Dan Ellis in Goal Tonight vs. Ducks

Saturday, 02.1.2014 / 3:56 PM CT / 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.

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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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 53 21 27 5 131 156 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 53 28 31 15 59
T. Seguin 53 28 28 10 56
J. Klingberg 53 8 35 14 43
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 53 16 24 -1 40
C. Eakin 53 10 13 1 23
A. Goligoski 53 3 20 17 23
M. Janmark 53 10 9 13 19
A. Roussel 51 8 10 5 18
V. Nichushkin 50 6 12 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 13 5 0 .907 2.82
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