Morning Skate Update

Friday, 10.11.2013 / 2:56 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Morning Skate Update

It looks like it will be Kari Lehtonen vs. Ondrej Pavelec in goal tonight when the Dallas Stars take on the Jets in Winnipeg tonight.

This will be only the second time Lehtonen has faced his former team. He stopped 29 of 30 shots when the Stars beat the then Atlanta Thrashers, 6-1, in January of 2011.

Pavelec is 2-1-0 in his career against the Stars with a 4.50 goals against average and .871 save percentage. Pavelec was in net last night, stopping 28 of 30 shots when the Jets lost 2-1 at Minnesota.

The Stars haven’t played since Saturday, when they defeated the Washington Capitals, 2-1, at American Airlines Center. The time off gave the Stars some time to work on things and they should be well-rested, but there are still some concerns with the long break.

“Initially, you think about a little bit of rust,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “Those one-on-one situations are hard to simulate in practice, and you’ve got to be ready for them. When teams have played or have played more games you are usually into the combat situations.”

Coming into tonight’s game, the Stars’ two games played are the fewest in the NHL.

Friday’s game

Who: Dallas Stars at Winnipeg Jets
Where: MTS Centre, Winnipeg
When: 7 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM

Stars projected lineup

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

Alex Goligoski-Sergei Gonchar
Brenden Dillon
-Stephane Robidas
Trevor Daley
-Jordie Benn

Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Dan Ellis

SCHEDULE

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PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

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 51 25 19 7 113 121 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
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

STATS

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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