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\u2019s tilt against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.

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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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
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
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12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

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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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