Dillon Skates, but Not Expected to Play Monday

Sunday, 04.20.2014 / 3:01 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Dillon Skates, but Not Expected to Play Monday

Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon is making progress, but he is not expected to be ready for Game 3 of the Stars’ playoff series against Anaheim Monday night at American Airlines Center.

Dillon, who has missed the first two games of the series with a lower body injury, skated prior to the team’s practice in Frisco Sunday morning.

“He skated this morning for just a short period of time. Better,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “He may have a chance to skate with the team tomorrow. We’re advancing, but he won’t be ready to play.”

The Stars practiced for about 45 minutes in Frisco this morning. Despite being down 0-2 in the series, spirits are still high with the series shifting to Dallas, where they have played well over the second part of the season.

“We’re staying loose out there. We’re having fun. We had a good practice,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn. “We’re excited for tomorrow. We’ve got a chance to win a hockey game and make the series 2-1. I thought we’ve played some pretty good hockey, just not good enough. We’ve got to go that extra step and find a way to win.”

This will be the Stars’ first home playoff game since May 2008, and the team is expecting a revved up building.

“I think players really embrace it. Fans have been tremendous down the stretch,” Ruff said. “I think what really typified it was the Modano night where you end up coming back and winning a game like that on home ice and you feel that electricity in the building. I think again tomorrow, our fans are getting a playoff treat and our players are getting an opportunity to play in front of them, and I think as much as our players got to see the energy in Anaheim’s building, we’ll get to embrace that energy in our building.”

Stars practice lineup

Here’s the lineup the Stars rolled out in practice on Sunday.

Forward lines:

Jamie BennTyler SeguinAlex Chiasson
Erik ColeCody EakinValeri Nichushkin
Antoine RousselVernon FiddlerRyan Garbutt
Ray WhitneyShawn HorcoffColton Sceviour
Chris Mueller-Dustin Jeffrey

Defense pairs were mixed, but primarily:

Alex Goligoski- Trevor Daley
Patrik NemethJordie Benn
Kevin ConnautonSergei Gonchar
Aaron Rome

Goaltenders:

Kari Lehtonen
Tim Thomas

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 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
6 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
7 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
8 NSH 55 25 21 9 142 148 59
9 ARI 54 25 23 6 143 164 56
10 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
11 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 55 28 34 16 62
T. Seguin 55 28 32 11 60
J. Klingberg 55 10 36 14 46
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 55 16 24 -2 40
A. Goligoski 55 4 20 16 24
C. Eakin 55 10 13 0 23
M. Janmark 55 10 10 14 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 52 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 15 5 0 .912 2.79
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