Stars-Rangers Morning Skate

Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 12:52 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Rangers Morning Skate

Stars forward Alex Chiasson, who was injured in Wednesday’s practice after taking a puck to the face, skated this morning and will play tonight against the New York Rangers.

“It’s just a little sore. There’s nothing that would cause any concern,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “Obviously we were worried about it yesterday, but he’s going to be OK.”

Chiasson was injured when a deflected puck caught him in the face. He wore a protective shield at this morning’s skate at American Airlines Center.

“I’m feeling OK,” Chiasson said. “Yesterday for an hour or two, I was kind of scared. I didn’t know what was going on, but I am glad I am good. … It will be sore a couple of days, but I’ll be OK to go tonight.”

Forward Ray Whitney skated with the team this morning, but will miss his fourth straight game with a groin injury.

“He is getting closer,” said Ruff. “He’s had two practices that we’ve ramped up a certain degree, but he still hasn’t done any of the heavy stopping and starting. We’d like to get him into some of that today and some of that tomorrow. We’ll see where he is tomorrow if he gets in a good workout today.”

MacDermid clears waivers

Forward Lane MacDermid cleared waivers Thursday morning. The Stars are expected to send him to the Texas Stars of the AHL at some point.

Quotable: Rangers forward Brad Richards on Jamie Benn

Thursday’s game is the first time Brad Richards has played in Dallas since departing the Stars as a free agent at the end of the 2010-11 season. Among the topics Richards talked about after Thursday morning’s skate was Stars captain Jamie Benn. Richards and Benn played together two seasons in Dallas.

“He’s a great player. Saw that a long time ago,” Richards said. “He wasn’t near as much work as say James (Neal) was off the ice, but he was still young mentally. But he kind of sat back and always was observing and watching people. You could tell he was soaking a lot of things in early. A very respectful young player, which it’s 50-50 now sometimes to be honest with you. Some guys come in and think they know it all, but he was not like that and you just see him growing better and better on and off the ice every year. It’s great for him to be a captain. He’ll help out that situation for a long time.”

Thursday’s game
Who: New York Rangers at Dallas Stars
Where: American Airlines Center
When: 7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

Stars projected lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin
Erik Cole
Cody EakinAlex Chiasson
Antoine Roussel
- Vernon FiddlerRich Peverley
Dustin Jeffrey
Shawn HorcoffRyan Garbutt

Brenden DillonStephane Robidas
Alex Goligoski
Trevor Daley
Jordie Benn
Sergei Gonchar

Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Dan Ellis

Rangers projected lineup

Rick Nash – Brad Richards – Ryan Callahan
Chris Kreider – Derek Stepan – Mats Zuccarello
Benoit Pouliot – Derick Brassard – Carl Hagelin
Brian Boyle – Dominic Moore – Derek Dorsett

Ryan McDonagh – Dan Girardi
Marc Staal – Anton Stralman
John Moore - Michael Del Zotto

Henrik Lundqvist (starter)
Cam Talbot

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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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 53 21 20 12 123 143 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 54 28 33 16 61
T. Seguin 54 28 30 11 58
J. Klingberg 54 9 35 15 44
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 54 16 24 -1 40
A. Goligoski 54 4 20 17 24
C. Eakin 54 10 13 1 23
M. Janmark 54 10 10 13 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 51 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 14 5 0 .909 2.82
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