The Canes are 2-1 on the trip so far, beating the Coyotes and Golden Knights after dropping the first game of the four-game swing in St. Louis. Tuesday will mark the first meeting between the Stars and Hurricanes this season, and it’s been a long time since Dallas has even mustered a goal against Carolina. The Canes shut the Stars out in both meetings of the 2018-19 season, and the last time Dallas scored against Carolina was way back in November of 2017.
A big storyline for the Canes on this road trip has been the line combination of Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen and Andrei Svechnikov. The Canes’ three superstars were paired up with each other during the win over Arizona, and stayed together against Vegas. They’ll likely be with each other again Tuesday night in Dallas.
Against Arizona, Aho, Teravainen and Svechnikov combined for four goals and seven points. Against Vegas, the trio had two goals and five points. Aho is leading the way and is on a five-game goal streak, while Svechnikov and Teravainen are also sporting points streaks.
With the SAT line leading the way and Petr Mrazek expected to be in net, here is how Rod Brind’Amour’s team will line up in Dallas:
Andrei Svechnikov - Sebastian Aho - Teuvo Teravainen
Warren Foegele - Jordan Staal - Martin Necas
Ryan Dzingel - Erik Haula - Nino Niederreiter
Brock McGinn - Lucas Wallmark - Justin Williams
Jaccob Slavin - Trevor van Riemsdyk
Jake Gardiner - Brett Pesce
Haydn Fleury - Joel Edmundson
Injuries and Scratches: Dougie Hamilton (leg), Jordan Martinook (upper body)
The Stars currently hold the Central Division’s third playoff spot with 67 points, the exact same point total that has the Hurricanes two points back of the Eastern Conference’s second wild card spot.
Tyler Seguin currently has a team-high 40 points, while Roope Hintz leads the Stars with 17 goals. Dallas doesn’t have anyone over the 20 goal mark yet this season, but the Stars do have six guys with more than 10.
Dallas is coming off an overtime win over St. Louis, which was propelled by a game winner from Hintz. In net for the Stars will be Anton Khudobin, whose 2.32 GAA is the sixth best in the NHL. Only the Blue Jackets and Bruins have allowed less goals per game this season than the Stars, who use good goaltending and blue liners to lead the way.
Center Joe Pavelski is on a five-game point streak for Dallas, but he will be a game-time decision with an upper-body injury. If Pavelski can go, here is how interim head coach Rick Bowness’ team will line up:
Jamie Benn - Jason Dickinson - Denis Gurianov
Roope Hintz - Tyler Seguin - Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano - Radek Faksa - Blake Comeau
Mattias Janmark - Joe Pavelski - Alexander Radulov
Esa Lindell - John Klingberg
Jamie Oleksiak - Miro Heiskanen
Andrej Sekera - Stephen Johns
Injuries and Scratches: Taylor Fedun (healthy), Joel Kiviranta (healthy), Roman Polak (healthy)