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Jets at Stars preview

Dallas eyes fifth straight win; Winnipeg tries for sweep of four-game trip

by Josh Clark / Independent Correspondent

JETS (13-8-1) at STARS (12-8-2)

8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, TSN3, NHL.TV


The Game

The Dallas Stars will try for a season-high fifth straight victory when they host the Winnipeg Jets at American Airlines Center on Thursday.

The Stars are 8-0-1 in their past nine games and have outscored their opponents 36-17 during the span. Five players scored in a 6-1 home win against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. Dallas is 11-1-1 in its past 13 games after starting the season 1-7-1.

Winnipeg will try for its fourth consecutive victory and sixth in seven games, including a 3-2 overtime win against Dallas at Bell MTS Place on Nov. 10. The Jets have won five in a row on the road after defeating the Nashville Predators 2-1 on Tuesday. This is the finale of a four-game trip for Winnipeg.


Players to watch

Jets forward Kyle Connor has one goal and three assists during a three-game point streak.

Stars captain Jamie Benn has six points (three goals, three assists) during a three-game point streak.


They said it

"They've got [John] Klingberg out, but they have a real active back end and don't give much up. That would be the difference and transition of this team over the last four or five years. Their back end used to be all over the ice and they were hard to handle, but you were always in a game with them because you were going to generate chances. Now, most of that has gone away. There's no easy offense." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice

"We feel that the Jets are a significantly different team. They play five together really well in all three zones. We think the neutral zone is really hard to penetrate against them. In the defensive zone, they're taking away time and space and are harder on you. That's why, when you look at the numbers, they aren't giving up a lot of goals." -- Stars coach Jim Montgomery


Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Blake Wheeler -- Jack Roslovic

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Mathieu Perreault

Joona Luoto -- David Gustafsson -- Logan Shaw

Josh Morrissey -- Tucker Poolman

Dmitry Kulikov -- Neal Pionk

Nathan Beaulieu -- Luca Sbisa

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Anthony Bitetto, Carl Dahlstrom, Michael Spacek

Injured: Mark Letestu (upper body), Mason Appleton (lower body), Bryan Little (upper body), Gabriel Bourque (lower body)


Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Justin Dowling -- Tyler Seguin

Denis Gurianov -- Joe Pavelski -- Alexander Radulov

Andrew Cogliano -- Radek Faksa -- Blake Comeau

Mattias Janmark -- Jason Dickinson -- Corey Perry

Esa Lindell -- Taylor Fedun

Jamie Oleksiak -- Miro Heiskanen

Andrej Sekera -- Roman Polak

Ben Bishop

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Joel Hanley

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


Status report

Janmark will play after missing four games with a lower-body injury.


Stat pack

The Jets are 7-1-1 in their past nine games. … Heiskanen has three straight multipoint games. ... Faksa has eight points (three goals, five assists) during an NHL career-high seven-game point streak.

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