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Preview: Stars aim for another road win in Vancouver

Ben Bishop will be back in goal as Dallas tries to end the Canucks' four-game winning streak

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge
Dallas Stars at Vancouver Canucks 

Monday, October 30 
9 p.m. 
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus 
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM


About the Stars

The Stars (6-5-0) won 2-1 in Calgary Friday, snapping a two-game road losing streak. Esa Lindell and Alexander Radulov scored power-play goals, and Kari Lehtonen stopped 29 shots for the Stars who won for the second time on the road this season.

"We all know that in this league it's even harder right now to win hockey games on the road. We know that well," Radulov said. "The game today, that's the character of our team. Hopefully, we're going to build on it and keep going."

C Martin Hanzal did not play the final 15 minutes of Friday's game with an undisclosed injury. He is questionable for Monday.

D Stephen Johns, who has missed the past two games with (concussion symptoms), practiced Sunday but is not expected to play Monday.

Ben Bishop will get the start in goal in Vancouver.

Monday's game is the fourth of a five-game road trip for the Stars who are 1-2-0 in the first three games.

Injuries: C Martin Hanzal (undisclosed) is questionable. D Stephen Johns (concussion symptoms) is out.


About the Canucks

The Canucks (6-3-1), one of the season's early surprises, won their fourth straight game by defeating Washington, 6-2, in Vancouver Thursday. The Canucks' power play, which had been struggling, scored three times on six chances.

"We simplified it a bit," said Canucks forward Sven Baertschi, who tallied twice on the power play. "Just getting pucks on the net and then playing off the rebounds. I thought we were really effective that way. Sometimes it's easier to go simple."

Anders Nilsson, who stopped 25 of 27 shots for Vancouver, improved to 3-1-0 on the season with a 1.88 goals against average and .943 save percentage.

Monday's game is the second of a six-game homestand for the Canucks.

Injuries: D Alexander Edler (knee), LW Loui Eriksson (knee), and D Troy Stecher (knee) are on injured reserve.


Season Series
  • This is the first of three meetings between the Stars and Canucks this season.

  • The Stars were 2-0-1 vs. the Canucks last season.

  • The Stars are 12-0-1 in their past 13 games against Vancouver.

  • The last time the Stars lost in regulation against the Canucks was Feb. 21, 2013 in Dallas.

  • The last time the Stars lost in regulation in Vancouver was Mar. 30, 2012


Statistical Tidbits
  • The Stars are 2-4-0 on the road.

  • The Canucks are 2-2-1 at home.

  • The Stars are 3-2-0 vs. the Pacific Division.

  • The Canucks are 1-1-0 vs. the Central Division.

  • The Stars rank 20th in the NHL in goal scoring (2.91/game) and are tied for 13th in goals against (2.91/game).

  • The Canucks are tied for 16th in goal scoring (3.00/game) and rank fourth in goals against (2.40/game).

  • The Canucks have allowed five goals in the past four games.

  • The Stars have scored five power-play goals in the past two games and are tops in the NHL on the power play at 32.4 percent.

  • The Canucks rank 20th on the power play at 15.2 percent.

  • The Stars are 21-21 on the penalty kill in the past seven games and rank second in the NHL at 92.1 percent.

  • The Canucks are 12-12 on the penalty kill over the past four games and rank eighth in the league at 84.2 percent.

  • Stars captain Jamie Benn is tied for eighth in the NHL in scoring with 13 points (seven goals, six assists).

  • Canucks forward Brock Boeser is tied for fifth in rookie scoring with nine points (two goals, seven 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 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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