Tyler Seguin has more than twice as many goals as Boston’s leading scorer and has become one of the NHL’s most feared snipers since the Bruins traded him to the Dallas Stars a year and a half ago.
He’ll look to help Dallas head into the All-Star break with a third consecutive victory as he faces his former team at home Tuesday night.
Seguin had career highs of 37 goals and 84 points in his first season with Dallas in 2013-14, and he comes into this contest tied with New York Rangers forward Rick Nash for the league lead with 28 goals.
He had a goal and an assist for the second straight game Sunday as the Stars (21-17-7) won 6-3 at Chicago. Seguin opened the scoring in the first period, then assisted on Cody Eakin’s power-play goal – his second of the game – in the third to give Dallas the lead for good.
Jamie Benn had three assists for the Stars, who still have plenty of work to do in order to get back into the Central Division race. They’re nine points back of Chicago and Winnipeg, which are tied for third.
”We’re coming together here halfway through the year,” Benn said. ”It’s just coming together as a team, playing good team defense and getting contributions from everyone.”
Brad Marchand leads the Bruins (24-16-6) with 12 goals, but he will be serving the last of a two-game suspension for slew-footing Rangers center Derick Brassard in Thursday’s 3-0 victory.
He sat out Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Columbus as Boston had its five-game winning streak snapped.
"I’m gonna be honest here, I’m disappointed," coach Claude Julien said. "I don’t care, (five) wins in a row, whatever, we just can’t afford to have those kind of outings. We’ve got to accept the blame and the responsibility. We weren’t good enough and we shouldn’t accept that."
Tuukka Rask certainly isn’t. He stopped 28 of 30 shots but realized he and the rest of the Bruins didn’t have the same push they did during the winning streak, when they outscored opponents 16-6.
"We’ve been talking about it a while like we’re going to take every game like it’s the most important game of the year," Rask said. "I’m going back to our old game and how we want to play this game and when the effort is (like it was Saturday), it’s a huge step back. It’s a tough one to swallow.
"There’s more hockey left, so we just have to try to regain that confidence and that work ethic we had and try to recapture it."
Rask is 4-1-1 with a .950 save percentage over his last six starts, but it’s unclear if he’ll get the nod in this contest with Boston playing at Colorado on Wednesday before heading into the break. Backup Niklas Svedberg’s last start was Jan. 8, when he made 14 saves in a 3-0 win over New Jersey.
Kari Lehtonen stopped 28 shots in Dallas’ 5-4 win over Washington on Friday before making 38 saves the following night against Chicago. Coach Lindy Ruff could elect to give Lehtonen an extra day of rest before the break and start Anders Lindback.
Defenseman Trevor Daley has missed the last two with an undisclosed injury and is expected to sit Tuesday, which would give him another week’s rest before Dallas plays again.
Seguin had two assists in his second game against the Bruins on Jan. 16, 2014. Boston won 4-2 to snap a two-game skid in the series.