What you should know about Tuesday's game between the Dallas Stars and Buffalo Sabres:
Game 69: Dallas Stars (35-28-5) at Buffalo Sabres (30-29-9)
When: Tuesday, March 12, 6:00 p.m. CT
Where: KeyBank Center (Buffalo, New York)
TV: FOX Sports Southwest PLUS
Radio: KTCK 1310-AM, 96.7-FM
Live stream: FOX Sports App (in-market only) and NHL.TV (outside Dallas/Fort Worth market)
Official Stars app: Click here to download
GameCenter: Follow the action LIVE
The Dallas Stars travel to Buffalo to face the Sabres on Tuesday night at KeyBank Center. Dallas has won four-straight games (4-0-0) against Buffalo and recorded wins in seven of the last eight contests (7-1-0) against them. In the first game of the 2018-19 season series, the Stars shut out the Sabres, 1-0, on Jan. 30 at American Airlines Center. Captain Jamie Benn potted the lone goal (1-0=1) and defenseman Taylor Fedun logged an assist (0-1-1). Goaltender Ben Bishop turned aside all 30 shots he faced for his 11 consecutive victory (11-0-0) against the Sabres. On special teams against Buffalo, the Stars were 0-for-1 on the power play and 1-of-1 on the penalty kill. The Stars defeated the Sabres, 7-1, on Jan. 20, 2018 in the most recent game between the two clubs at KeyBank Center. Three Stars players posted three points including forward Mattias Janmark (2-1=3), defenseman Esa Lindell (1-2=3) and defenseman John Klingberg (0-3=3). Center Jason Spezza has 70 points (23-47=70) in 62 career games vs. Buffalo, the most points against Buffalo by any active NHL player.
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Right wing Alexander Radulov potted a goal (1-0=1) vs. Chicago and has lit the lamp in back-to-back games (4-0=4). Additionally, he has inked the scoresheet in six of his last seven games (6-3=9). On Thursday night vs. Colorado, Radulov recorded his first career NHL hat trick (3-0=3) and the 17th three-plus point outing of his NHL career. The native of Nizhny Tagil, Russia has posted 55 points (21-34=55) in 56 games in 2018-19. Among Stars leaders, he ranks second in assists (34) and points (55), while ranking third in goals (21). Additionally, Radulov ranks first in plus/minus rating (+16) and shares second in game-winning goals (5). The forward has points in four of his last five games (0-5=5) against the Sabres and tallied points in three of his last four games at KeyBank Center (0-3=3).
On Monday, Stars goaltender Ben Bishop was named the NHL's Second Star of the week ending March 10. Bishop turned aside all 31 shots he faced against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday to record his fifth shutout of the season and the 29th of his NHL career. The netminder has shutouts in back-to-back games for the first time in his NHL career, while he's established a new career-long shutout streak, having not allowed a goal in his last 144:20. Over his last nine games, Bishop has earned a 7-2-0 record with a 1.34 goals-against average, a .958 save percentage and three shutouts. In 39 total games this season, Bishop has posted a 22-14-2 record with a 2.13 GAA, a .930 SV% and five shutouts (5). Among League leaders, he ranks second in GAA (2.13) and SV% (.930) while sharing third in shutouts (5). In 16 road appearances in 2018-19, the netminder has a 7-8-0 record with a 2.37 GAA and a .922 SV%, and has wins in two of his last three road contests (2-1-0). Bishop has won 11-straight games (11-0-0) vs. the Buffalo Sabres, which is the second-longest active winning streak by a NHL goaltender against a single opponent (most: 12 wins, Nashville's Pekka Rinne vs. Edmonton). In 12 career contests against the Sabres, he owns an 11-0-1 record with a 1.48 GAA, a .945 SV% and two shutouts.