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Dallas can tie team record with seventh straight win; Eakin looks to stay hot for Vegas

by Josh Clark / Independent Correspondent

GOLDEN KNIGHTS (11-10-4) at STARS (14-8-2)

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


The Game

The Dallas Stars will look to tie the Stars/Minnesota North Stars record of seven consecutive wins when they host the Vegas Golden Knights at American Airlines Center on Monday.

The Stars have won their past six games, the longest active winning streak in the NHL; they last won seven straight games from Jan. 29-Feb. 11, 2008.

Dallas is on an 11-game point streak (10-0-1), its longest since the 2011-12 season and is 13-1-1 in its past 15 games after starting the season 1-7-1. This is the final game of a four-game homestand; the Stars defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 in a shootout on Saturday.

The Golden Knights are 2-1-1 in their past four games after a five-game winless streak (0-4-1). They lost 4-2 to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday to finish a four-game homestand.


Players to watch

Golden Knights center Cody Eakin has four points (three goals, one assist) in his past five games.

Stars goaltender Ben Bishop is 5-0-0 with a 1.86 goals-against average and .942 save percentage in his past six starts.


They said it

"They have to find [the fire]. We'll find it. We've got to be ready to play harder, that's all. Dallas is the most competitive team I've seen this year with the way they're playing right now in the last number of games. We better have some fire tonight, or we'll have a long night if we don't." -- Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant

"The struggle we went through hardened us quickly. It got us kind of intense and in the right mindset of playing hard and almost playoff-esque hockey where it's still early in the season and it's not always going to be that way. I think it forced us to think that way and get into that groove right away because we knew we had a tall task ahead." -- Stars center Jason Dickinson on their turnaround


Golden Knights projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith

Max Pacioretty -- Cody Eakin -- Mark Stone

Alex Tuch -- Paul Stastny -- Cody Glass

William Carrier -- Tomas Nosek -- Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt

Nicolas Hague -- Shea Theodore

Nick Holden -- Deryk Engelland

Malcolm Subban

Marc-Andre Fleury

Scratched: Jon Merrill

Injured: None

Suspended: Valentin Zykov

Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Roope Hintz -- Tyler Seguin

Alexander Radulov -- Jason Dickinson -- Corey Perry

Mattias Janmark -- Joe Pavelski -- Denis Gurianov

Andrew Cogliano -- Radek Faksa -- Blake Comeau

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Jamie Oleksiak -- Miro Heiskanen

Andrej Sekera -- Roman Polak

Ben Bishop

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Taylor Fedun, Joel Hanley

Injured: Justin Dowling (upper body), Stephen Johns (post-traumatic headaches)


Status report

Dowling is day-to-day after he was injured against the Blackhawks on Saturday.


Stat pack

Vegas is 5-1-0 all-time against Dallas, including 3-0-0 at American Airlines Center. … Stastny will play his 900th NHL game and is two points from 700 in the NHL. … The Stars have outscored opponents 24-12 during their six-game winning streak. … Dallas last had a 12-game point streak from Dec. 27, 2002-Jan. 22, 2003 (9-0-0 with three ties).

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