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5:30 PM PT6:30 PM MT7:30 PM CT8:30 PM ET1:30 GMT9:30 6:30 PM MST8:30 PM EST5:30 UAE (+1)20:30 ET23:30 BRT, November 19, 2019
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas  Attendance: 18,198

Hot Stars take on struggling Canucks

Vancouver Canucks at Dallas Stars

  1. The Canucks fell to the Avalanche, 5-4, in overtime at home on Saturday, although they did rally to get a point despite trailing 4-2 with under three minutes left in regulation. All four of their goals came in the final three minutes of periods -- they had just eight such goals prior to Saturday.
  2. Brock Boeser and J.T. Miller each picked up their 20th points of the season against Colorado. Along with Elias Pettersson (25 points), they make Vancouver one of two teams in the league with a trio of 20-point players (also Washington -- Carlson, Ovechkin, Kuzentsov).
  3. Vancouver lost to Dallas, 4-2, at home last Thursday, just the second time in the last seven matchups that the Canucks haven't picked up at least one point against the Stars (4-2-1). Vancouver's penalty kill has gone 18-for-19 in those seven games, with the lone goal coming in the first of the seven.
  4. The Stars beat the Oilers, 5-4, in overtime in Edmonton on Saturday, improving to 7-0-1 in their last eight. The eight-game point streak is their longest since an 11-game streak in February-March 2012.
  5. Miro Heiskanen had a goal and an assist in the win over Edmonton, giving him five points (1g, 4a) in his last three games. He now has 47 points in 103 career games -- the only Stars defenseman with more in the last 30 years through as many games is John Klingberg, who had 73.
  6. In October, Dallas was outscored by an average of 0.50 goals per game, but is outscoring its opponents by 1.57 goals per game this month. That 2.07 increase in scoring margin is the largest in the league. Vancouver's margin per game has decreased by 2.11 goals this month, the third-largest drop in the league.

The Dallas Stars have put a porous season's start in their rear-view mirror while the Vancouver Canucks have hit the skids after an impressive beginning.

The Stars aim to continue their recent success on Tuesday when they open a four-game homestand against the Canucks.

Dallas answered eight losses in its first nine games (1-7-1) of the season with a sizzling 10-1-1 stretch, highlighted by its current eight-game point streak (7-0-1).

The Stars followed up a 4-2 victory against Vancouver on Thursday by extending their winning streak to three games with a 5-4 overtime triumph over Edmonton two days later.

The offensive performance for his traditionally defensive-minded team was music to the ears of Dallas coach Jim Montgomery.

"I actually said before the game, it'd be nice for us to win a game 6-4 or 5-4. That's what matriculated," Montgomery said, per the Dallas Morning News.

"But we feel the way we've played, especially in the last 10 games, we haven't scored earlier like we have the last three games, but we felt we were getting those chances. Just a matter of time with the players we have that we'll even start to score more."

Captain Jamie Benn ended his career-worst goal drought by converting 1:14 into overtime against the Oilers for his first goal since Oct. 10.

"I can't believe it went in," the 30-year-old British Columbia native said after Dallas overcame a two-goal deficit in the third period. "There's never any quit in our team. ... We found a way to get five (goals) and it was a great battle back by our team."

Tyler Seguin, who scored and set up a goal against the Canucks on Thursday, completed a three-point performance (one goal, two assists) by setting up Benn's tally.

Radek Faksa had an assist on Blake Comeau's goal in the third to increase his point streak to six games (three goals, four assists).

While Dallas had yet to announce its starting goaltender, Anton Khudobin turned aside 30 shots on Thursday to improve to 4-0-2 in his career vs. Vancouver.

The Canucks, who began the season with a 9-3-2 start, followed up Thursday's loss to the Stars by dropping a 5-4 overtime decision to Colorado two nights later. The setback was Vancouver's sixth in seven outings (1-4-2).

Despite the recent swoon, the Canucks can hold their heads high after defenseman Alex Edler and Brock Boeser scored 1:37 apart late in the third period on Saturday.

"I thought overall we played a pretty good game," Boeser said. "That was a huge point for us. We just have to build off it."

Adam Gaudette scored a pair of power-play goals on Saturday to boost his point total to seven (four goals, three assists) in his last eight games.

"Confidence is a huge thing this year," the 23-year-old Gaudette said. "I'm just going to try to carry that."

Fellow center Jay Beagle is expected to return for Tuesday's tilt after missing three straight games with a lower-body injury.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 18, 2019

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