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Ray Whitney to Return Tuesday vs. Ducks

Monday, 11.25.2013 / 2:53 PM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Ray Whitney to Return Tuesday vs. Ducks
Ray Whitney, who has missed the last five games with a groin injury, will be back in the lineup Tuesday night when the Stars take on the Anaheim Ducks at American Airlines Center.

Ray Whitney, who has missed the last five games with a groin injury, will be back in the lineup Tuesday night when the Stars take on the Anaheim Ducks at American Airlines Center.

Whitney was back in a familiar spot in Monday’s practice, skating on the left wing with center Cody Eakin and right wing Alex Chiasson.

“Ray is back in,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “We threw him back with Eaks and Chaser. He’s ready to go and we’ll put him back on our power play unit and see if he can help us there.”

Erik Cole, who had been playing with Eakin and Chiasson, skated with Vernon Fiddler and Rich Peverley on Monday.

Ruff looking to get Ellis a start soon

Kari Lehtonen’s 14th straight start didn’t go well. He gave up five goals on 18 shots and was pulled early in the third period in Saturday’s 6-1 loss at St. Louis. Ruff thinks it might be time to give Lehtonen a night off in the near future and give backup Dan Ellis a start.

“I really believe Dan is going to have to go in and play,” Ruff said. “It isn’t even so much the physical fatigue, I think it’s the mental burn on the goaltender. Although we’ve given him (Lehtonen) extra days, he had an extra day before St. Louis, a goaltender needs to sit there and enjoy where he doesn’t have the mental stress of a game. Kari’s played really well. He had a tough night, but he’s played really well in this stretch.”

Asked if Lehtonen’s night off could come Tuesday against the Ducks, Ruff wouldn’t tip his hand.

“You’re pressing me too hard now,” Ruff said, drawing laughs from the media.

Stars look to get on track at home

The Stars, who have lost their last two games, play their next three games at home. The Stars have struggled at American Airlines Center recently, going 0-2-2 in their last four contests

“More important is to focus on the next game. We’ve lost two in a row, stop it at two and get going in the other direction again,” Ruff said. “We’ve done some real good things in the games, but we haven’t won.”

The first two games of the homestand are against some stiff competition. Tuesday it is Anaheim, which leads the Pacific Division, and then on Friday it is Chicago, the top team in the Central Division.

“We’re in a tough stretch against some pretty good teams. Those are the teams we are going to have to beat to move up in the standings,” said Stars forward Shawn Horcoff. “We put together one pretty good streak together before, we’ve fallen off a little bit here, but we have to put another together. That is all there is to it.”

Practice lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin
Ray Whitney
Cody EakinAlex Chiasson
Erik Cole
Vernon FiddlerRich Peverley
Antoine Roussel
/Dustin JeffreyShawn HorcoffRyan Garbutt

Brenden DillonStephane Robidas
Alex Goligoski
Trevor Daley
Jordie Benn
Sergei Gonchar
Aaron Rome
Kevin Connauton

Kari Lehtonen
Dan Ellis


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 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 62 37 20 5 183 146 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 60 29 19 12 162 153 70
9 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 61 23 37 -1 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 61 14 37 -3 51
E. Cole 56 18 14 4 32
J. Klingberg 47 10 22 4 32
T. Daley 58 16 15 -11 31
A. Hemsky 55 9 17 -7 26
A. Goligoski 61 2 24 4 26
C. Eakin 58 12 13 -3 25
A. Roussel 59 11 11 -11 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 9 .906 2.96
J. Enroth 13 24 2 .900 3.31
 
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