No Lineup Changes as Stars Take on Maple Leafs

Thursday, 01.23.2014 / 12:59 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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No Lineup Changes as Stars Take on Maple Leafs

The Dallas Stars aren’t expected to make any lineup changes as they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at American Airlines Center tonight.

The forward line combinations and defense pairings at this morning’s skate were the same as those used in Tuesday’s 4-0 win over Minnesota. Kari Lehtonen was the first goaltender off the ice, so it looks like he’ll get the start in goal again.

Stars coach Lindy Ruff is hoping for more of what he saw in Tuesday’s victory over Minnesota, which he said was as complete a game as the Stars have played. It was just the Stars’ second win in the last 11 games and pulled them to within seven points of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Stars need to follow up that win with some more wins in an attempt to gain more ground.

“We need to win a game. If we win a game it’s huge in the standings for us. It rights the ship for us a little bit more from where we’ve been at,” Ruff said. “They guys feel good about the way they played the last game, we got goaltending to go along with it, and we’d like to play a complete game again.”

Toronto comes into tonight’s game riding a six-game winning streak. Jonathan Bernier will get the start in goal for the Maple Leafs.

Jeffrey clears waivers

Stars forward Dustin Jeffrey cleared waivers Thursday morning. He’ll stay on the roster for now and then is expected to be assigned to the AHL as early as Friday.

“He needs to go down and play. That’s what we’ve discussed,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “He hasn’t played enough and I think when you play a limited amount, it’s better to have those players playing. He’ll get some confidence in his game and if we need somebody, we’re right here to get him back.”

The Stars claimed Jeffrey off waivers from Pittsburgh in November. He’s played 12 games for the Dallas, registering one assist. He’s been a healthy scratch in 15 of the last 20 games and a healthy scratch a total of 19 times since joining the Stars.

Thursday’s game

Who: Toronto Maple Leafs 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 ColeVernon FiddlerRay Whitney
Rich PeverleyShawn HorcoffAlex Chiasson

Alex GoligoskiTrevor Daley
Brenden DillonJordie Benn
Aaron RomeSergei Gonchar

Kari Lehtonen
Dan Ellis

Maple Leafs projected lineup

James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
Nikolai Kulemin – Nazem Kadri – Joffrey Lupul
Mason Raymond – Peter Holland – Troy Bodie
Carter Ashton – Jay McClement – Colton Orr

Carl Gunnarsson – Dion Phaneuf
Cody Franson – Tim Gleason
Jake Gardiner – Morgan Rielly

Jonathan Bernier
James Reimer

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 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
6 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
7 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
8 NSH 55 25 21 9 142 148 59
9 ARI 54 25 23 6 143 164 56
10 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
11 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 55 28 34 16 62
T. Seguin 55 28 32 11 60
J. Klingberg 55 10 36 14 46
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 55 16 24 -2 40
A. Goligoski 55 4 20 16 24
C. Eakin 55 10 13 0 23
M. Janmark 55 10 10 14 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 52 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 15 5 0 .912 2.79
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