Seguin a Game-time Decision, Garbutt Out Tonight

Thursday, 12.5.2013 / 1:14 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Seguin a Game-time Decision, Garbutt Out Tonight

Stars center Tyler Seguin, who has missed the last two games with concussion-like symptoms, took part in this morning’s skate in Toronto, centered a line with Jamie Benn and Rich Peverley on the wings, but remains a game-time decision for tonight’s tilt against the Maple Leafs.

Seguin still has to undergo testing before he can get cleared to play, but Stars coach Lindy Ruff sounded optimistic his No. 1 center could return.

“I’ve guessed on these situations a lot of times before, and it’s encouraging that he felt good yesterday and he felt good today,” Ruff said. “He gets through the rest of the day and we’ll see where he is tonight.”

Stars forward Ryan Garbutt, who took a puck off his lower leg in Tuesday’s 4-3 victory at Chicago, didn’t skate this morning, so he is out for tonight’s game.

On defense, Jordie Benn could be the odd man out tonight based on the pairings during the morning skate. That would mean that both Jamie Oleksiak and Kevin Connauton would play.

Kari Lehtonen was the first goaltender off the ice for the Stars, so he is expected to get the nod in net tonight.

Thursday’s game
Who: Dallas Stars at Toronto Maple Leafs
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto
When: 6 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

Stars projected lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinRich Peverley
Ray Whitney
Cody EakinAlex Chiasson
Antoine Roussel
Vernon FiddlerDustin Jeffrey
Erik Cole
Shawn HorcoffValeri Nichushkin

Alex GoligoskiTrevor Daley
Brenden Dillon
Jamie Oleksiak
Kevin Connauton
Sergei Gonchar

Kari Lehtonen
Dan Ellis

Maple Leafs projected lineup

Tyler Bozak is out for the Maple Leafs. Phil Kessel didn’t skate this morning, but is expected to play tonight. Toronto recalled forward Jerry D’Amigo from the AHL.

James van Riemsdyk – Nazem Kadri – Phil Kessel
Mason Raymond -Trevor Smith – David Clarkson
Carter Ashton -Peter Holland –Nikolai Kulemin
Frazer McLaren – Jay McClement – Jerry D'Amigo

Carl Gunnarsson – Dion Phaneuf
Mark Fraser – Cody Franson
Paul Ranger – Jake Gardiner

Jonathan Bernier
James Reimer

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 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 53 32 18 3 146 124 67
5 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
6 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
7 COL 57 28 25 4 153 158 60
8 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
9 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 53 25 25 3 143 156 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 55 28 34 16 62
T. Seguin 55 28 32 11 60
J. Klingberg 55 10 36 14 46
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 55 16 24 -2 40
A. Goligoski 55 4 20 16 24
C. Eakin 55 10 13 0 23
M. Janmark 55 10 10 14 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 52 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 15 5 0 .912 2.79
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