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Thursday Practice Update

Thursday, 10.10.2013 / 2:44 PM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Thursday Practice Update
Stars coach Lindy Ruff tinkered with his forward lines a bit for Thursday\u2019s practice, and said the goal was to have some balance.

Stars coach Lindy Ruff tinkered with his forward lines a bit for Thursday’s practice, and said the goal was to have some balance.

Rich Peverley was again playing right wing on the top line with center Tyler Seguin and left wing Jamie Benn. Cody Eakin centered Ray Whitney and Alex Chiasson. Shawn Horcoff had Antoine Roussel and Erik Cole on his wings. Vernon Fiddler centered Ryan Garbutt and Valeri Nichushkin.

“I like the balance on the lines. We have a little bit of size and good speed on all the lines,” Ruff said. “You need secondary scoring, and the way it is spread out we hope to get that.”

Peverley took some of the faceoffs on the top line during Thursday’s practice and that means he could end up playing center at times with Seguin shifting to the right wing.

“On some of those setups he’d just be the centerman,” said Ruff. “It’s a natural position for him and Tyler is used to playing right. If they decide to switch on that, then he’ll be the guy that is playing down low for a while.”

Rome 7-10 days away

Stars defenseman Aaron Rome, who is recovering from a procedure on his hip, wasn’t wearing the red no contact jersey for the first time since he started practicing with the team a little more than a week ago.

Rome, who will travel with the team on the upcoming road trip, isn’t expected to play in any of the games, but the Stars do have a timeframe for his return to the lineup.

“Rome will travel and practice,” Ruff said. “He’s getting closer. He’s probably within a week to ten days of starting to play games.”

Rome had the procedure on his hip just prior to training camp.

Stars practice lineup

Here’s how the Stars lined up in Thursday’s practice in Frisco.

Jamie Benn-Tyler Seguin-Rich Peverley
Ray Whitney
-Cody Eakin-Alex Chiasson
Antoine Roussel
-Shawn Horcoff-Erik Cole
Ryan Garbutt
-Vernon Fiddler-Valeri Nichushkin
Lane MacDermid
-Chris Mueller

Alex Goligoski-Sergei Gonchar
Brenden Dillon
-Stephane Robidas
Trevor Daley
-Jordie Benn
Aaron Rome
(injured)-Kevin Connauton

Kari Lehtonen
Dan Ellis

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 63 23 37 -3 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 63 15 37 -5 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 60 16 17 -10 33
J. Klingberg 49 10 23 1 33
C. Eakin 60 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 57 9 17 -9 26
A. Goligoski 63 2 24 1 26
A. Roussel 61 12 11 -11 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 25 2 .900 3.30
 
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