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Preview: Stars aim for some road success in Las Vegas

Ben Bishop to start in goal as Dallas faces the surprising, Pacific Division-leading Golden Knights

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge
Dallas Stars at Vegas Golden Knights 

Tuesday, November 28 
9:00 p.m.  
TV: Fox Sports Southwest  
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

 

About the Stars

The Stars (12-10-1) are coming off a 6-4 win over Calgary on Friday at American Airlines Center. The Stars overcame 2-1, 3-2, and 4-3 deficits in the game. Tyler Seguin scored three goals, and the Stars got contributions from all four lines.

"I just think that coming back and winning a hockey game really builds confidence. That is the most important part," said Stars coach Ken Hitchcock. "The contribution by role players helped a lot. Wins are wins but this one feels good, and they are going to be able to sit on it for a day or two."

The Stars, who have won four straight at home, now head out on the road where they have lost four straight (0-3-1) and are 3-8-1 on the season.

"When you win you always want to carry it with you," said Stars forward Mattias Janmark. "The home record and the road record kind of shows where we are as a team right now, trying to find a way to consistently win games. We are not there yet. It's great that we have the ability at home, and it shows that we can be a great team. But to become that great team we need to start doing it on the road."

Defenseman Stephen Johns, who suffered an upper-body injury in Friday's game, practiced Monday. He is probable for Tuesday.

Ben Bishop will start in goal Tuesday.

The Stars are taking fathers, other family members, and mentors with them on the two-game road trip.

Injuries: D Stephen Johns (upper body) is probable. D Marc Methot (knee) is out.

 

About the Golden Knights

The Golden Knights (15-6-1) ran their winning streak to five games with a 4-2 victory at Arizona on Saturday. Tomas Nosek, William Karlsson, and Erik Haula scored in a span of 1:42 during the second period to stake Vegas to a 3-0 lead in the game.

"We just kept finding a way," Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant told reporters. "We didn't look good in the third period, but [Malcolm Subban] got some key saves and when the game got tight, we played well."

Subban, who was returning from an injury that had sidelined him since Oct. 21, made 23 saves for Vegas which sits in first place in the Pacific Division.

Vegas forward Jonathan Marchessault was named the NHL's First Star of the Week Monday after tallying three goals and six assists in three games.

Forwards David Perron (upper body) and William Carrier (undisclosed) did not practice Monday. Both are day to day.

The Golden Knights host the Stars Tuesday and then head out for a two-game road trip to Minnesota and Winnipeg.

Injuries: F David Perron (upper body) and F William Carrier (undisclosed) are day to day. G Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion), G Oscar Dansk (lower body), D Luca Sbisa (lower body) are on injured reserve.

 

Season Series
  • This is the second of three meetings between the Stars and Golden Knights this season.

  • This is the first regular-season meeting between the Stars and Golden Knights in Las Vegas.

  • Vegas won the first meeting, 2-1, in Dallas on Oct. 6.

  • The two teams wrap up the season series on Dec. 9 in Dallas.

 

Statistical Tidbits
  • The Stars are 3-8-1 on the road.

  • The Golden Knights are 9-1-0 at home.

  • The Stars are 6-2-0 vs. the Pacific Division.

  • The Golden Knights are 12-1-0 vs. the Western Conference including 5-0-0 vs. the Central Division.

  • Vegas ranks second in the NHL in goal scoring at 3.68 per game.

  • The Stars rank 14th in goal scoring at 2.91 per game.

  • The Stars are tied for 16th in goals against at 2.96 per game.

  • Vegas is tied for 13th in goals against at 2.95 per game.

  • The Stars are 1-20 on the power play over their last six games.

  • The Stars are 20-of-27 (74.1 percent) on the penalty kill over their last seven games.

  • Stars forward Alexander Radulov has points in 12 of his past 14 games and has 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) during that stretch.

  • Golden Knights forward William Karlsson has goals in five straight games.

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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