No Lineup Changes as Stars Face Avalanche

Monday, 12.16.2013 / 3:14 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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No Lineup Changes as Stars Face Avalanche

It looks as though the Dallas Stars will roll out the same lineup they used in Saturday’s victory in Winnipeg for tonight’s tilt against the Colorado Avalanche in Denver.

Tonight’s game is the first of a home-and-home series between the Stars and Avalanche. The two teams meet again Tuesday night at American Airlines Center. The Stars come into the back-to-back set eight points behind the Avalanche, who are third in the Central Division and seventh in the Western Conference.

“Given where they are and given where we are, whoever wins tonight, tomorrow is going to be pivotal,” said Stars center Shawn Horcoff.

“It’s fun. It becomes a little playoff series almost,” said Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog. “It’s fun and it’s a little different.”

Kari Lehtonen was the first goaltender off the ice for the Stars, so he is the expected starter in goal. Jordie Benn and Dustin Jeffrey are expected to be scratched tonight. It doesn’t appear Vernon Fiddler will play, so he’ll miss his third fourth game with an upper body injury.

Semyon Varlamov will start in goal for the Avalanche. Forward Alex Tanguay (hip/knee) and D Ryan Wilson (back) are out for the Avalanche.

Monday’s game
Who: Dallas Stars at Colorado Avalanche
When: 8:00 p.m.
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

Stars projected lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin
Erik ColeCody EakinAlex Chiasson
Ray WhitneyRich PeverleyRyan Garbutt
Antoine RousselShawn HorcoffColton Sceviour

Alex GoligoskiBrenden Dillon
Aaron RomeSergei Gonchar
Kevin ConnautonJamie Oleksiak

Kari Lehtonen
Dan Ellis

Avalanche projected lineup

Ryan O'Reilly – Matt Duchene – Nathan MacKinnon
Gabriel Landeskog – Paul Stastny – PA Parenteau
Jamie McGinn – John Mitchell – Maxime Talbot
Cody McLeod – Marc– Andre Cliche – Patrick Bordeleau

Erik Johnson – Jan Hejda
Tyson Barrie – Nate Guenin
Andre Benoit – Cory Sarich

Semyon Varlamov
Jean – Sebastien Giguere

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 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
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 8 5 7 7 12
J. Spezza 8 4 5 0 9
C. Eakin 8 0 7 3 7
A. Goligoski 8 3 2 -3 5
P. Eaves 7 2 3 3 5
P. Sharp 8 3 1 2 4
R. Faksa 8 2 2 2 4
J. Klingberg 8 1 3 -2 4
A. Hemsky 8 1 3 2 4
M. Janmark 7 1 3 0 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 4 1 0 .906 2.45
A. Niemi 1 2 2 .892 2.73
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