Vancouver Canucks at Dallas Stars: Preview, Lineups

The Vancouver Canucks are coming off their best effort of the season, and will look to carry that momentum into Dallas

After a disappointing loss to the Chicago Blackhawks last Sunday, the Vancouver Canucks rebounded strongly in Arizona, defeating the Coyotes 4-1.

Though some will be quick to point out that Arizona is among the NHL’s worst teams in 2016-17, the Canucks hadn’t played a full 60 minutes all season until Tuesday.

The Canucks snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Dallas Stars two weeks ago. They’ll try to make it two-straight wins on Friday.

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OVERVIEW:

2016-17 Record: 8-10-2

Away Record: 26-1

2015-16 Record vs. Stars: 0-1-2

Goals For: 45

Goals Against: 62

Power Play: 11.9% (28th)

Penalty Kill: 83.9% (10th)

Leading Scorers: Daniel Sedin (20 GP -– 6 G -– 7 A -–13 PTS), Bo Horvat (20 GP – – 7 G -– 6 A -– 13 PTS), Henrik Sedin (20 GP -– 5 G -– 7 A –- 12 PTS).

Injuries: Jack Skille (upper-body, day-to-day), Derek Dorsett (shoulder, day-to-day), Jannik Hansen (fractured rib, early/mid-December), Chris Tanev (foot, late November), Anton Rodin (knee, indefinite).

WHO’’S ON OFFENCE:

Daniel Sedin: This hasn’t been a great start for Daniel, but he’s still leading the team in scoring. What else is new?

Bo Horvat: Here’s the ninth-overall pick from 2013 Canucks fans have been waiting for. At this pace, Horvat could hit the 30-goal mark.

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WHO’’S ON DEFENCE:

Troy Stecher: In what’s been a disappointing season, the Canucks at least have an enticing rookie on the backend.

WHO’’S IN NET:

Jacob Markstrom: He’d love to bounce back after a porous third period and overtime performance last Saturday.

PROJECTED LINEUP:

Daniel Sedin — Henrik Sedin — Brandon Sutter
Markus Granlund — Michael Chaput — Loui Eriksson
Sven Baertschi — Bo Horvat— — Alexandre Burrows
Jack Skille/Joseph LaBate — Brendan Gaunce — Jayson Megna

Alex Edler — Troy Stecher
Ben Hutton — Erik Gudbranson
Luca Sbisa — Nikita Tryamkin

Jacob Markstrom
Ryan Miller

Dallas Stars

OVERVIEW:

2016-17 Record: 8-8-5

Home Record: 5-3-2

2015-16 Record vs. (Canucks): 3-0

Goals For: 55

Goals Against: 71

Power Play: 18.3% (14th)

Penalty Kill: 78.1% (27th)

Leading Scorers: Tyler Seguin (21 GP -– 7 G -– 15 A – –22 PTS), Patrick Eaves (20 GP -– 9 G -– 7 A –- 16 PTS), Jamie Benn (21 GP – 6 –G -– 10 A-– 16 PTS).

Injuries: Johnny Oduya (lower body, out indefinitely)

WHO’’S ON OFFENCE:

Tyler Seguin: The flashy centre is enjoying another strong season in Dallas, leading the team in scoring and is among the top scorers.

Patrick Eaves: He’s off to a career-best start, but can he keep it going?

WHO’’S ON DEFENCE:

Dan Hamhuis: He’s the lone bright spot on an otherwise porous defence, but Hamhuis’ leadership and effective play in his own zone can’t be ignored.

WHO’’S IN NET:

Kari Lehtonen: It’s been a disappointing year for Lehtonen, but a win against the Canucks could be all he needs to get hot again.

PROJECTED LINEUP:

Jamie Benn – Cody Eakin – Tyler Seguin
Patrick Sharp – Jason Spezza – Patrick Eaves
Antoine Roussel – Radek Faksa – Brett Ritchie
Lauri Korpikoski – Devin Shore – Adam Cracknell

Dan Hamhuis – Julius Honka
Jordie Benn – Stephen Johns
Esa Lindell – Jamie Oleksiak

Antti Niemi
Kari Lehtonen

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