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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 55 35 16 4 153 127 74
2 DAL 52 33 14 5 169 137 71
3 STL 54 29 17 8 128 128 66
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 50 27 19 4 145 132 58
6 COL 54 27 23 4 146 148 58
7 NSH 52 24 20 8 130 137 56
8 ANA 49 24 18 7 106 113 55
9 MIN 51 23 19 9 126 122 55
10 ARI 51 24 21 6 136 156 54
11 VAN 51 20 19 12 119 138 52
12 CGY 49 22 24 3 129 145 47
13 WPG 50 22 25 3 129 143 47
14 EDM 52 21 26 5 130 151 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 52 28 30 16 58
T. Seguin 52 27 28 12 55
J. Klingberg 52 8 35 17 43
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 52 16 24 -1 40
C. Eakin 52 10 13 2 23
A. Goligoski 52 3 20 20 23
M. Janmark 52 10 9 13 19
A. Roussel 50 8 10 6 18
V. Nichushkin 49 6 12 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 9 5 .910 2.46
K. Lehtonen 13 5 0 .908 2.82
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