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Stars Recall Sceviour With Flu Bug Still Biting

Thursday, 01.02.2014 / 2:09 PM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars Recall Sceviour With Flu Bug Still Biting
It looks like the Dallas Stars will be without a couple of their veteran forwards when they take on the Montreal Canadiens tonight.

It looks like the Dallas Stars will be without a couple of their veteran forwards when they take on the Montreal Canadiens tonight at American Airlines Center.

Shawn Horcoff didn’t skate this morning and is out for tonight’s game.

“He’s been bit with the flu bug, so he won’t play tonight,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff.

Ray Whitney, who missed Tuesday’s game due to illness, skated this morning but apparently may not be ready to play tonight. That would leave the Stars with just eleven healthy forwards, so they have called up right wing Colton Sceviour from the Texas Stars of the AHL. Sceviour had a nice run during his last stint with Dallas, registering three goals and one assist in seven games.

There will be no changes on defense. Kari Lehtonen was the first goaltender off the ice at this morning’s skate, so it appears he will be in net tonight for the Stars.

Gonchar getting close

Defenseman Sergei Gonchar, who has missed the last four games with concussion-like symptoms, skated with the team this morning. For the first time since he has been back on the ice, Gonchar was not wearing the red no-contact jersey. Ruff said Gonchar is getting closer.

“His first day out of that (the red no-contact jersey),” Ruff said. “We’re going to ramp up the physical play for him, ramp up the intensity with the workouts to get him in game-like situations on the ice and try to get him ready. He’s close. If it’s not the next game, it’ll be the game after he’d be ready.”

A stretch against the East

The Stars have put together their current seven-game points streak against some pretty stiff competition from the Western Conference. Now, they’ll be facing a steady diet of Eastern Conference opponents over the next couple weeks. They play their next six games and seven of the next eight against the East, starting with tonight’s tilt against the Montreal Canadiens at American Airlines Center.

“I told our team this morning I’m worried about the fact that we’ve gone through a tough stretch playing against tough teams, playing against the L.A.s and teams out west that have really been going well, physical teams. But we can’t let our guard down,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “Montreal’s got good speed. They’re a good transition team, good special teams for the most part. Carey Price can singlehandedly win a game himself and actually both their goaltenders have been excellent, so my message for them is not for one second to take Montreal for granted. Just because we’ve got a team that’s out of the conference, don’t for one second think it’s going to be an easy game.”

Thursday’s game

Who: Montreal Canadiens 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 SeguinAlex Chiasson
Antoine RousselCody EakinRyan Garbutt
Erik ColeRich PeverleyValeri Nichushkin
Dustin JeffreyVernon FiddlerColton Sceviour

Alex GoligoskiBrenden Dillon
Aaron RomeJordie Benn
Kevin ConnautonCameron Gaunce

Kari Lehtonen
Dan Ellis

Canadiens projected lineup

Rene Bourque - Tomas Plekanec – Brian Gionta
Max Pacioretty – David Desharnais - Brendan Gallagher
Alex Galchenyuk – Lars Eller – Brandon Prust
Travis Moen – Ryan White - Michael Bournival

Josh Gorges – Andrei Markov
Douglas Murray – Raphael Diaz
Francis Bouillon – P.K. Subban

Carey Price
Peter Budaj

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 NSH 64 41 16 7 192 155 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 64 31 25 8 179 181 70
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 63 23 37 -3 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 63 15 37 -5 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 60 16 17 -10 33
J. Klingberg 49 10 23 1 33
C. Eakin 60 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 57 9 17 -9 26
A. Goligoski 63 2 24 1 26
A. Roussel 61 12 11 -11 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 25 2 .900 3.30
 
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