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Bishop set for sixth straight start as Stars try to prolong win streak

The veteran netminder is 4-1 with a 1.93 goals against average entering tonight's meeting with Carolina

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars will look to make it four wins in a row when they take on the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at American Airlines Center.

The Stars, who are coming off a 5-4 win in Arizona on Thursday, also will be looking for their fourth straight win at home, where they are 3-1-0 this season and have allowed just six goals (1.50 per game).

"Before the season, we said we had to be a team that was tough to play here at the AAC," said defenseman John Klingberg. "The defense has been really good and [goaltender Ben Bishop] has been stepping up for us. It's just a matter of doing the same things."

The Stars will face a good test tonight in the Hurricanes, who are off to a 3-1-1 start to the season. Carolina is coming off road wins over both Edmonton and Calgary.

"They don't crack. There are no cracks in their game. They make you crack," said Stars coach Ken Hitchcock. "They don't put themselves in poor position offensively or defensively. And they use their quickness to play the game."

The Stars are making only one lineup change: Julius Honka will come in on defense, and Jamie Oleksiak will come out. Oleksiak had a rough night in Thursday's game against the Coyotes.

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"We didn't do Jamie any favors by flipping him over to the [right] side," Hitchcock said. "We just decided we'll keep going lefty-righty. There is so much speed in the league that to play the right side you've either got to have quick feet or a quick stick. So, we'll keep him on the left side and keep putting him in there. We've liked a lot of his game, and he had two mental mistakes that can impact any player. We just think to do our whole team a favor and to do him a favor we need to keep him on the side that is natural rather than flip him back and forth."

As for Honka, he'll be playing for the fifth time in the past six games. He was scratched Thursday, but it had nothing to do with play.

"He's not a big guy, so if he starts to wear down we pull him out," Hitchcock said. "We don't ever pull him out based on play. The next time we'll have to think about that and whether he just has to fight through that stuff."

No changes expected on the forward lines. Hitchcock will go with the same lines he switched to early in Thursday's game. That includes Mattias Janmark centering the second line with Jason Spezza playing the right wing.

"We've got to get Spezza ahead of the play. He's too far under the play right now," Hitchcock said. "He's at his best when he can hang onto the puck in the offensive zone, when he can break ahead of the play. His anticipation on 50-50 pucks is excellent. When you are playing center in our system, you've got to come from a low holding pattern all the time. That's tough. This will allow him to have extended offensive zone time."

Ben Bishop will make his sixth straight start in goal for the Stars. He is 4-1-0 with a 1.93 goals against average and .929 save percentage.

 

Hurricanes Watch

Scott Darling will get the start in goal tonight for the Hurricanes. Darling is 2-1-1 with a 2.20 goals against average and .911 save percentage. The Hurricanes have won their past two games and at 3-1-1 are off to their best five-game start since 2008-09.

 

Tonight's Game

Who: Carolina Hurricanes at Dallas Stars
Where: American Airlines Center
When: 7:00 p.m.
TV: FOX Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

 

Stars Projected Lineup

Jamie Benn - Tyler Seguin - Alexander Radulov
Devin Shore - Mattias Janmark - Jason Spezza
Remi Elie - Martin Hanzal - Brett Ritchie
Antoine Roussel - Radek Faksa - Tyler Pitlick

Marc Methot - John Klingberg
Dan Hamhuis - Stephen Johns
Esa Lindell - Julius Honka

Ben Bishop
Kari Lehtonen

Scratched: Jamie Oleksiak, Greg Pateryn, Gemel Smith
Injured: None

 

Hurricanes Projected Lineup

Teuvo Teravainen -- Jordan Staal -- Justin Williams
Sebastian Aho -- Victor Rask -- Elias Lindholm
Jeff Skinner -- Derek Ryan -- Brock McGinn
Joakim Nordstrom -- Marcus Kruger -- Janne Kuokkanen

Jaccob Slavin -- Brett Pesce
Justin Faulk -- Noah Hanifin
Haydn Fleury -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Scott Darling
Cam Ward

Scratched: Martin Necas, Josh Jooris, Klas Dahlbeck
Injured: Lee Stempniak (upper body)

This story was not subject to approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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