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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 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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