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Preview: Stars aim to close with winning record on road swing at Jets

Seeking its third straight victory away from home, Dallas has won six of eight overall

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge
Dallas Stars at Winnipeg Jets

Thursday, November 2
7 p.m.
TV: FOX Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

 

About the Stars

The Stars (7-5-0) won their second straight game on the road, defeating the Vancouver Canucks, 2-1, in overtime Monday. Alexander Radulov scored the game-winner 2:32 into extra playing time. Tyler Seguin scored in regulation for the Stars, and Ben Bishop stopped 38 shots.

"It was big. Every game on the road is," said Bishop. "We played well, but it still wasn't our best effort, and we have a lot we can improve on. But we found a way in the end."

The Stars are 6-2-0 over their past eight games.

The Stars recalled C/LW Jason Dickinson from the Texas Stars of the AHL on Wednesday. Dickinson, who leads Texas with six goals in nine games, will play Thursday.

"Speed, tenacity, hard on the puck. He's got an edge to him," said Stars coach Ken Hitchcock. "He's a little bit like [Remi] Elie; he deserved to be on the team coming out of training camp, but there was no room at that time. Now, he's earned the right to see what he can do. He adds another level of size and skill to our group which is going to help us."

D Stephen Johns likely will return to the lineup Thursday after missing the past three games due to concussion symptoms.

C Martin Hanzal will miss his second straight game due to a lower-body injury.

Bishop will get the start in goal.

Thursday's game wraps up a five-game road trip for the Stars who are 2-2-0 including wins in the past games.

"We could have a winning record on this road trip which is incredible for the tough breaks when we started," Hitchcock said. "That's got everybody excited. We could end up 3-2 on this road trip."

Injuries: D Stephen Johns (concussion protocol) is probable. C Martin Hanzal (lower body) is out.

 
About the Jets

The Jets (6-3-2) ran their points streak to five games (3-0-2) with a 2-1 win at Minnesota Tuesday. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 28 shots, and Kyle Connor and Nikolaj Ehlers scored goals to stake the Jets to a 2-0 lead in the game.

"It was a good road game," Jets coach Paul Maurice told media. "I liked our game an awful lot until it got up to 2-1, and we were on our heels a little bit. ... A solid game."

Hellebuyck improved to 6-0-1 on the season, with a 1.91 goals against average and .940 save percentage.

Forward Adam Lowry (upper body) went through a full practice on Wednesday but is not expected to return to the lineup until the weekend at the earliest. Forward Mathieu Perrault (lower body) skated on his own Wednesday. He's not expected to start practicing until next week.

Thursday's game opens a two-game homestand for the Jets.

Injuries: F Adam Lowry (upper body) and Mathieu Perreault (lower body) are out.

 

Season Series
  • This is the first of four meetings between the Stars and Jets.

  • The Stars were 1-4-0 vs. the Jets last season, including 0-3-0 in Winnipeg.

 

Statistical Tidbits
  • The Stars are 3-4-0 on the road.

  • The Jets are 3-2-0 at home.

  • The Stars are 1-3-0 vs. the Central Division.

  • The Jets are 2-0-0 vs. the Central Division.

  • The Stars rank 20th in goal scoring at 2.83 per game.

  • The Jets are tied for 16th in scoring at 3.00 per game.

  • The Stars rank eighth in goals against at 2.75 per game.

  • The Jets rank 14th in goals against at 2.91 per game.

  • The Jets have allowed 2 goals or fewer in seven of their past nine games after allowing 13 goals in their first two games.

  • The Stars are 6-for-13 on the power play over the past three games and have the league's top power play at 30.8 percent.

  • The Jets are 15-for-16 on the penalty kill over the past four games and are tied for 15th in the league on the PK at 80.5 percent.

  • The Jets are tied for second in the NHL with three shorthanded goals. The Stars have not allowed a shorthanded goal.

  • The Stars are 24-for-25 on the penalty kill over the past eight games and rank second in the league at 90.5 percent.

  • The Jets are 1-for-14 on the power play over the past four games and rank 27th in the league at 13.5 percent.

  • Stars right wing Alexander Radulov has six points (three goals, three assists) in the past three games.

  • Jets right wing Kyle Connor has five points (two goals, three assists) in six games since being recalled from the AHL.

  • Left wing Jamie Benn leads the Stars in scoring with 14 points (seven goals, seven assists).

  • Right wing Blake Wheeler leads the Jets in scoring with 12 points (four goals, eight assists).

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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