Gonchar In, Daley a Game-time Decision vs. Islanders

Monday, 01.6.2014 / 1:07 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Gonchar In, Daley a Game-time Decision vs. Islanders

The Dallas Stars will be getting one defenseman back tonight, maybe two. Sergei Gonchar is definitely in against the New York Islanders after missing six games with concussion-like symptoms.

“It will be a good addition,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “Our backend has taken a pretty big hit, and to get a healthy body back is a big thing for us.”

Trevor Daley, who has missed 14 games with a high-ankle sprain, is a game-time decision and Ruff said he will use all the time prior to the game to make a decision.

“I’ve got five more hours on that one,” Ruff said.

There are no changes among the forwards. Kari Lehtonen is expected to start in goal for the Stars.

The Stars come into Monday’s game having lost two games in a row. They’ve allowed 11 goals in those two games, and the focus heading into tonight is on tightening things up defensively.

“We generated the number of opportunities we want, I thought we just got a little loose away from the puck,” Ruff said. “You tighten that area up, you tighten up your D zone coverage and you make some better decisions with the puck.”

Monday’s game

Who: Dallas Stars at New York Islanders
Where: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York
When: 6:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

Stars projected lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin
Antoine Roussel - Cody EakinRyan Garbutt
Erik ColeRich PeverleyAlex Chiasson
Shawn HorcoffVernon FiddlerRay Whitney

Alex GoligoskiBrenden Dillon
Jordie BennSergei Gonchar
Kevin ConnautonCameron GaunceTrevor Daley

Kari Lehtonen
Dan Ellis

Islanders projected lineup

Evgeni Nabokov will be in net for the Islanders. New York forward Kyle Okposo is questionable due to the impending birth of a child.

Thomas Vanek - John Tavares - Kyle Okposo/Peter Regin
Josh Bailey - Frans Nielsen - Brock Nelson
Michael Grabner - Ryan Strome - Cal Clutterbuck
Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Eric Boulton

Calvin de Haan - Travis Hamonic
Brian Strait - Andrew MacDonald
Matt Donovan - Thomas Hickey

Evgeni Nabokov
Kevin Poulin

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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M. Janmark 55 10 10 14 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
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K. Lehtonen 15 5 0 .912 2.79
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