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 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
6 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
7 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
8 NSH 55 25 21 9 142 148 59
9 ARI 54 25 23 6 143 164 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 MIN 55 23 22 10 135 138 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 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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