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Vasilevskiy tries to win 11th straight for Tampa Bay; Heiskanen, Faksa returning for Dallas

by Josh Clark / Independent Correspondent

LIGHTNING (29-15-4) at STARS (27-17-4)



The Game

Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy will try for a new NHL career-long winning streak when the Tampa Bay Lightning play the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Monday.

Vasilevskiy is 10-0-0 with a 1.69 goals-against average and .946 save percentage in his past 10 games. He matched his previous NHL best of 10 straight from Feb. 9-March 5, 2019 in a 7-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 17.

The Lightning are 12-2-0 and have outscored opponents 56-27 in their past 14 games. This is their third game in a season-long six-game road trip.

The Stars are 1-3-0 in their past four games after a six-game winning streak. Defenseman Miro Heiskanen (one game) and forward Radek Faksa (three games) will each return to the lineup after missing time because of upper-body injuries.


Players to watch

Lightning forward Anthony Cirelli has six points (three goals, three assists) during a three-game point streak.

Stars goalie Ben Bishop is 4-1-0 with a 1.94 goals-against average, .939 save percentage and one shutout in his past six games.


They said it

"We've been kind of out of the hockey realm here for 10 days, so you have to get the guys back into it. We have to get back to our habits, our game plan, and what makes us successful. Now it's just about hitting bodies and doing all of the gritty things you have to do. We just have to get that fight mentality back into us." -- Lightning coach Jon Cooper

"When they're on top of their game one's not better than the other, they're both great goalies and that's why they're in the high regard that everyone holds them in. They're both great goaltenders and great people too. They're competitive, hardworking and good teammates. It's good to see those guys get rewarded with the attention they're getting. It's deserved." -- Stars coach Rick Bowness on Dallas goalie Ben Bishop and Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy


Lightning projected lineup

Steven Stamkos -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov

Ondrej Palat -- Anthony Cirelli -- Tyler Johnson

Pat Maroon -- Cedric Paquette -- Alex Killorn

Carter Verhaeghe -- Mitchell Stephens -- Yanni Gourde

Victor Hedman -- Jan Rutta

Ryan McDonagh -- Erik Cernak

Mikhail Sergachev -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Braydon Coburn, Luke Schenn

Injured: None


Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Alexander Radulov

Denis Gurianov -- Joe Pavelski -- Roope Hintz

Andrew Cogliano -- Radek Faksa -- Blake Comeau

Mattias Janmark -- Jason Dickinson -- Corey Perry

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Miro Heiskanen -- Roman Polak

Jamie Oleksiak -- Stephen Johns

Ben Bishop

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Justin Dowling, Taylor Fedun, Andrej Sekera

Injured: None


Status report

Stephens was recalled from Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Monday along with Schenn, a defenseman.


Stat pack

Kucherov has scored five goals during a three-game goal streak. … Seguin has 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists) in 23 games against the Lightning.

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