Nichushkin Out, MacDermid in for Tonight’s Game

Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 3:57 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Nichushkin Out, MacDermid in for Tonight\u2019s Game

The Stars are expected to make one lineup change for tonight’s game against the Colorado Avalanche in Denver.

Forward Valeri Nichushkin will be a healthy scratch and Lane MacDermid will slip into the lineup and take Nichushkin’s spot on the fourth line with Vernon Fiddler and Ryan Garbutt.

The Stars are giving the 18-year-old Nichushkin a night off to watch. He’s played a lot over the past month, including the NHL Prospect Tournament, Stars training camp scrimmages, six preseason games and the first four games of the NHL regular season.

“We just felt that he's played a lot of hockey and it would be good to let him take a break and watch a game,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “I think that can be a good way for him to maybe see the game differently and learn a few things.”

Nichushkin, the Stars’ first round pick (10th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft, has no points and one shot on goal in four games this season.

“There's probably some frustration there,” Ruff said. “He's putting a lot of pressure on himself to score goals, and he needs to just relax and play his game. He's a young player, and he's just going through the adjustments that any young player will go through.”

This will be the first appearance of the season for MacDermid.

Other than the MacDermid for Nichushkin swap, the lineup is expected to match what Ruff rolled out Saturday against Minnesota.

Dan Ellis will get the start in goal.

Tuesday’s game

Who: Dallas Stars at Colorado Avalanche
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver
When: 8 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
Lane MacDermid
-Vernon Fiddler-Ryan Garbutt

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

Dan Ellis (starter)
Jack Campbell

Avalanche projected lineup

Gabriel Landeskog-Paul Stastny-Alex Tanguay
Ryan O'Reilly-Matt Duchene-Steve Downie
Jamie McGinn-Nathan MacKinnon-PA Parenteau
Cody McLeod-John Mitchell- Patrick Bordeleau

Erik Johnson-Jan Hejda
Ryan Wilson-Nate Guenin
Andre Benoit-Cory Sarich

Semyon Varlamov (starter)
J-S Giguere

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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