Seguin Feeling Better, Should Play Tonight vs. Wings

Saturday, 01.4.2014 / 1:02 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Seguin Feeling Better, Should Play Tonight vs. Wings
Despite some players feeling under the weather, everybody was on the ice for the Dallas Stars this morning as they prepared to take on the Detroit Red Wings

Despite some players feeling under the weather, everybody was on the ice for the Dallas Stars this morning as they prepared to take on the Detroit Red Wings at American Airlines Center tonight.

Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley, who both missed Friday’s practice due to illness, skated this morning.

“I was pretty white yesterday,” Seguin said. “I got to the rink, and they pretty much said get out of here. But I am feeling better.”

Stars coach Lindy Ruff said all the players who have been battling illness are willing to go tonight, and they’ll see where everybody is tonight.

“Everybody from the MASH unit came in this morning and is willing to play,” Ruff said. “I think a couple are doing a lot better than a couple of them, but again we’ll get through it and we’ll decide by game-time. We’ll dress extra guys and make sure that who’s here is going to be ready to play.”

Defenseman Sergei Gonchar won’t play tonight. He could return when Stars open their road trip against the New York Islanders on Monday.

“I would expect Sergei to be back on the Island,” said Ruff. “He was actually hoping maybe for tonight. My feelings were hold him out, get him real good skate today, another real good practice and he’ll be over it.”

Gonchar went out with concussion-like symptoms after getting hit in the head with a puck in the Dec. 21 game in San Jose. The symptoms are gone, so it’s a matter of conditioning at this point.

“Pretty much I was sitting and not doing anything for 10 days, so you’re losing conditioning obviously. So I’ve been getting better and better every day so we have to keep improving,” Gonchar said.

Dan Ellis was the first goaltender off the ice for the Stars this morning, so it looks like he’ll get the start tonight for the Stars. It will be his first start since Dec. 17, when he stopped 25 of 27 shots in a 3-2 win over Colorado at the AAC. Ellis is 4-0-0 at home this season with a 2.39 goals against average and .919 save percentage.

Daley skates with team

Stars defenseman Trevor Daley, who has been out since early December with a high ankle sprain, skated with the team this morning.

“First time to skate with the team, it was good to act like a regular for once,” Daley said. “It’s been a long month. I am excited to get back to practice and get some sweats.”

Daley said he expects to go through a full practice Sunday and then will travel with the team on the upcoming road trip, during which he hopes to get into a game.

Quotable: Detroit coach Mike Babcock on the Stars

“I think they’re lightning quick actually. I think Garbutt, Roussel and Cody Eakin and how do you say 43’s name? (Val Nichushkin), yeah that way. Big time speed obviously Benn is one of the best players in the league right now, he’s really dynamic with the puck, he’s magic. And so when you look at that and your franchise you have suddenly I think two upper-end players in Benn and him at a young, young age and that means starts to grow for your franchise. And to be honest with you, to get this again you’ve got to finish last or second last and to be able to do that without doing that is a special thing.”

Saturday’s game

Who: Detroit Red Wings at Dallas Stars
Where: American Airlines Center
When: 7:00 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

Dan Ellis
Kari Lehtonen

Red Wings projected lineup

Justin Abdelkader – Pavel Datsyuk – Todd Bertuzzi
Gustav Nyquist – Henrik Zetterberg – Daniel Alfredsson
Drew Miller – Joakim Andersson – Tomas Tatar
Daniel Cleary – Luke Glendening – Patrick Eaves

Niklas Kronwall – Brendan Smith
Alexey Marchenko – Kyle Quincey
Brian Lashoff - Jakub Kindl

Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek

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 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
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 76 44 27 5 219 204 93
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 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

STATS

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 14 26 2 .900 3.25
 
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