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Friday update: Alex Goligoski back in tonight

Friday, 02.8.2013 / 1:48 PM CT / News
By Mark Stepneski
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Friday update: Alex Goligoski back in tonight

Defenseman Alex Goligoski, a healthy scratch in Wednesday’s game against Edmonton, will be back in the lineup tonight when the Dallas Stars take on the Anaheim Ducks at American Airlines Center.

“We’re just looking for him to regain some of the pep in his step and the pep in his game,” Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said when asked about his expectations for Goligoski. “We want him to help us on the power play. We want him to take charge out there, which he is capable of doing.”

Goligoski said Wednesday’s healthy scratch was the first for him since his rookie year in Pittsburgh.

“Initially it was a slap, then you cool down a little bit and realize some things and take positives out of it,” said Goligoski. “There’s definitely another level of my game that I really haven’t gotten to yet. I’ve just got to keep working out there, find it and just go play.”

Goligoski will be paired with Jamie Oleksiak tonight. Philip Larsen, who played Wednesday in Edmonton, will be scratched for the fourth time in the last five games.

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said he will go with the same group of forwards as the last game, meaning Tom Wandell and Ryan Garbutt will sit out. It will be the fifth straight scratch for Wandell and the third for Garbutt.

Kari Lehtonen will start in goal for the Stars tonight.

Here’s the projected Dallas lineup.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
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11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 8 5 7 7 12
J. Spezza 8 4 5 0 9
C. Eakin 8 0 7 3 7
A. Goligoski 8 3 2 -3 5
P. Eaves 7 2 3 3 5
P. Sharp 8 3 1 2 4
R. Faksa 8 2 2 2 4
J. Klingberg 8 1 3 -2 4
A. Hemsky 8 1 3 2 4
M. Janmark 7 1 3 0 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 4 1 0 .906 2.45
A. Niemi 1 2 2 .892 2.73
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