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Preview: Carolina first up as Stars open three-game road trip

Ben Bishop is expected to get the nod in goal as Dallas looks for a season sweep of the Hurricanes

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge
Dallas Stars at Carolina Hurricanes

Monday, November 13
6:00 p.m.
TV: FOX Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

 

About the Stars

The Stars (9-7-0) concluded a three-game homestand with a 5-0 win over the New York Islanders on Friday. Five different Dallas players scored goals, including defenseman John Klingberg, who had one goal and two assists, and Ben Bishop stopped 14 shots for his first shutout as a Star.

"It was a pretty complete game from us top to bottom," said Stars center Jason Spezza who scored his first goal of the season. "We did a good job of getting that lead. We've talked about playing from behind and how it's been tough on us. We got off to the lead and makes it for an easier game for us."

The Stars went 2-1-0 on the homestand and improved to 6-2-0 at American Airlines Center this season. The Stars are 8-4-0 in their last 12 games overall.

Forward Tyler Pitlick, who has been out with an upper-body injury, practiced Sunday and is ready to return to the lineup.

Defenseman Marc Methot (lower body) skated before Sunday's practice but did not travel with the team.

Bishop will start in goal Monday.

Monday's game is the first of a three-game road trip for the Stars. They also play at Florida (Tuesday) and Tampa Bay (Thursday).

Injuries: D Marc Methot (lower body) is out.

 

About the Hurricanes

The Hurricanes (6-5-4) are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to Chicago on Saturday night in Raleigh. The Hurricanes had a 3-1 lead heading into the third period, but the Blackhawks rallied to tie and then won on Brandon Saad's goal 1:44 into overtime.

"It's tough," Hurricanes forward Derek Ryan told media. "You've got to be able to close those ones out. I thought they got a couple of bounces, but at the same time we have to make sure we're locking it up defensively, and we didn't do that."

The Hurricanes have points in four straight games (2-0-2).

Monday's game concludes a two-game homestand for Carolina.

Injuries: None

 

Season Series
  • This is the second and final meeting of the season between the Stars and Hurricanes.

  • The Stars won the first meeting, 4-3, in Dallas on Oct. 21.

  • The Stars have won six straight games against Carolina.

 

Statistical Tidbits
  • The Stars are 3-5-0 on the road.

  • The Hurricanes are 2-2-3 at home.

  • The Stars are 4-0-0 vs. the Eastern Conference.

  • The Hurricanes are 3-4-3 vs. the Western Conference including 1-4-1 against the Central Division.

  • The Stars rank 16th in goal scoring at 2.94 per game and eighth in goals against at 2.69 per game.

  • The Hurricanes rank 23rd in goal scoring at 2.67 per game and 11th in goals against at 2.73 per game.

  • The Stars rank first on the power play at 31.3 percent and third on the penalty kill at 87.5 percent.

  • Carolina ranks 29th on the power play at 12.2 percent and 15th on the penalty kill at 81.3 percent.

  • The Hurricanes have been shorthanded 32 times this season, the fewest number in the league.

  • The Hurricanes have allowed six power-play goals against, tied for second fewest in the league.

  • The Stars have allowed seven power-play goals, fourth fewest in the league.

  • Defenseman John Klingberg leads the Stars in scoring with 18 points (four goals, 14 assists).

  • Forward Justin Williams leads the Hurricanes in scoring with 13 points (two goals, 11 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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