Ruff Looks for Energy, Emotion as Stars Face Wild

Tuesday, 01.21.2014 / 1:22 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Ruff Looks for Energy, Emotion as Stars Face Wild
The Dallas Stars didn\u2019t skate this morning, but they did hold a meeting for about 15 minutes or so at American Airlines Center.

The Dallas Stars didn’t skate this morning, but they did hold a meeting for about 15 minutes or so at American Airlines Center as they prepare to take on the Minnesota Wild in a key game tonight.

The Stars enter the game with just one win in their last ten games (1-8-1) and need two points keep from falling farther behind in the playoff race. The Stars are nine points behind Minnesota, which currently sits in the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

“I called the meeting. It was good,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “I’ve been through stretches like this and it’s believing in your system, trusting in your system, it’s being able to trust the guy next to you. The two words I look for and I want the players to dig down and grab are energy and emotion. I want to see energy and emotion tonight. And when the game’s over, I want them to be proud of the effort they put in and we’ll take the result after that.”

On the lineup front, Ruff said Valeri Nichushkin, who has been a healthy scratch the last two games, will be back in the lineup tonight. There is no word on any other lineup changes. Ruff declined to reveal his goaltender plan for tonight.

Minnesota will go with the same lineup as Saturday’s game. Darcy Kuemper will get the start in goal again.

Tuesday’s game

Who: Minnesota Wild at Dallas Stars
Where: American Airlines Center
When: 7:00 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Network
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

Stars projected lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinErik Cole
Antoine RousselCody EakinRyan Garbutt
Ray WhitneyVernon FiddlerAlex Chiasson
Shawn HorcoffRich PeverleyValeri Nichushkin

Alex GoligoskiTrevor Daley
Kevin Connauton/Jordie BennBrenden Dillon
Aaron RomeSergei Gonchar

Kari Lehtonen
Dan Ellis

Wild projected lineup

Nino Niederreiter – Mikael Granlund – Jason Pominville
Dany Heatley – Charlie Coyle – Jason Zucker
Matt Cooke – Kyle Brodziak – Justin Fontaine
Stephane Veilleux – Erik Haula – Torrey Mitchell

Ryan Suter – Jonas Brodin
Marco Scandella – Nate Prosser
Keith Ballard – Clayton Stoner

Darcy Kuemper
Johan Gustafsson

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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 76 47 22 7 222 213 101
2 NSH 75 46 21 8 214 180 100
3 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
4 CHI 73 44 23 6 207 167 94
5 MIN 74 42 25 7 211 183 91
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 74 37 23 14 199 184 88
9 CGY 74 40 27 7 217 195 87
10 DAL 74 36 28 10 232 236 82
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12 COL 74 34 28 12 200 206 80
13 EDM 74 21 40 13 177 254 55
14 ARI 75 23 44 8 158 249 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 74 27 44 -4 71
T. Seguin 64 33 34 -1 67
J. Spezza 74 16 40 -4 56
J. Klingberg 57 10 27 7 37
C. Eakin 70 17 17 -2 34
A. Goligoski 74 4 30 0 34
T. Daley 61 16 17 -10 33
A. Hemsky 68 11 21 -7 32
S. Horcoff 70 11 17 7 28
V. Fiddler 72 12 14 -5 26
 
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K. Lehtonen 33 14 10 .908 2.82
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.28
 
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