Chiasson Out Tonight vs. Kings

Monday, 12.23.2013 / 4:08 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Chiasson Out Tonight vs. Kings

The Stars will be making a couple of lineup changes for tonight’s tilt against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.

Forward Alex Chiasson is out due to illness, so Ryan Garbutt will come back into the lineup tonight.

Maxime Fortunus will come in on defense, taking the place of Sergei Gonchar, who is out with concussion-like symptoms after getting hit in the head with a puck in Saturday’s game in San Jose.

The Stars signed Fortunus, the captain of the Texas Stars, to a one-year NHL contract on Wednesday to provide some more depth on the blue line.

“I really liked the way Max played the last [preseason] game,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “I keep going back to the Oklahoma City game and how we played against a really good (Edmonton) lineup, and he was in the lineup against some of the best speed, skilled players in the game and played really well. He plays the game on his toes, he plays a quick game. His reads are good, in the little bit of time I saw him. He’ll be excited to be playing, and I’ll like having that right-handed shot back there, where you can move the puck quicker.”

Fortunus will be getting in an NHL game for the first time since the 2009-10 season, when he suited up in eight games for the Stars.

Kari Lehtonen is the expected starter in goal for the Stars, and Martin Jones is expected between the pipes for the Kings.

Quotable: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty on Jamie Benn

“I think he’s probably the one guy in the Western Conference who has my number more than anyone else. He’s tough to play against. He’s strong, he’s big, he has a long reach, has great hands, great shot, he’s fast. He really has every single little thing. He has grit to him, he hits hard. He’s a great player and I love playing against him, just because I know it’s going to be a tough challenge every night, and I look forward to playing against him, and I’ll try to keep him off the score sheet.” (lakingsinsider.com)

Tonight’s game
Who: Dallas Stars at Los Angeles Kings
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles
When: 9:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

Stars projected lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin
Antoine RousselCody EakinRyan Garbutt
Erik ColeRich PeverleyColton Sceviour
Shawn HorcoffVernon FiddlerRay Whitney

Alex GoligoskiBrenden Dillon
Jordie BennMaxime Fortunus
Kevin ConnautonCameron Gaunce

Kari Lehtonen
Dan Ellis

Kings projected lineup

Dwight King – Anze Kopitar – Jeff Carter
Dustin Brown – Jarret Stoll – Justin Williams
Trevor Lewis – Mike Richards – Tyler Toffoli
Kyle Clifford – Colin Fraser – Jordan Nolan

Jake Muzzin – Drew Doughty
Robyn Regehr – Slava Voynov
Alec Martinez – Matt Greene

Martin Jones
Ben Scrivens

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 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
11 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 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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