Thursday Practice Update

Thursday, 10.10.2013 / 1:44 PM CT / 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’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

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STANDINGS

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
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
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
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 7 4 6 5 10
J. Spezza 7 4 5 1 9
P. Eaves 7 2 3 3 5
P. Sharp 7 3 1 0 4
R. Faksa 7 2 2 3 4
A. Goligoski 7 2 2 -3 4
J. Klingberg 7 1 3 -2 4
A. Hemsky 7 1 3 3 4
C. Eakin 7 0 4 0 4
J. Demers 7 0 3 5 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 4 1 0 .925 2.01
A. Niemi 1 1 1 .870 3.36
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