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Eakin Likely to Play Tonight

Sunday, 03.16.2014 / 4:22 PM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Eakin Likely to Play Tonight
It looks like there is a good chance center Cody Eakin will play tonight when the Stars take on the Jets in Winnipeg.

It looks like there is a good chance center Cody Eakin will play tonight when the Stars take on the Jets in Winnipeg.

“We’ve got an extra guy going in warm up, but it looks good right now,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said when asked about Eakin’s status. “We’ll see how he made out in the skate, but I would anticipate it, yeah.”

Eakin missed Friday’s game against Calgary after getting hit in the foot with a puck in Tuesdays’ game in St. Louis.

Other than Eakin possibly slotting, the Stars lineup should look pretty much like the last game. Tim Thomas will get his third straight start in goal for the Stars.

Sunday’s game is big for both teams. The Stars are in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Both they and ninth-place Phoenix have 75 points, but the Stars have two games in hand and this is a chance for the Stars to make the most of one of those extra games.

The Jets, who are winless in their last six games (0-3-3) are six points behind the Stars and have played two fewer games than Dallas.

“It seems like every game is desperation time for us, for them,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “We realize as a team where they are at, they look at the game as do or die and a chance for them to move up against a team that is in a playoff spot.”

And Jets coach Paul Maurice wants his team to feel like tonight’s game is do or die.

“The really smart guys take all the pressure off their team, but I think we want to feel the pressure,” said Maurice. “I want our team to feel like this is a huge game and deal with all the emotions that go with that, that nervous energy, because it is part of that process they have to go through. They know it’s a big game … and we’re going to talk about how we handle these big games.”

Al Montoya will start in goal for the Jets.

Sunday’s game

Who: Dallas Stars at Winnipeg Jets
Where: MTS Centre, Winnipeg
When: 7 p.m.
TV: TXA-21
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

Stars projected lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin
Erik ColeCody Eakin/Travis MorinColton Sceviour
Antoine RousselVernon FiddlerRyan Garbutt
Ray WhitneyChris MuellerAlex Chiasson

Alex GoligoskiTrevor Daley
Jordie BennBrenden Dillon
Kevin Connauton
Sergei Gonchar

Tim Thomas
Cristopher Nilstorp

Jets projected lineup

Andrew Ladd - Bryan Little - Michael Frolik
Evander Kane - Eric O'Dell - Devin Setoguchi
Blake Wheeler - Olli Jokinen - Dustin Byfuglien
Eric Tangradi - Patrice Cormier - Anthony Peluso

Zach Bogosian - Tobias Enstrom
Mark Stuart - Jacob Trouba
Adam Pardy - Keaton Ellerby

Al Montoya
Michael Hutchinson

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.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
12 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 64 23 38 -4 61
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 64 15 37 -5 52
J. Klingberg 50 10 24 2 34
T. Daley 61 16 17 -10 33
C. Eakin 61 15 15 0 30
A. Hemsky 58 9 17 -9 26
A. Goligoski 64 2 24 2 26
A. Roussel 62 12 12 -10 24
S. Horcoff 60 8 13 3 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 26 13 10 .906 2.95
J. Enroth 13 25 2 .900 3.30
 
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