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Preview: Stars look to keep rolling at home against Canadiens

Dallas has won seven of its last eight games at American Airlines Center

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge
Montreal Canadiens at Dallas Stars 

Tuesday, November 21 
7:30 p.m.  
TV: Fox Sports Southwest  
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM


About the Stars

The Stars (10-9-1) are coming off a 6-3 win over Edmonton on Saturday. Six different Dallas players scored goals and 12 registered points as the Stars snapped a three-game winless streak with a physical, gritty win over Edmonton.

"It was huge," said Stars forward Tyler Pitlick, who assisted on Radek Faksa's game-winning goal. "It was a good team effort. Everyone was going and contributing. We got some five-on-five goals, which we've been struggling with lately. Guys stepped up to the physical play. That was nice to see. There were a lot of good things to see."

The Stars have won seven of their past eight games at home.

Defenseman Marc Methot is expected to miss four to six weeks after undergoing knee surgery.

Center Martin Hanzal suffered a hand injury late in Saturday's game and is expected to miss three to seven days.

Goaltender Kari Lehtonen is out on personal leave after his wife gave birth to a son, Remi, over the weekend.

The Stars recalled defenseman Julius Honka and goaltender Mike McKenna from the Texas Stars of the AHL on Monday.

Ben Bishop will start in goal Tuesday.

Tuesday's game wraps up a two-game homestand for the Stars.

Injuries: G Kari Lehtonen (personal), C Martin Hanzal (hand) and D Marc Methot (knee) are out.


About the Canadiens

The Canadiens (8-11-2) lost their third straight game, falling 6-0 to Toronto in Montreal on Saturday. The game was scoreless until Toronto scored two goals 37 seconds apart just over 12 minutes into the second period. The Maple Leafs tacked on four more goals in the third period.

"We had a good performance in the first half, but we collapsed in the second period," Canadiens coach Claude Julien said. "The scoreline says it all."

The Canadiens fell to 1-3-1 in their past five games overall.

Goaltender Antti Niemi, who was claimed off waivers from Florida, played in relief in the third period and stopped three of four shots. Niemi, who started the season with Pittsburgh, became the fifth NHL goaltender to play for three teams in one season.

Goaltender Carey Price, who has been out since early November with a lower-body injury, practiced Monday and is traveling with the team but is not ready to return. Charlie Lindgren is the expected starter in goal Tuesday.

Defenseman David Schlemko (hand) also practiced Monday, and is traveling with the team. 

Tuesday's game is the first of a two-game road trip for Montreal.

Injuries: G Carey Price (lower body) and D David Schlemko (hand) are day to day. G Al Montoya (concussion), RW Artturi Lehkonen (lower body), RW Nikita Scherbak (knee), and RW Ales Hemsky (concussion-like symptoms) are out.


Season Series
  • This is the first of two meetings between the Stars and Canadiens this season.

  • The Stars were 0-1-1 vs. Montreal last season.


Statistical Tidbits
  • The Stars are 7-2-0 at home.

  • The Canadiens are 4-6-0 on the road.

  • The Stars are 4-2-1 vs. the Eastern Conference.

  • The Canadiens are 3-8-0 vs. the Western Conference.

  • The Stars are allowing 1.89 goals per game at home, best in the league.

  • The Canadiens rank 30th in the league in goal scoring at 2.38 per game.

  • The Stars rank second in the league on the power play at 27.4 percent.

  • The Canadiens rank 28th on the penalty kill at 75.7 percent.

  • The Stars have allowed nine power-play goals over their last nine games and are 25-34 (73.5 percent) on the penalty kill during that stretch.

  • The Canadiens are 1-15 on the power play over their last seven games.

  • Jamie Benn leads the Stars with 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists).

  • Brendan Gallagher, Shea Weber, and Jonathan Drouin co-lead the Canadiens with 13 points apiece

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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