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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

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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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 13 5 10 2 15
J. Spezza 13 5 8 0 13
C. Eakin 13 1 7 -4 8
A. Goligoski 13 4 3 -6 7
P. Sharp 13 4 2 -4 6
P. Eaves 9 3 3 3 6
R. Faksa 13 3 2 2 5
M. Janmark 12 2 3 -3 5
C. Sceviour 11 2 3 1 5
J. Klingberg 13 1 3 -5 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 6 3 0 .899 2.81
A. Niemi 1 3 2 .865 3.29
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