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Game Preview: Pens-Stars

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens are in Big D to take on the Stars in a Dad's Trip weekend. 

MATCH: Penguins vs. Stars

TIME: 8:30 p.m. EST

PLACE: American Airlines Center

TV: AT&T SportsNet

RADIO: 105.9 FM, the X

5 THINGS

1. The Pens are suffering another hit by the injury bug. The team is missing 4 forwards and have recalled Teddy Blueger from WBS. He is expected to make his NHL debut tonight.

2. The Big 3 (Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel) have led the Pens of late. Malkin has a 5-game goal-scoring streak for 9 total. Kessel has a season-long 6-game scoring streak (3G-7A) and ranks 2nd in the NHL in scoring with 65 points. Crosby's 43 assists are tied for 7th in the NHL.

3. Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak will face the Stars for the 1st time since being traded by Dallas in December. He was the Stars' 1st-round pick (14th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft.

4. The Stars are hosting the Pens on the tail end of back-to-back contests. Dallas recorded a 4-2 victory against the Blackhawks last night in Chicago.

5. Tyler Seguins (28 goals), John Klingberg (45 assists) and Alexander Radulov (52 points) pace the Stars in each respective category.  

INJURIES

PIT - Patric Hornqvist (lower-body), Tom Kuhnhackl (lower-body), Carter Rowney (lower-body), Conor Sheary (lower-body).

DAL - Marc Methot (knee).

MORNING SKATE

* The Pens held an optional morning skate. 

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