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\u2019 playoff series against Anaheim Monday night at American Airlines Center.

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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
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3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
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13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 76 28 44 -4 72
T. Seguin 66 34 35 -1 69
J. Spezza 76 16 41 -3 57
J. Klingberg 59 11 27 6 38
C. Eakin 72 17 19 -2 36
T. Daley 62 16 19 -9 35
A. Goligoski 76 4 31 0 35
A. Hemsky 70 11 21 -6 32
S. Horcoff 72 11 17 8 28
V. Fiddler 74 12 14 -6 26
 
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K. Lehtonen 34 15 10 .907 2.84
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.28
 
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