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Saturday Skate Update

Saturday, 12.21.2013 / 4:04 PM CT / News
By Mark Stepneski
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Saturday Skate Update
Saturday Skate Update

Stars coach Lindy Ruff said he still has some decisions to make on his forward group for tonight’s game against the Sharks in San Jose.

Center Vernon Fiddler, who has missed the last six games with an upper body injury, appears ready to return to the lineup tonight. Fiddler’s return would be a boost for the Stars.

“Faceoffs and penalty killing,” Ruff said of what Fiddler would bring to the lineup. “He’s got great energy and play against a lot of the top lines. But his key role, his taking key faceoffs and the penalty killing part of it.”

Forward Ryan Garbutt, who missed yesterday’s practice, sounds as though he’ll be a game time decision.

“He’s available,” Ruff said. “We’re going to rest on it this afternoon as see where he is at.”

There are no expected changes on defense tonight. The Stars are expected to with the same set of defensemen as the last two games.

Kari Lehtonen will be in goal for the Stars. Alex Stalock will be in net for the Sharks. It will be Stalock’s first start at home this season. He is 3-1-0 with a 2.05 goals against average and .930 save percentage in six appearances.

San Jose forward Tomas Hertl, who leads all NHL rookies in goals (15) and points (25), will miss at least a month with a knee injury suffered in Thursday’s game against Los Angeles.

“There’s still some swelling in the knee and the preliminary report is he’ll be out at least a month,” Sharks GM Doug Wilson said. “We’ll have some more tests that will be ongoing, see what the extent is and go from there. That will take a little bit of time for that evaluation to take place.”

The Sharks held an optional skate this morning with several players not skating.

Saturday’s game

Who: Dallas Stars at San Jose Sharks

Where: SAP Center, San Jose

When: 9:30 p.m.

TV: TXA-21

Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

Stars projected lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin

Antoine RousselCody EakinRay Whitney

Erik ColeRich PeverleyColton Sceviour

Shawn HorcoffVernon FiddlerAlex Chiasson

Alex GoligoskiBrenden Dillon

Jordie BennSergei Gonchar

Kevin ConnautonCameron Gaunce

Kari Lehtonen

Dan Ellis

Sharks projected lineup

Patrick Marleau - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski

Martin Havlat - Logan Couture - Brent Burns

Tyler Kennedy - Andrew Desjardins - Tommy Wingels

James Sheppard - John McCarthy - Mike Brown

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun

Matt Irwin - Dan Boyle

Brad Stuart - Jason Demers

Alex Stalock

Antti Niemi

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - ANA 79 50 22 7 232 217 107
2 x - NSH 78 47 22 9 224 193 103
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 77 45 27 5 224 208 95
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 77 39 26 12 217 204 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 SJS 77 38 30 9 217 216 85
11 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
12 COL 77 35 30 12 207 218 82
13 EDM 77 23 41 13 186 260 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 77 28 46 -6 74
T. Seguin 67 35 35 -4 70
J. Spezza 77 17 42 -3 59
J. Klingberg 60 11 27 3 38
C. Eakin 73 17 19 -5 36
T. Daley 63 16 20 -10 36
A. Goligoski 77 4 31 -2 35
A. Hemsky 71 11 21 -5 32
S. Horcoff 73 11 17 7 28
V. Fiddler 75 12 15 -5 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 34 16 10 .906 2.88
J. Enroth 1 5 0 .877 3.16
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