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Tanev in Stars' lineup for Game 5

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Dallas Stars defenseman Chris Tanev was in the lineup for the Game 5 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.

Tanev departed the Stars' 5-2 Game 4 loss Wednesday after blocking a shot in the second period. Dallas listed him as questionable to return with a lower-body injury, but he didn't take another shift. He was considered a game-time decision for Game 5.

The workhorse has been a key cog for the Stars since they acquired him from the Calgary Flames prior to the trade deadline. Before his abbreviated showing in Game 4, Tanev averaged 23:26 of ice time in 16 playoff contests and was credited with 65 blocks.

Despite being tasked with some tough matchups, Dallas has controlled 53.8% of the expected goals and 51.1% of the scoring chances while outscoring teams 12-10 with Tanev on the ice at five-on-five in these playoffs, per Natural Stat Trick.

Lian Bichsel would've been in line for his NHL debut had Tanev not been able to play. The 20-year-old was drafted 18th overall by the Stars in 2022.

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