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Oleksiak shifted to forward from defense for Dallas; Hellebuyck in goal for Winnipeg

by Sean Shapiro / NHL.com Correspondent

JETS (7-3-3) at STARS (8-6-0)

8:30 p.m. ET; FW-SW, TSN3, NHL.TV 

 

The Game

The Dallas Stars will shuffle their lineup because of injuries and defenseman Jamie Oleksiak will play forward for the first time in his NHL career against the Winnipeg Jets at American Airlines Center on Monday.

Oleksiak, who said he last played forward for a couple games in the Ontario Hockey League, will play on a line with center Martin Hanzal, who is returning to the lineup after missing three games because of a lower-body injury.

Connor Hellebuyck will start in goal for Winnipeg. He has held opponents to two goals or less seven of his nine starts. He is the only NHL goalie with at least six starts and no regulation losses.

The Jets defeated the Stars 5-2 at Bell MTS Place on Thursday.

 

Players to watch

Stars forward Tyler Seguin has points in 11 of his past 12 games against the Jets and 31 points (17 goals, 14 assists) in 29 games all-time against them.

Jets forward Blake Wheeler has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past two games.

 

They said it

"We always have good games with these guys, and the last game was pretty rough. It was a fun hockey game, and I wouldn't expect anything different. I would expect it to be an intense game again." -- Jets forward Shawn Matthias on playing the Stars

"I'm just not going to overcomplicate it, you know what I mean? Just got to keep it simple and I've got two good [linemates] here. Just make sure we talk and play smart defensively and do our job out there and play a smart, simple game." -- Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak on playing forward

 

Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Bryan Little -- Patrik Laine

Shawn Matthias -- Adam Lowry -- Andrew Copp

Brendan Lemieux -- Matt Hendricks -- Brandon Tanev

Josh Morrissey -- Jacob Trouba

Toby Enstrom -- Dustin Byfuglien

Dmitry Kulikov -- Tyler Myers

Connor Hellebuyck

Steve Mason

Scratched: Joel Armia, Ben Chiarot, Marko Dano

Injured: Mathieu Perreault (lower body)

 

Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Alexander Radulov

Antoine Roussel -- Jason Spezza -- Remi Elie

Jason Dickinson -- Mattias Janmark -- Devin Shore

Jamie Oleksiak -- Martin Hanzal -- Gemel Smith

Marc Methot -- John Klingberg

Dan Hamhuis -- Greg Pateryn

Esa Lindell -- Stephen Johns

Ben Bishop

Kari Lehtonen

Scratched: None

Injured: Tyler Pitlick (upper body), Radek Faksa (lower body), Brett Ritchie (upper body)

 

Status report

Lowry will play his first game since Oct. 12 against the Vancouver Canucks. He's been out the past nine games because of an upper-body injury. … Pitlick and Faksa were injured during a 5-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said neither player is expected to be out long. Ritchie was on injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 30.

 

Stat pack

The Jets are 3-0-0 against the Central Division this season. They were 19-8-2 against their division last season. The Jets are 5-for-6 on the power play in their past two games. … The Stars have won five straight home games. They have the best power play in the NHL at 32.5 percent and the second-best home penalty kill in the League at 96.0 percent.

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