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Benn and Seguin on Top Line, Ellis to Start in Goal as Stars Face Blues in Preseason Opener

Sunday, 09.15.2013 / 11:19 AM CT / News
By Mark Stepneski
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Benn and Seguin on Top Line, Ellis to Start in Goal as Stars Face Blues in Preseason Opener

Dan Ellis will get the start in goal tonight when the Dallas Stars open the preseason against the St. Louis Blues at American Airlines Center. Game time is 6 p.m.

Ellis will play the first half of the game and Jack Campbell will play the second half, according to Stars coach Lindy Ruff.

Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Erik Cole skated as a line this morning. Shawn Horcoff, Cody Eakin and Valeri Nichushkin were another line. Ruff said Horcoff and Eakin will split time at center.

“There will be a little versatility there,” Ruff said. “There will be time Shawn will be at the wing and times he will be in the middle. When Rich (Peverley) is available this season, there will be times when someone will have to go to the wing, and there will be times when Rich may have to go to the wing. Early on I want to get guys comfortable with either or.”

The defense will consist of Alex Goligoski, Brenden Dillon, Jordie Benn, Jamie Oleksiak, Kevin Connauton and John Klingberg.

“There are a lot of younger defensemen that we want to take a look at that had a good first three days (of camp),” Ruff said.

The Stars coach said he has a checklist of what he’ll be looking for from his team in this evening’s game, the first of seven preseason tilts for the Stars.

“I said to the team, I want to do the little things better than the other team,” Ruff said. “I want the execution part, I want the discipline in the game. We’re looking for all the little areas, the passing, how were defending and coming back in our own end and how we are playing in the offensive zone. Are we having enough zone time? All those little areas.”

Here was how the Stars’ lineup looked at this morning’s skate.

Benn-Seguin-Cole

Horcoff-Eakin-Nichushkin

Roussel-Fiddler-Chiasson

Gazdic-Mueller-Ritchie

Goligoski-Klingberg

Dillon-Oleksiak

Connauton-Benn

Ellis

Campbell

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
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14 EDM 53 21 27 5 131 156 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 53 28 31 15 59
T. Seguin 53 28 28 10 56
J. Klingberg 53 8 35 14 43
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 53 16 24 -1 40
C. Eakin 53 10 13 1 23
A. Goligoski 53 3 20 17 23
M. Janmark 53 10 9 13 19
A. Roussel 51 8 10 5 18
V. Nichushkin 50 6 12 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 13 5 0 .907 2.82
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