Seguin out Tonight, Connauton In on Defense

Tuesday, 12.3.2013 / 1:49 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Seguin out Tonight, Connauton In on Defense

Tyler Seguin will miss his second straight game with concussion-like symptoms when the Dallas Stars take on the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center Tuesday night.

Seguin, who was injured in Friday night’s game against the Blackhawks at American Airlines Center, is expected to skate with the Stars Wednesday in Toronto.

“He’s doing well. He did really well yesterday. He’ll be one guy that could skate tomorrow and there’s a possibility he could play in Toronto (Thursday),” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “It’s really encouraging.”

Kevin Connauton will get the nod on defense tonight as the Stars play their second game without Stephane Robidas, who will be out 4-6 months with a leg fracture. This will be Connauton’s second game with the Stars this season.

“He’s really worked hard in practices,” said Ruff. “In his first game, early on he was OK and as the game went on he got better. He skates well, he shoots the puck well and he knows our system really well. I told him the other day that I am going to play him, so it’s up to him to play well now.”

Ruff said he expects to keep Alex Goligoski and Trevor Daley together as a pair, but will do some shuffling with the rest of the defense.

“We’ll see how it looks and if we have to make adjustments during the game we will,” Ruff said.

Jamie Oleksiak, who played on defense in Sunday’s game against Edmonton, will be a healthy scratch. Travis Morin, called up from the AHL Monday, is expected to be scratched as well. Aaron Rome is on injured reserve along with Robidas.

Kari Lehtonen was the first goaltender off the ice this morning, so he is expected to be in net versus the Blackhawks.

Tuesday’s game
Who: Dallas Stars at Chicago Blackhawks
Where: United Center, Chicago
When: 7:00 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Network
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

Stars projected lineup

Jamie BennCody EakinAlex Chiasson
Ray Whitney
Dustin JeffreyRich Peverley
Antoine Roussel
Vernon Fiddler- Ryan Garbutt
Erik Cole
Shawn HorcoffValeri Nichushkin

Alex GoligoskiTrevor Daley
Brenden Dillon
Sergei Gonchar
Kevin Connauton
Jordie Benn

Kari Lehtonen
Dan Ellis

Blackhawks projected lineup

Center Michal Handzus is unlikely to play tonight, so defenseman Sheldon Brookbank could dress as a forward. Corey Crawford will be in goal.

Patrick Sharp – Jonathan Toews – Marian Hossa
Brandon Saad – Brandon Pirri – Patrick Kane
Kris Versteeg –– Andrew Shaw – Sheldon Brookbank
Brandon Bollig – Marcus Kruger – Ben Smith

Duncan Keith – Brent Seabrook
Niklas Hjalmarsson – Johnny Oduya
Nick Leddy – Michal Rozsival

Corey Crawford
Antti Raanta

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 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
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13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 10 5 9 6 14
J. Spezza 10 4 7 2 11
C. Eakin 10 1 7 2 8
P. Sharp 10 4 2 1 6
R. Faksa 10 3 2 2 5
A. Goligoski 10 3 2 -5 5
P. Eaves 7 2 3 3 5
J. Klingberg 10 1 3 -3 4
A. Hemsky 10 1 3 -1 4
M. Janmark 9 1 3 -1 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 5 1 0 .906 2.58
A. Niemi 1 3 2 .872 3.33
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