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Dallas looking for fourth straight win; Vancouver starting season-long road trip

by Josh Clark / Independent Correspondent

CANUCKS (10-7-4) at STARS (11-8-2)

8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, SNP, NHL.TV


The Game

The Dallas Stars will try to win their fourth consecutive game and extend their point streak to nine games when they host the Vancouver Canucks at American Airlines Center on Tuesday.

The Stars are 10-1-1 in their past 12 games after starting the season 1-7-1. They won 5-4 in overtime against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday to close a four-game road trip with a 3-0-1 record. The trip included a 4-2 win at the Canucks on Thursday. Dallas starts a four-game homestand Tuesday.

The Canucks lost 5-4 in overtime against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday and are 1-4-2 in their past seven games. Tuesday is the start of a season-long six-game road trip.


Players to watch

Canucks forward Tanner Pearson has five points (two goals, three assists) during a three-game point streak.

Stars forward Radek Faksa has seven points (three goals, four assists) in a six-game point streak.


They said it

"It's exciting, especially for such a big road trip. The first game is always so important. It's a big road trip, but we also know that we need to focus on tonight and take it one game at a time. If you get a win to start a long road trip like this it sets you up for the rest of the road trip. We have to focus on tonight, and I'm excited to go." -- Canucks center Jay Beagle

"You can see how high the confidence is now compared to at the beginning of the year. Everyone is feeling good, the atmosphere is good at the rink, and it's more fun when you're winning. You just have to work hard, do the same things, and that way you'll win the games and the fun keeps going." -- Stars defenseman Esa Lindell 


Canucks projected lineup

J.T. Miller -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser

Tanner Pearson -- Bo Horvat -- Jake Virtanen

Sven Baertschi -- Adam Gaudette -- Josh Leivo

Tim Schaller -- Jay Beagle -- Loui Eriksson

Alexander Edler -- Tyler Myers

Quinn Hughes -- Christopher Tanev

Jordie Benn -- Troy Stecher

Jacob Markstrom

Thatcher Demko

Scratched: Tyler Graovac, Oscar Fantenberg, Zack MacEwen

Injured: Brandon Sutter (groin strain), Tyler Motte (foot), Antoine Roussel (knee), Micheal Ferland (concussion protocol)


Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Justin Dowling -- Tyler Seguin

Denis Gurianov -- Joe Pavelski -- Alexander Radulov

Nick Caamano -- Jason Dickinson -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Radek Faksa -- Blake Comeau

Esa Lindell -- Taylor Fedun

Jamie Oleksiak -- Miro Heiskanen

Andrej Sekera -- Roman Polak

Ben Bishop

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Joel Hanley

Injured: Roope Hintz (lower body), Mattias Janmark (lower body), John Klingberg (lower body), Stephen Johns (post-traumatic headaches)


Status report

Beagle will play after missing the previous three games because of a lower-body injury. … Janmark is close to returning but will not play Tuesday.


Stat pack

The Canucks lead the NHL in faceoff win percentage at 54.5. … The Stars are 15-2-3 in their past 20 games against the Canucks. … Dallas has allowed 13 goals in seven games (1.86 goals-against per game) in November.

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