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Penguins at Stars preview

Dallas eyes fifth consecutive win; Pittsburgh seeks sixth victory in seven games

by Sean Shapiro / Correspondent

PENGUINS (30-22-3) at STARS (32-19-4)

8:30 p.m. ET; SN1, FS-SW, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV


The Game

The Dallas Stars will try for their fifth straight victory, which would match their longest winning streak this season, when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins at American Airlines Center on Friday. 

Goaltender Kari Lehtonen will look to win his fifth start in a row for the Stars, who lead the Minnesota Wild by four points for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. Dallas is 14-5-1 in its past 20 games.

Goaltender Matt Murray will start for the Penguins, who look for their sixth win in seven games. Pittsburgh, 5-1-0 in its past six games and 10-3-0 in its past 13, holds a one-point lead over the New Jersey Devils for second place in the Metropolitan Division.


Players to watch

Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has scored at least one goal in five straight games, and has 13 points (nine goals, four assists) in that stretch.

Stars center Tyler Seguin has seven points (five goals, two assists) in a four-game point streak.


They said it

"I think it's such a great opportunity for our players to spend some time with their dad. We let them sit in on our video meeting this morning, I'm sure they got a kick out of that. … I think it's our way of saying thank you to the dads." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan on the Penguins dads trip to Dallas and St. Louis

"It shows to our identity; we can't have it every night, but those are the nights we've really got to dig in and try and gut one out, and we got a couple bounces there, so it's a good win." -- Stars defenseman Stephen Johns on Dallas' 4-2 win at the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday


Penguins projected lineup

Jake Guentzel -- Sidney Crosby -- Bryan Rust

Carl Hagelin -- Evgeni Malkin -- Phil Kessel

Zachary Aston-Reese -- Riley Sheahan -- Conor Sheary

Dominik Simon -- Theodor Blueger -- Ryan Reaves

Brian Dumoulin -- Kris Letang

Olli Maatta -- Justin Schultz

Ian Cole -- Jamie Oleksiak

Matt Murray

Tristan Jarry

Scratched: Chad Ruhwedel, Matt Hunwick

Injured: Patric Hornqvist (lower body), Tom Kuhnhackl (lower body), Carter Rowney (lower body)


Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Alexander Radulov

Mattias Janmark -- Jason Spezza -- Devin Shore

Antoine Roussel -- Radek Faksa -- Tyler Pitlick

Gemel Smith -- Martin Hanzal -- Jason Dickinson

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Dan Hamhuis -- Greg Pateryn

Dillon Heatherington -- Stephen Johns

Kari Lehtonen

Ben Bishop

Scratched: Brett Ritchie, Remi Elie

Injured: Marc Methot (knee), Julius Honka (upper body)


Status report

Sheary is expected to return to the lineup after missing three games with a lower-body injury ... Kuhnhackl is week to week, and Rowney is day to day.


Stat pack

Crosby has no goals in his past nine games and needs one for 400 in the NHL. … Kessel has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in a six-game point streak. … Radulov has four points (one goal, three assists) in a four-game point streak.

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