
Ian Cole -- Chad Ruhwedel
Scratched: Carter Rowney, Steve Oleksky
Injured: Kris Letang (upper body), Bryan Rust (upper body), Trevor Daley (lower body), Olli Maatta (hand), Conor Sheary (upper body)
Stars projected lineup
Jamie Benn -- Cody Eakin -- Brett Ritchie
Antoine Roussel -- Tyler Seguin -- Patrick Sharp
Lauri Korpikoski -- Radek Faksa -- Jason Spezza
Curtis McKenzie -- Devin Shore -- Jiri Hudler
Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg
Dan Hamhuis -- Jamie Oleksiak
Johnny Oduya -- Stephen Johns
Scratched: Remi Elie, Patrik Nemeth, Greg Pateryn
Injured: Mattias Janmark (knee), Ales Hemsky (hip), Adam Cracknell (lower body)
Sullivan said Sheary is getting closer and could play next week. ... Janmark took part in a morning skate for the first time since having surgery in September. Ruff said Hemsky may be able to play Thursday.
Crosby has goals in three straight games and 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) in his past 18 games. ... Benn has 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) in his past 13 games. Seguin has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in his past six games.