Morning Skate Update

Saturday, 10.12.2013 / 12:55 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Morning Skate Update

Dan Ellis will get the start in goal and there will be no changes to the forward group or the defensemen when the Dallas Stars take on the Minnesota Wild tonight at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Stars coach Lindy Ruff said he saw no reason to bring fresh legs into the lineup on the second night of a back-to-back since the Stars have played just once in the previous six days, and they were able to balance out the ice time in last night’s win in Winnipeg.

“I really feel we should have fresh legs,” Ruff said. “We’ve played one game in the last six, seven days. We are getting into the grind and I am not worried about fresh legs because we used every line, every line was in double digits (as far as ice time). We didn’t have to overplay anybody. I think that can be our strength.”

That means forwards Chris Mueller and Lane MacDermid and defenseman Kevin Connauton will be healthy scratches tonight. Aaron Rome, who is traveling with the team and practicing, remains out with a hip injury.

Campbell recalled, Lehtonen day to day

The Stars recalled Jack Campbell from the Texas Stars of the AHL under emergency conditions Saturday. Campbell will back up Ellis Saturday night.

Kari Lehtonen is out with a lower body injury. Lehtonen left Friday night’s 4-1 victory at Winnipeg late in the second period. Lehtonen is officially listed as day to day.

“Jack will back up tonight and we’ll see where we are tomorrow,” Ruff said. “It’s encouraging that he could be back at practice.”

Asked to explain what happened on the play where Lehtonen was injured, Ruff didn’t reveal any details.

“Just a lower body injury,” Ruff said.

Saturday’s game

Who: Dallas Stars at Minnesota Wild
Where: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul
When: 7 p.m.
TV: TXA 21
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

Dan Ellis (starter)
Jack Campbell


This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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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

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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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