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Stars-Blackhawks Morning Skate

Tuesday, 12.10.2013 / 1:56 PM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Blackhawks Morning Skate
They meet again. The Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks play for the third time in 12 days \u2013 and for the fourth time in the last month.

They meet again. The Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks play for the third time in 12 days – and for the fourth time in the last month – when they square off tonight at American Airlines Center.

The Stars are 1-1-1 in the season series and the Blackhawks are 2-1-0. Chicago won the first two games, which were both played in Dallas, and the Stars won 4-3 in Chicago last Tuesday despite getting outshot 50-18 in the game.

“We know each other a little bit better. They know what to expect, we know what to expect,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “The game in Chicago got a little bit out of hand for us. I thought they dominated puck possession and territorial play. I thought the games here previously we had a shot at winning, and maybe we had the edge. From both situations both teams learn. We have to make adjustments and be ready to go.”

With Vernon Fiddler (upper body) out for tonight’s game, it appears Dustin Jeffery will be back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch on Saturday.

The Stars are expected to go with the same group of defenseman as last game, meaning that Aaron Rome will be the odd man out. Colton Sceviour is expected to be a healthy scratch as well.

Kari Lehtonen was the first goaltender off the ice this morning, which indicates that he will start in goal tonight.

Antti Raanta will start for the Blackhawks, who announced Tuesday that No. 1 goaltender Corey Crawford will miss three weeks with a lower body injury.

Fiddler skates, doing better

Stars center Vernon Fiddler, who is out for tonight’s game against Chicago with an upper body injury, is making progress. He skated this morning and may be back sooner than originally thought.

“He’s doing better than we expected,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “I think sometimes these things come around quicker than you anticipate. We want to keep his legs going, and I think there’s a chance later in the week that he could be back in our lineup.”

Fiddler was injured in the first period of Saturday’s game against Philadelphia.

Stars loan Austin Smith to Finland

The Stars have loaned right wing Austin Smith to Assat of the SM-Liiga in Finland. The Dallas native, a fifth round pick in the 2007 NHL draft, is in his second pro season and has played with both the Texas Stars and Idaho Steelheads.

Smith had one goal in four games with Idaho this season. He had no points in ten games with Texas.

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

Projected Stars lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin
Ryan Garbutt
Cody EakinAntoine Roussel
Erik Cole
Shawn HorcoffAlex Chiasson/Colton Sceviour
Ray Whitney
Dustin JeffreyRich Peverley

Alex GoligoskiBrenden Dillon
Jordie Benn
Sergei Gonchar
Kevin Connauton
Jamie Oleksiak

Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Dan Ellis

Projected Blackhawks lineup

Patrick Sharp – Jonathan Toews – Marian Hossa
Kris Versteeg – Michal Handzus – Patrick Kane
Brandon Saad – Andrew Shaw – Jeremy Morin
Brandon Bollig – Marcus Kruger – Ben Smith

Duncan Keith – Brent Seabrook
Johnny Oduya – Niklas Hjalmarsson
Nick Leddy – Michael Kostka

Antti Raanta (starter)
Kent Simpson

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 ANA 35 22 8 5 101 96 49
2 CHI 32 22 9 1 100 64 45
3 STL 32 21 9 2 98 78 44
4 NSH 30 20 8 2 81 59 42
5 SJS 33 18 11 4 94 85 40
6 WPG 33 17 10 6 80 76 40
7 VAN 31 18 11 2 89 88 38
8 LAK 33 16 11 6 90 82 38
9 CGY 34 17 15 2 98 92 36
10 MIN 30 16 12 2 86 78 34
11 DAL 31 13 13 5 89 104 31
12 COL 31 10 13 8 78 99 28
13 ARI 31 11 16 4 72 100 26
14 EDM 33 7 20 6 69 110 20

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 31 23 16 7 39
J. Benn 31 9 19 1 28
J. Spezza 31 6 18 -9 24
T. Daley 31 7 9 -13 16
A. Roussel 31 7 9 -3 16
C. Eakin 28 6 7 5 13
A. Goligoski 31 1 12 2 13
S. Horcoff 31 4 7 0 11
E. Cole 30 5 5 -5 10
R. Garbutt 23 5 5 -5 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 13 7 5 .907 2.89
A. Lindback 0 5 0 .861 4.63
 
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