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.

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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 77 48 22 7 225 215 103
2 x - NSH 76 47 21 8 218 183 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
5 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 75 37 30 8 210 212 82
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 76 28 44 -4 72
T. Seguin 66 34 35 -1 69
J. Spezza 76 16 41 -3 57
J. Klingberg 59 11 27 6 38
C. Eakin 72 17 19 -2 36
T. Daley 62 16 19 -9 35
A. Goligoski 76 4 31 0 35
A. Hemsky 70 11 21 -6 32
S. Horcoff 72 11 17 8 28
V. Fiddler 74 12 14 -6 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 34 15 10 .907 2.84
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.28
 
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