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Dan Ellis in Goal Tonight vs. Ducks

Saturday, 02.01.2014 / 4:56 PM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Dan Ellis in Goal Tonight vs. Ducks
The Dallas Stars will shake things up as they open a three-game road trip tonight in Anaheim, making changes in goal and on defense and shuffling the forward lines.

The Dallas Stars will shake things up as they open a three-game road trip tonight in Anaheim, making changes in goal and on defense and shuffling the forward lines.

Dan Ellis will get the start in against the Ducks. Kari Lehtonen, who has started the last nine games and leads all NHL goaltenders in minutes played this season, will get the night off.

“Kari just has a little fatigue in his game and he’s played a lot,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “It’s an opportunity to let him freshen up. We’ve got this game and then a couple days [off], so it gives him a good rest here before the break.”

It will be Ellis’ first start since the Jan. 12 game against the New York Islanders and just his third in the last 22 games.

“We’re in a battle for a playoff position and there are times when you really have to ride your number one guy,” Ellis said. “There have been big stretches of that and either way you have to be ready to go in if there is an injury, an off game or if there is an opportunity like this to start a game. That’s kind of the job, you are always prepared.”

Ruff is shuffling things around on the forward lines for tonight’s game. He’s breaking up the Antoine Roussel-Cody Eakin-Ryan Garbutt line in hopes of finding more offense.

“They’ve done a good job on a checking sense, but on the offensive side they haven’t put anything up on the board,” said Ruff. “Our top line needs some support and we haven’t had a lot for them the last couple. The previous road games were a little tough, too.”

Eakin is expected to center a line with Rich Peverley and Erik Cole on the wings. Roussel and Garbutt will play on a line with center Vernon Fiddler. That’s a line Ruff has used before.

“Those three have had some good games together. It’s a good option. We’ve gone there before and hopefully it works. If not, we can flip it back,” Ruff said.

There will be a change on defense, as well. Kevin Connauton, who has been a healthy scratch the last five games, will be back in the lineup. Aaron Rome is expected to sit out.

Jonas Hiller is expected to start in goal for the Ducks tonight.

Saturday’s game

Who: Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks
Where: Honda Center, Anaheim
When: 9:00 p.m.
TV: TXA-21
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

Stars projected lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin
Rich PeverleyCody EakinErik Cole
Antoine RousselVernon FiddlerRyan Garbutt
Ray WhitneyShawn HorcoffAlex Chiasson

Alex GoligoskiTrevor Daley
Jordie BennBrenden Dillon
Kevin ConnautonSergei Gonchar

Dan Ellis
Kari Lehtonen

Ducks projected lineup

Dustin Penner - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Patrick Maroon - Mathieu Perreault - Teemu Selanne
Andrew Cogliano - Saku Koivu - Jakob Silfverberg
Matt Beleskey - Daniel Winnik - Tim Jackman

Cam Fowler - Ben Lovejoy
Hampus Lindholm - Francois Beauchemin
Luca Sbisa - Mark Fistric

Jonas Hiller
Frederik Andersen

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 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
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 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
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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