Monday Notes

Monday, 10.21.2013 / 2:11 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Monday Notes
Stars forward Ryan Garbutt will have a hearing with the NHL for his hit on Anaheim\u2019s Dustin Penner in Sunday night\u2019s game, but when the hearing will be held is still up in the air.

Stars forward Ryan Garbutt will have a hearing with the NHL for his hit on Anaheim’s Dustin Penner in Sunday night’s game, but when the hearing will be held is still up in the air.

“The league has two or three (hearings) today, so they are waiting to get through those to see where they are at,” Stars GM Jim Nill said. “The league will call me later today or early tomorrow.”

The league has offered Garbutt an in-person hearing, which means the suspension could top five games. The league is looking at charging and an illegal check to the head as infractions on the play, which knocked Penner out of the game. Nill said he didn’t want to comment on the hit.

“It’s a fast game out there and things happen,” Nill said. “I’d rather not comment on it.”

Lehtonen activated

The Stars activated goaltender Kari Lehtonen from injured reserve on Monday and assigned Jack Campbell to the Texas Stars of the AHL.

That’s a sign that Lehtonen, who has missed the last five games with a lower body injury, should be ready for the Stars’ next game, which is Thursday versus Calgary at American Airlines Center.

“We’re anticipating he’ll be ready Thursday, yes.” Nill said of Lehtonen.

Roster situation

If Ryan Garbutt is suspended, he’ll remain on the active roster. Aaron Rome, who has been on a conditioning assignment, has been on the active roster as well.

So, the Stars are at 23 players and have no room for moves other than the goaltender change and bringing Rome back from his conditioning assignment, which they did Monday afternoon. Rome will be at practice Tuesday morning in Frisco.

With Rome being recalled the Stars will have 13 forwards (12 eligible if Garbutt is suspended), 8 defensemen and 2 goaltenders for a full 23-man roster.

Nill on the Stars season so far

The Stars have seen some ups and downs over the first eight games of the season, posting a 3-5-0 record. They had a big win over San Jose on Thursday and then followed it up with a 5-2 loss in Los Angeles on Saturday and then a 6-3 loss in Anaheim on Sunday.

Stars GM Jim Nill gave a brief assessment about his team’s start to the season Monday afternoon.

“We’ve done some great things, we’ve had some stinkers, periods where we’ve been great, periods where we’ve been bad,” Nill said. “We’ve got some players who have bad habits that need to be broken. It’s been years of bad habits and that needs to get changed. I think we’ve got some older guys that need to play a lot better, some of our veterans need to step up and play better, too. It’s kind of a combination.

“On top of it, we’ve had our No. 1 goalie out for five games. It’s a tough league. Dan (Ellis) and Jack (Campbell) have come in and played great, but for the long haul you still need your No. 1 goalie.”

Quotable

"It's my favorite; a big challenge. I was really happy I got to play against Anaheim. I just wish I could have played a little better and helped the team win. But it was a lot of fun, and it's great to play against some of the best players in the game on Anaheim."

-Stars goaltender Jack Campbell on making his NHL debut Sunday vs. the Ducks

The week ahead

The Stars had Monday off. Here’s the schedule for the rest of the week.

Tuesday and Wednesday: Practice in Frisco

Thursday: Calgary Flames at Dallas Stars, American Airlines Center

Friday: Practice in Frisco

Saturday: Winnipeg Jets at Dallas Stars, American Airlines Center

Sunday: Practice in Frisco

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 76 47 22 7 222 213 101
2 NSH 75 46 21 8 214 180 100
3 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
4 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
5 MIN 75 43 25 7 215 185 93
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 74 37 23 14 199 184 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 DAL 75 36 29 10 232 240 82
11 SJS 74 36 30 8 207 210 80
12 COL 74 34 28 12 200 206 80
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 75 23 44 8 158 249 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 75 27 44 -6 71
T. Seguin 65 33 34 -3 67
J. Spezza 75 16 40 -4 56
J. Klingberg 58 10 27 5 37
C. Eakin 71 17 17 -4 34
A. Goligoski 75 4 30 -1 34
T. Daley 61 16 17 -10 33
A. Hemsky 69 11 21 -7 32
S. Horcoff 71 11 17 7 28
V. Fiddler 73 12 14 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 33 15 10 .907 2.84
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.28
 
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