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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 50 32 12 6 147 134 70
2 NSH 48 31 11 6 145 115 68
3 STL 48 31 13 4 156 117 66
4 CHI 49 31 16 2 155 113 64
5 WPG 50 26 16 8 140 127 60
6 SJS 49 26 17 6 137 135 58
7 VAN 47 27 17 3 129 120 57
8 CGY 49 26 20 3 140 127 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 COL 50 21 18 11 131 141 53
11 DAL 48 22 19 7 152 157 51
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 48 17 25 6 111 161 40
14 EDM 49 13 27 9 113 162 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 48 28 25 1 53
J. Benn 48 16 28 -2 44
J. Spezza 48 8 27 -4 35
T. Daley 45 12 12 -7 24
E. Cole 44 12 11 3 23
A. Goligoski 48 1 22 8 23
A. Roussel 48 11 11 -1 22
C. Eakin 45 9 13 8 22
J. Klingberg 34 7 13 8 20
A. Hemsky 45 8 11 -6 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 20 11 7 .903 2.99
A. Lindback 2 7 0 .875 3.79
 
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