Gonchar Out, Rome in Tonight vs. Predators

Friday, 12.27.2013 / 12:43 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Gonchar Out, Rome in Tonight vs. Predators
Gonchar, who was injured in Saturday\u2019s game in San Jose, will miss his second straight game when the Dallas Stars open a five-game homestand against the Nashville Predators tonight

Defenseman Sergei Gonchar remains out with concussion-like symptoms. Gonchar, who was injured in Saturday’s game in San Jose, will miss his second straight game when the Dallas Stars open a five-game homestand against the Nashville Predators tonight at American Airlines Center.

“Still not feeling quite right,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said about Gonchar, “so we’ve got to get him through that and when we do, he’ll start to exercise again.”

Aaron Rome, who has missed the last four games with a hip injury, will come back into the lineup tonight. Rome was injured in the Dec. 16 game in Colorado.

“I jammed up my hip and that’s my fault,” Rome said. “I tried to make a hip check and that’s probably not the best thing for me to do at this stage. I just need to stay physical, have good gap and find a different way to hit guys on the wall.”

Rome, who said he is feeling good now, has only played three games this season due to offseason hip surgeries. When he has been in the lineup, the veteran defenseman has been an effective player for the Stars.

“I liked what I saw in the games he played,” Ruff said. “I thought physically he dominated the walls and he made smart plays with the puck, kept the game simple. Obviously, with our defense core being as beat up as it is, it’ll be good to get him back in.”

The Stars appear healthy at forward. Alex Chiasson, who missed the last game due to illness, was on the ice this morning and skated on a line with Erik Cole and Rich Peverley.

Based on this morning’s line rushes, Colton Sceviour and Dustin Jeffrey could be the scratches at forward tonight.

Kari Lehtonen was the first goaltender off the ice and is the expected starter. Carter Hutton will get the nod in net for Nashville.

Daley skates

Stars defenseman Trevor Daley, who has missed the last nine games with an ankle injury, skated briefly Friday morning in a track suit. Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Daley still has a ways to go before returning to action.

“It’s just step one, a light skate with his injury,” Ruff said. “Tomorrow he’s going to try to maybe go a little bit harder to the next level. It’ll be a while. Yesterday he had a little bit of a skate too I guess, so today was a little bit better.”

Friday’s game

Who: Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars
Where: American Airlines Center
When: 7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

Stars projected lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin
Antoine RousselCody EakinRyan Garbutt
Erik ColeRich PeverleyAlex Chiasson
Shawn HorcoffVernon FiddlerRay Whitney

Alex GoligoskiBrenden Dillon
Aaron RomeJordie Benn
Kevin ConnautonCameron Gaunce

Kari Lehtonen
Dan Ellis

Predators projected lineup

Gabriel Bourque – Mike Fisher – Patric Hornqvist
Colin Wilson – Matt Cullen – Viktor Stalberg
Nick Spaling – David Legwand – Craig Smith
Eric Nystrom – Paul Gaustad – Matt Hendricks

Shea Weber – Roman Josi
Mattias Ekholm – Kevin Klein
Seth Jones – Ryan Ellis

Carter Hutton
Marek Mazanec

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




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
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
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


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
K. Lehtonen 34 16 10 .906 2.88
J. Enroth 1 5 0 .877 3.16

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