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Preview: Stars aim to keep rolling at home vs. Jets

Ben Bishop will be back in goal as the Stars seek a sixth straight win at American Airlines Center

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

Monday, October 6 
7:30 p.m.  
TV: FOX Sports Southwest  
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

 

About the Stars

The Stars (8-6-0) extended their home winning streak to five games with a 5-1 victory over Buffalo Saturday night. Five different Dallas players scored, and Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 of 28 shots. The Stars led 4-0 after one period and 5-1 after two.

"The first few minutes we were a little behind and [the Sabres] were dictating the game. But, we then got some scoring from guys who haven't done it too much, so that was huge. That got the ball rolling, and we went from there," said Lehtonen.

C Radek Faksa (lower body) and RW Tyler Pitlick (upper body) both were injured in Saturday's game. Both are doubtful for Monday. RW Brett Ritchie, who has missed the past two games with an upper-body injury, was placed on injured reserve Sunday. C Martin Hanzal, who has missed the past three games with a lower-body injury, practiced Sunday. He is questionable for Monday.

Ben Bishop will start in goal against the Jets.

Monday's game is the second of a three-game homestand for the Stars.

Injuries: C Martin Hanzal (lower body) is questionable. C Radek Faksa (lower body) and RW Tyler Pitlick (upper body) are doubtful. RW Brett Ritchie (upper body) is out.

 

About the Jets

The Jets (7-3-3) are coming off a 5-4 overtime loss to Montreal on Saturday. The Jets took a 4-2 lead in the third period with a pair of power-play goals, but Montreal bounced back to tie and then won it on Max Pacioretty's power-play goal in extra playing time.

"Obviously we'd like to close that one out," Jets captain Blake Wheeler told media. "You play 82 games, it's going to happen at some point. These guys came out hard. They were a desperate team. We got a point. We'll learn some things from this one and move on."

Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck stopped 45 of 50 shots in the loss.

The Jets are 0-3 in overtime games this season.

The overtime loss snapped the Jets winning streak at three games but extended their points streak to seven games (4-0-3).

Forward Adam Lowry is probable to play Monday after missing the last nine games with an upper-body injury.

Monday's game opens a three-game road trip for Winnipeg.

Injuries: F Adam Lowry (upper body) is probable. F Mathieu Perrault (lower body) is out.

 

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

  • The Jets won the first meeting, 5-2, in Winnipeg on Thursday.

 

Statistical Tidbits
  • The Stars are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games.

  • The Jets are 7-1-3 in their last 11 games.

  • The Stars are 5-1-0 at home.

  • The Stars have outscored their opposition 19-8 during their five-game home winning streak.

  • The Stars have outscored their opponents 9-0 in first periods at home this season.

  • The Jets are 3-1-2 on the road.

  • The Stars are 1-4-0 vs. the Central Division.

  • The Jets are 3-0-0 vs. the Central.

  • The Stars rank 18th in goal scoring (2.93/game) and ninth in goals against (2.79/game).

  • The Jets rank 12th in goal scoring (3.23/game) and are tied for 16th in goals against (3.00/game).

  • The Stars are 7-14 on the power play over their last five games and rank first in the league at 32.5 percent.

  • The Jets are 6-12 on the power play over their last four games and rank seventh in the league at 23.3 percent.

  • The Stars rank third in the league on the penalty kill at 87.8 percent.

  • The Jets rank 26th in the league on the penalty kill at 76.6 percent.

  • Stars forward Alexander Radulov has points in five straight games (four goals, four assists).

  • Jets captain Blake Wheeler has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his last four 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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