Stars-Predators Notes

Saturday, 12.28.2013 / 1:27 AM
Mark Stepneski

Stars forward Alex Chiasson missed his second straight game due to illness. Chiasson took part in Friday morning’s skate at American Airlines Center and it looked like he might be ready to play, but he still wasn’t feeling well enough to go Friday night.

“He’s lost a lot of weight and he felt weak after the skate,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “The plan was to try to get him in, but he just felt he couldn’t go.”

Chiasson missed Monday’s game in Los Angeles as well.

Defenseman Aaron Rome returned to the lineup after missing four games with a hip injury. Rome played 16:59 Friday night. He had no points, was a plus-two and blocked three shots.

The Stars placed defenseman Sergei Gonchar, who missed his second straight game with concussion-like symptoms, on injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 21.

Quotable: Erik Cole on Kari Lehtonen

“His preparation and how he goes about his day inside the rink is pretty impressive. He’s got a routine, and he sticks to it. He’s not one that sits around and chats with the guys. He gets his work in and is focused on a daily basis. It’s no surprise really from our standpoint. We see how committed he is to do work every day. I know he had a little bit of a tough stretch where he wasn’t happy with his game, but at the same time we weren’t playing that great in front of him. I think there has been numerous times when we’ve needed a save, and he’s been there for us, and he just continues to impress us. “

Notes

*The Stars, who have won three straight at home and are 5-1-2 in their last eight, are now 8-4-4 at American Airlines Center this season.

*The Stars are 14-6-4 over the last 24 games.

*The Stars have allowed two goals or fewer in five straight games.

*Stars forward Erik Cole, who scored two goals Friday, has scored 6 goals over the last 12 games.

*Antoine Roussel took the Stars’ fifth penalty shot of the season. He missed, making the Stars 2-5 on penalty shots so far in 2013-14.

*The Stars were 3-3 on the penalty kill and 0-3 on the power play.

*The Stars won 46 of 86 (53 percent) of faceoffs. Rich Peverley won 16 of 24. Cody Eakin won 9 of 13. Jamie Benn won 10 of 18.

*Both teams had 34 shots on goal. Erik Cole led the Stars with 5 shots.

Stars lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin

Antoine RousselCody EakinRyan Garbutt

Erik ColeRich PeverleyColton Sceviour

Shawn HorcoffVernon FiddlerRay Whitney

Alex GoligoskiBrenden Dillon

Aaron RomeJordie Benn

Kevin ConnautonCameron Gaunce

Kari Lehtonen (starter)

Dan Ellis

Injured: Alex Chiasson (illness), Sergei Gonchar (concussion-like symptoms), Trevor Daley (lower body), Stephane Robidas (leg)

Scratched: Dustin Jeffrey

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