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Stars Will Rest Benn, Lehtonen, Daley in Regular Season Finale

Sunday, 04.13.2014 / 4:33 PM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars Will Rest Benn, Lehtonen, Daley in Regular Season Finale
The Dallas Stars close out the regular season tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes. There\u2019s nothing at stake for the Stars, who wrapped up a playoff stop on Friday, but coach Lindy Ruff said he is trying to keep things as normal as possible.

The Dallas Stars close out the regular season tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes. There’s nothing at stake for the Stars, who wrapped up a playoff stop on Friday, but coach Lindy Ruff said he is trying to keep things as normal as possible.

“You just approach it as a normal game. That’s the best thing to do,” Ruff said. “You talk about how you want to play, compete hard. The worst thing you can do is take the game for granted because bad things can happen. I talked to the team about being ready to play and keeping it as normal as possible.”

The Stars will rest some players. Kari Lehtonen will get the night off and Tim Thomas will start in goal. Jamie Benn won’t play and it appears Trevor Daley will get the night off as well.

“Some of it is based on play and some of it is being a little bit nicked up,” Ruff said. “In Jamie’s case, he’s played a lot of hockey and he didn’t have the time off other guys had. He’s been fighting through a little bit of an injury, so it is a good time to let him freshen up.”

Kevin Connauton and Aaron Rome will be in on defense. Rome hasn’t played since March 29 and Connauton hasn’t played since March 25, so Ruff wants to get them plenty of ice time tonight to be ready for the playoffs if they are needed.

“We’d like to get both those guys big minutes, we’d like to see it around 20 minutes for both guys,” Ruff said.

Brenden Dillon, who left Friday’s game with a lower body injury, did not skate Sunday. Ruff said he anticipates Dillon being ready for the playoffs.

“He’s day to day. He’ll probably skate on Tuesday and if things go well I anticipate he’ll play,” Ruff said.

Ray Whitney, who has missed the last five games with a lower body injury, continues to skate and is listed as day to day.

Stars-Ducks to begin on Wednesday

The Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks will open the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at 9 p.m. Wednesday night at Honda Center in Anaheim. The rest of the schedule will be released late Sunday or early Monday.

Sunday’s game

Who: Dallas Stars at Phoenix Coyotes
Where: Jobing.com Arena, Glendale
When: 8:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

Stars projected lineup

Shawn HorcoffTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin
Antoine RousselCody EakinRyan Garbutt
Erik Cole
Vernon FiddlerAlex Chiasson
Chris Mueller
Dustin JeffreyColton Sceviour

Jordie BennAlex Goligoski
Aaron RomeSergei Gonchar
Patrik NemethKevin Connauton

Tim Thomas
Kari Lehtonen

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 21 12 4 5 58 53 29
2 NSH 20 13 5 2 57 42 28
3 STL 20 13 6 1 53 41 27
4 VAN 20 13 6 1 61 60 27
5 CGY 21 12 7 2 66 57 26
6 LAK 21 11 6 4 57 49 26
7 CHI 20 12 7 1 62 40 25
8 WPG 21 10 8 3 43 47 23
9 SJS 22 10 9 3 59 60 23
10 MIN 19 11 8 0 54 43 22
11 DAL 21 8 9 4 61 72 20
12 COL 21 7 9 5 53 67 19
13 ARI 20 8 10 2 49 62 18
14 EDM 21 6 13 2 49 74 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 21 15 11 4 26
J. Benn 21 8 11 2 19
J. Spezza 21 4 14 -7 18
A. Roussel 21 5 7 -3 12
T. Daley 21 5 6 -9 11
C. Eakin 18 4 5 3 9
R. Garbutt 18 3 5 -4 8
A. Goligoski 21 0 8 0 8
E. Cole 20 4 3 -2 7
S. Horcoff 21 3 4 -1 7
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 8 5 4 .906 2.98
A. Lindback 0 4 0 .845 4.52
 
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