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Stars-Canadiens Preview

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dallas Stars at Montreal Canadiens
Tuesday, March 28
6:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (31-33-11) ran their points streak to four games (3-0-1) with a 2-1 overtime victory at New Jersey Sunday. Ales Hemsky tied the game with a power-play goal with 6:36 remaining in regulation and Tyler Seguin won it with a power-play goal 20 seconds into overtime.

"We're playing for each other," Seguin said. "We're coming in every day and putting in the work. We're playing with some pride. We had a stint there where everyone knows it just wasn't good enough. It wasn't how we wanted to represent our organization. As of late, we've done a better job."

Kari Lehtonen stopped 20 of 21 shots. He was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week after going 3-0-1 with a 0.98 goals-against average and .959 save percentage in helping the Stars put together the four-game points streak.

Tuesday's game is the second of a five-game road trip for the Stars.

Injuries: Jiri Hudler (lower body) is day to day. Patrick Sharp (hip surgery) and LW Antoine Roussel (hand) are out. C/LW Mattias Janmark (knee) is on injured reserve.

About the Canadiens

The Canadiens (42-24-9) defeated Ottawa 3-1 on Saturday to snap a two-game losing streak. Defenseman Andrei Markov scored two goals and chipped in an assist for Montreal, which defeated Ottawa for the third time in eight days and leads the Senators by three points in the race for first place in the Atlantic Division.

"We showed a lot of character in these [three games against Ottawa]," Markov told the Canadiens official site. "I think we played three pretty solid games. We played a full 60 minutes -- and even 65 minutes on one night. Now we have to keep our focus at the same level and continue working harder."

The Canadiens are 11-5-1 since Claude Julien took over as head coach.

D Nikita Nesterov (lower body) and F Brian Flynn (upper body) both practiced Monday and are healthy but not expected to play Tuesday.

Tuesday's game is the fifth of a six-game homestand for Montreal.

Injuries: None

Benn vs. Benn

Dallas and Montreal will meet for the first time since the Feb. 27 trade in which the Stars sent defenseman Jordie Benn to the Canadiens in exchange for defenseman Greg Pateryn and a fourth-round pick in 2017.

The game will also mark the first time that Stars captain Jamie Benn and Jordie Benn will play against each other in a game at any level.

"We've only played together, so this will be the first time we've played against each other," Jordie told Montreal media on Monday. "Obviously, it is going to be a little different. It's not the first time somebody has been traded and had to play against their old team right away. And with my brother being there, it will be a lot of fun."

"First time playing each other in an NHL game, so it is going to be fun for the both of us. We are definitely looking forward to it," Jamie said. "It was tough to see him go, but it was great to experience the NHL life with him while we had the time together. I am more excited that he can be his own person now here in Montreal and really take off with his career here."

Season Series

*This is the second and final meeting of the season between the Stars and Canadiens.

*Montreal won the first meeting, 4-3 in overtime, at Dallas on January 4.

*The Stars are 1-4-1 in their past six games in Montreal.

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars are 11-21-5 on the road.

*The Canadiens are 22-11-5 at home.

*The Stars are 11-13-4 vs. the Eastern Conference including 5-7-1 against the Atlantic Division.

*The Canadiens are 14-11-2 vs. the Western Conference including 5-7-1 against the Central Division.

*The Stars have allowed just four goals, including two at even-strength, in their past four games.

*The Canadiens have allowed one goal or fewer in seven of their past eleven games.

*Stars forward Ales Hemsky has scored four goals in the past six games.

*Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin co-lead Dallas with 25 goals.

*Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with 33 goals.

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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