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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 ANA 35 22 8 5 101 96 49
2 CHI 32 22 9 1 100 64 45
3 STL 32 21 9 2 98 78 44
4 NSH 30 20 8 2 81 59 42
5 SJS 33 18 11 4 94 85 40
6 WPG 33 17 10 6 80 76 40
7 VAN 31 18 11 2 89 88 38
8 LAK 33 16 11 6 90 82 38
9 CGY 34 17 15 2 98 92 36
10 MIN 30 16 12 2 86 78 34
11 DAL 31 13 13 5 89 104 31
12 COL 31 10 13 8 78 99 28
13 ARI 31 11 16 4 72 100 26
14 EDM 33 7 20 6 69 110 20

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 31 23 16 7 39
J. Benn 31 9 19 1 28
J. Spezza 31 6 18 -9 24
T. Daley 31 7 9 -13 16
A. Roussel 31 7 9 -3 16
C. Eakin 28 6 7 5 13
A. Goligoski 31 1 12 2 13
S. Horcoff 31 4 7 0 11
E. Cole 30 5 5 -5 10
R. Garbutt 23 5 5 -5 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 13 7 5 .907 2.89
A. Lindback 0 5 0 .861 4.63
 
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