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NHL Preview from The Sports Network



Sunday, November 17th (All times Eastern)

Dallas Stars (10-7-2) at Vancouver Canucks (11-7-3), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Dallas Stars acquired Tyler Seguin this past offseason hoping he would add a boost to their offense.

He's making it look easy right now.

Coming off his first career four-goal game, Seguin will try to lead the Stars to a third straight win on Sunday night in a matchup with the Vancouver Canucks.

Seguin scored 56 goals and notched 121 points in three seasons with the Boston Bruins after they selected him second overall in the 2010 draft. He was then dealt to the Stars in a seven-player deal on July 4 and has been a solid contributor since.

The 21-year-old has scored a goal in three straight contests, including his barrage in Thursday's 7-3 win over the Calgary Flames. He added an assist as well, while Jamie Benn logged a six-point night with a goal and five assists.

Seguin notched the second hat trick of his career and has posted 12 goals with 22 points in 19 games this season, while Benn has seven goals and 22 points in that span.

"It's hard to score in this league, but sometimes you get your bounces. I was really happy with our effort tonight, especially on a back-to-back," said Seguin, who had scored an empty-net tally the previous night in Edmonton.

Benn became the first Stars skater to have a six-point game since Mike Modano in 1995, while Alex Goligoski added three assists. Kari Lehtonen ended with 25 saves as Dallas won for the fifth time in six games overall and its fifth straight on the road.

The Stars look to wrap a perfect three-game swing through Western Canada tonight against a Canucks club that dropped the opener of a six-game homestand in disappointing fashion on Thursday.

Facing the San Jose Sharks, Vancouver yielded the game-tying goal with 1:05 to go in regulation, then saw Henrik Sedin take a hooking penalty in overtime that led to the Sharks' game-winning goal in a 2-1 outcome.

Kevin Bieksa had the lone goal of the game for the Canucks, who have lost their past three and fell to 2-3-2 in their last seven. Roberto Luongo gave up both goals on 30 shots.

"It's a kick in the teeth to lose it," Canucks head coach John Tortorella said.

Forward Jannik Hansen is in line to play for Vancouver tonight for the first time in 11 games, having been out with a shoulder injury suffered when he crashed into the boards during a game on Oct. 22.

Though the Canucks have won 12 of their previous 17 versus the Stars, including six of the past eight at home, the Stars took two of three in the series last season.

Luongo is 13-5-3 with a 2.14 goals against average in his career versus the Stars, while Lehtonen is 3-7-0 with a 3.32 GAA in 11 meetings with the Canucks.

11/17 10:38:27 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
2nd Intermission
CHI 4
CAR 0
 
2nd
SAV 45
NCCU 56
 
Final
MIA 7
FIU 2
 
Final
DET 12
FLASO 2
 
Final
PHI 103
TOR 114
Final
BRK 110
GSW 108
4th
MIA 103
PHO 92
 
4th
MIN 98
LAC 102
 
3rd
DAL 75
NOP 68
 
Final
TEX 61
BAY 59
 
Final
SYR 47
UVA 59
Final
SHSU 76
CARK 49
 
Final
NWST 92
SELA 79
 
Final
NCAT 67
COOK 50
 
1st OT
HOW 58
NORST 59
 
Final
DELST 85
HAMP 75
 
Final
STEPH 83
INCWORD 62
 
Final
MCNST 70
LAM 69
 
1st OT
NO 79
NICST 89
 
2nd
SAV 45
NCCU 56
 
2nd
ALAAM 51
TXSOU 58
 
2nd
VT 30
BC 52
 
2nd
MVSU 41
GRAM 41
 
2nd
ISU 28
OKLA 48
 
2nd
ALAST 38
PVU 36
 
1st
ARKPB 34
JST 29
 
Final
NYR 4
NAS 1
2nd Intermission
CHI 4
CAR 0
 
1st
SJS 0
MON 0