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Posted On Saturday, 03.10.2012 / 1:55 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Morrow, Ott returning for already surging Stars

DALLAS-- The Dallas Stars (37-26-5, 79 points) are currently on a nine-game point streak and have won four straight, but figure to get a huge boost with the likely return of captain Brenden Morrow and Steve Ott on Saturday night against the Anaheim Ducks (29-29-10, 68 points).
   
Morrow has missed 18 straight games with a lower-body injury and last played Feb. 2 at San Jose while Ott had played 50 consecutive games before missing a 4-3 shootout win Thursday over the Sharks because of back spasms.
   
“Yeah, he [Morrow] is going tonight,” Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan said.”His [Ott’s] back spasms have settled down and he’s feeling good, so he’s going to be a go tonight unless something happens between here and there but he felt good this morning.”
   
Both Dallas regulars figure to return to their normal spots on the Stars’ second line with Morrow on the left and Ott on the right of a line centered by 2012 All-Star Jamie Benn.
   
“I’ve already talked to [Morrow] about that and we’re going to start him with Bennie but we’re going to manage his minutes. So we’ll change the lines up a little bit during the game. I told Brenden probably between 10 and 12 or 10 and 14 [minutes], somewhere in there for the first game in five and a half weeks,” Gulutzan said. “I told him he’s not going to PK tonight. It’s a tough one because when that guy gets in he’s 110. If he’s a one-man wrecking crew then coaches get swayed.”
   
And it’s no big surprise to hear both players say they’re chomping at the bit to return to the ice.
   
“Unless the wife makes me some pancakes or something and I have a little trouble getting up this afternoon, I think it’s thumbs up for the game. That’s never been my pre-game routine so I think we’re safe for today,” Morrow said.
   
Ott also chimed in.

“A lot better -- obviously I was pretty locked up there the last game. I hate missing games. It’s tough but I just couldn’t go,” he said. “It’s just too seized up, probably obviously from the long road trip we had. Finally got it to loosen up with a lot of rehab the last couple days and should be good enough to go barring I wake up and it’s not in spasm.”
   
However, the Stars will be without defenseman Sheldon Souray, who left the game Thursday after two periods with a lower-body injury. In his place, Adam Pardy will return to the ice after being a healthy scratch for the last seven games.
   
"[Pardy] was good. At points we were thinking of putting him back in here anyway because he played so well in that stint just with everything that was going on we didn’t do that,” Gulutzan said. “We’re glad he’s getting in now tonight and that’s why we got him, so we can win hockey games.”
   
The Stars have taken four of their first five meetings this year with the Ducks and even with their recent success, they know Anaheim and its lineup full of offensive firepower like reigning Hart Trophy winner Corey Perry is always a club they have to be up for facing.
   
“They’ve got some good offensive players. You’ve got to always be aware when the other team’s top line and good offensive guys are out there because they can make some big plays,” Dallas rookie defenseman Philip Larsen said. “We’ve got to play our game. We know we’ve got to keep this going. We’ve got to be disciplined. They have a good team, got a good power play. It’s important to stay disciplined.”
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Posted On Saturday, 03.10.2012 / 1:19 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Ducks, Stars

DALLAS-- Here are the projected lineups for a game Saturday between the Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.

DUCKS

Niklas Hagman - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Bobby Ryan - Saku Koivu - Teemu Selanne
Andrew Cogliano - Ryan O’Marra - Matt Beleskey
Jason Blake - Rod Pelley - Devante Smith-Pelly

Francois Beauchemin - Cam Fowler
Luca Sbisa - Lubomir Visnovsky
Tony Lydman - Sheldon Brookbank

Jonas Hiller
Jeff Deslauriers

Injuries: Nick Bonino (lower body), Dan Ellis (sports hernia).
Scratches: Nate Guenin, George Parros

Notes:  The Ducks head into Saturday after losing 3-1 in St. Louis on Thursday, the first game of a three-game road trip. Anaheim is 0-3-0 against the Stars in Dallas this season, most recently losing 1-0 on Jan. 24 in the final game for both clubs before the NHL All-Star break. The Ducks have dropped four of their last six games and No. 1 goaltender Jonas Hiller has lost three consecutive starts between the pipes for Bruce Boudreau’s club. Anaheim recalled center Ryan O’Marra from Syracuse of the AHL on Saturday with Nick Bonino picking up a lower-body injury in the loss to the Blues. O’Marra had 17 points (8-9-17) and was a plus-17 player for Oklahoma City before being traded to the Ducks organization.

STARS

Loui Eriksson - Mike Ribeiro - Michael Ryder
Brenden Morrow - Jamie Benn - Steve Ott
Eric Nystrom - Vernon Fiddler - Radek Dvorak
Ryan Garbutt - Tom Wandell - Adam Burish

Alex Goligoski - Stephane Robidas
Mark Fistric - Trevor Daley
Philip Larsen - Adam Pardy

Kari Lehtonen
Richard Bachman

Scratches: Toby Petersen, Tomas Vincour, Jake Dowell
Injuries: Sheldon Souray (lower body)

Notes:  The Stars head into this contest with the Ducks on a nine-game point streak. Dallas is 8-0-1 dating back to their last loss in regulation on Feb. 19 against the Predators.  On Thursday, the Stars beat the Sharks 4-3 in a shootout with Tomas Vincour getting a game-tying goal late in the third period and also the deciding tally in the shootout. Winger Michael Ryder is currently on an eight-game point streak. The Stars are 4-1-0 in their four games against the Ducks this year and are averaging four points a game against Anaheim, having outscored them by 20-8. This game concludes a short two-game homestand for Dallas. The Stars could get captain Brenden Morrow back after he missed 18 games in a row with a lower body injury. Steve Ott could also return after missing the San Jose game with back spasms. 

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Posted On Thursday, 03.08.2012 / 1:42 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

First-place Stars try again to solve Sharks

DALLAS -- As good as the Dallas Stars (36-26-5, 77 points) have been during their current eight-game point streak, a run where they have gone 7-0-1 and taken 15 of a possible 16 points, on Thursday night at American Airlines Center they face a team they have yet to defeat this season in the San Jose Sharks (33-24-8, 74 points).

Dallas heads into tonight's Pacific Division battle just two days removed from an impressive 5-2 win at Vancouver on Tuesday, a victory that snapped a six-game losing streak on the Canucks' home ice.

That triumph gave the Stars a perfect 3-0-0 record in their road swing through Western Canada last week as they also won at Edmonton and Calgary earlier in the trip.

First-year coach Glen Gulutzan knows the reason for his club's recent upswing is actually a pretty simple one.

"Our guys are competing and it's probably well-documented they're a real tight group and they're playing for each other," Gulutzan said. "That's an important thing this time of year."

In their first three meetings with the Sharks this season, Dallas has been outscored 14-5 by San Jose, a trend Gulutzan obviously wants to see end tonight.

"We haven't really focused on San Jose other than our pre-scout and what they're doing. We've really isolated ourselves to what we need to do and the way we need to approach games. But certainly facts are facts and we know that we haven't beat them," Gulutzan said. "Today we're certainly focused on what our job is, what our game plan is and what it has been the last month. All that is just a distraction, we're focused on the way we need to play tonight."

Stars captain Brenden Morrow did go through his first morning skate since early February but he will miss a 17th straight game with an upper-body injury. He looks like a strong possibility to return to the ice on Saturday against Anaheim.

"Morrow's close, but not yet -- but I would say Brendan is a 60/40 for to play against Anaheim. If not, he'll play against Minnesota [next week]," Gulutzan said.

Second-line winger Steve Ott did not skate this morning due to an illness that continues to linger from the trip to Western Canada, but his coach isn't worried about the gritty forward being ready to go tonight.

"Otter's been sick the whole Western Canada trip and so we'll see how he is tonight, but he'll play," Gulutzan said. "He's getting better."

The Sharks are currently on a three-game losing streak, having lost 3-2 to Edmonton in overtime on Tuesday. But despite their current struggles, they aren't a team the Stars players are about to take lightly.

"They've been playing really well against us this year. We have to see if we can beat these guys," Dallas winger Loui Eriksson said. "It's going to be a hard-working game tonight again. We know they're right behind us in the standings. These two points are really huge for us to get, and we're going to do everything we can to get those."

And for 2012 All-Star center Jamie Benn, the key to getting both points tonight could be in how they approach their first game back after such a successful three-game road trip.

"Yeah, I think we've got to approach tonight like it's a road game. These first home games coming back after a road trip are pretty tough. I think we've got to play it as a road game -- play it the right way and go after them right away," Benn said.

Antti Niemi figures to start in goal for San Jose tonight, while it appears Dallas will go with Kari Lehtonen.

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Posted On Thursday, 03.08.2012 / 12:45 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Sharks, Stars

DALLAS -- Here are the projected lineups for today’s game between the San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center:

SHARKS
Patrick Marleau - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski
Ryane Clowe - Logan Couture - Tommy Wingels
Daniel Winnik - Dominic Moore - Torrey Mitchell
TJ Galiardi - Michal Handzus - Jim Vandermeer

Dan Boyle - Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Douglas Murray - Brent Burns
Justin Braun - Colin White

Antti Niemi
Thomas Greiss

Injuries: Martin Havlat (hamstring)

Scratches: Jason Demers, Andrew Desjardins, Benn Ferriero

Notes: The Sharks head into Thursday's game in Dallas on a three-game losing streak and are just 2-7-1 in their last 10 games. San Jose last played on Tuesday, losing 3-2 in overtime to Edmonton at HP Pavilion. For the season, the Sharks are 14-13-5 away from home. Tonight's contest marks the start of a four-game road trip that will also see them play in Phoenix, Edmonton and Calgary before hosting Nashville next Thursday in San Jose. However, the Sharks have had the Stars' number so far this season, taking all three previous meetings and outscoring Dallas by a combined 14-5.

STARS
Loui Eriksson - Mike Ribeiro - Michael Ryder
Steve Ott - Jamie Benn - Adam Burish
Eric Nystrom - Vernon Fiddler - Radek Dvorak
Ryan Garbutt - Tom Wandell - Tomas Vincour

Sheldon Souray - Stephane Robidas
Trevor Daley - Mark Fistric
Alex Goligoski - Philip Larsen

Kari Lehtonen
Richard Bachman

Injuries: Jake Dowell (finger), Brenden Morrow (upper body)

Scratches: Adam Pardy, Toby Petersen

Notes: Dallas is currently on a three-game winning streak after sweeping a trip through Western Canada, a run which culminated in an impressive 5-2 win at Vancouver on Tuesday, the Stars' first win on the Canucks' home ice since Jan. 2009. Glen Gulutzan's club is currently on an eight-game point streak, having won seven of their last eight contests. Dallas is 0-3-0 against the Sharks so far this season, dropping two meetings at American Airlines Center and another at HP Pavilion. Ryder is currently on a seven-game point streak while Ribeiro has at least a point in 10 of the last 11 games for the Stars. Tonight's game begins a short, two-game homestand for Dallas, who will also host Anaheim on Saturday.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.29.2012 / 2:38 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Kennedy, Crosby skate with team, but out tonight

DALLAS -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tyler Kennedy skated with his teammates Wednesday morning, as did Sidney Crosby, but neither of them figure to play tonight.

"Tyler Kennedy was back on the ice with the team for the first time in a morning skate," said Penguins coach Dan Bylsma. "Lineup will be game-time at this point in time and Marc-Andre Fleury will start in the net. Sidney skated with the team because he likes skating with people on the ice. He skated today because Tyler was going to be back on the ice with the team."
   
Kennedy hasn't played since Feb. 5 due to a high ankle sprain that was expected to sideline him from 4-6 weeks.

Forward Arron Asham, who missed Sunday's win against Columbus with an upper-body injury, will be a game-time decision. Bylsma said the decision will be made after Asham skates in pre-game warm-ups.
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Posted On Wednesday, 02.29.2012 / 1:42 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Stars get Benn back, go for fifth straight win

DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars have been riding high lately. A four-game winning streak will do that and tonight at American Airlines Center the Stars (33-26-4, 70 points), who currently sit eighth in the Western Conference standings and five points out of the lead in the Pacific Division, will look to equal their season-long winning streak of five games, set back in October 2011 as part of an 11-4-0 start.

These teams have already met once this season, back on Nov. 11 in Pittsburgh, and it was Dan Bylsma's Penguins who came away with a 3-1 win. Several things about that game continue to stick in the mind of Stars first-year  coach Glen Gulutzan.

"I thought they were a well-oiled machine," Gulutzan said. "I thought we played them well through the first half of that game. Then, they got a power-play goal and it was tied at 1-1 going into the third. They know their jobs, they work real hard and they play their systems to a tee."

Tonight's contest will mark the return of Stars All-Star center Jamie Benn to the ice after missing the last six games with a leg injury. Benn will return to his customary spot centering the second line alongside Steve Ott and Adam Burish, but will play less than 20 minutes in his first game since Feb. 16 against Calgary.

"I feel good," Benn said. "Excited for tonight, it's a big game for our team. It should be an exciting one. You want to get back in there and help your team out to try and make a strong push for the playoffs. There's two big points on the line tonight and we need them."

Even after missing much of February, Benn is still second on the Stars in points with 49, and his 32 assists are third-most on the club.

Dallas is 8-6-2 against the Eastern Conference this year and during their current four-game winning streak, the Stars have outscored their last four foes (Montreal, Chicago, Minnesota and Vancouver) by a combined 13-4.

Gulutzan's club is just 1-5-1 in its last seven against the Pens -- but that one win came in Dallas on Nov. 3, 2010, a 5-2 victory.

"They're a good team. They are all definitely on the same page and they play for each other. That combined with skill is a dangerous mix," Stars winger Eric Nystrom said. "We've got the same type of team in here. We're going to work as hard as we possibly can tonight, play our game plan and if we do that, the result should be good."

Dallas' top line of Loui Eriksson, Mike Ribeiro and Michael Ryder has combined for 40 points in the 15 games since the NHL All-Star break. That matchup between the Stars' top group and the Pens' first line of Chris Kunitz, Evgeni Malkin and ex-Star James Neal figures to be one to watch, but the man behind the Dallas bench chooses to put his focus elsewhere.

"We'll be more interested in our defensive matchups against them. Obviously, they have an elite, elite player over there [in Malkin] and we're going to have to be mindful of that tonight," Gulutzan said. "To our guys, it's our game that's our focal point, for sure."
   
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Posted On Wednesday, 02.29.2012 / 9:38 AM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Penguins, Stars

DALLAS -- Here are the projected lineups for today’s game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.

PENGUINS

Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Steve Sullivan - Jordan Staal - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Joe Vitale - Richard Park
Eric Tangradi - Craig Adams - Dustin Jeffrey

Paul Martin - Kris Letang
Brooks Orpik - Zbynek Michalek
Matt Niskanen - Deryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury
Brad Thiessen

Injuries: Arron Asham (upper body), Sidney Crosby (concussion), Brent Johnson (undisclosed), Tyler Kennedy (ankle)

Scratches:  Ben Lovejoy

Notes: Tonight will mark the first game in Dallas for Neal since the Stars traded him to the Steel City last February along with Niskanen for fellow blueliner Alex Goligoski. Neal was a second-round pick of the Stars in 2005 and played in 224 games for them, registering 72 goals and 131 points during his two-plus seasons in Big D. Niskanen was a first-round pick of Dallas in 2005 and skated in 277 games for the Stars with 16 goals and 76 points during his three and a half seasons in the Lone Star State. These teams met in Pittsburgh on Nov. 11, 2011 with the Pens prevailing 3-1.

STARS
Loui Eriksson - Mike Ribeiro - Michael Ryder
Steve Ott - Jamie Benn - Adam Burish
Eric Nystrom - Vernon Fiddler - Radek Dvorak
Ryan Garbutt - Tom Wandell - Tomas Vincour

Sheldon Souray - Stephane Robidas
Trevor Daley - Mark Fistric
Alex Goligoski - Philip Larsen

Kari Lehtonen
Richard Bachman

Scratches: Adam Pardy, Toby Petersen

Injuries: Jake Dowell (finger), Brenden Morrow (upper body)

Notes: Dallas is currently on a four-game winning streak and hasn't lost since Feb. 19 against Nashville. One more victory and the Stars will equal their season-winning streak of five games, which was set back in Oct. 2011 as part of an 11-4-0 start. The Stars last played on Sunday, when they beat the Canucks in overtime, 3-2 to end a six-game losing streak against Vancouver. Tonight's game will mark the return of Benn, their All-Star center who has missed the last six games with a leg injury. Benn suffered a cut to the back of his leg in an overtime win over the Flames on Feb. 16. He will center Dallas' second line alongside Ott and Burish. First-line center Ribeiro is currently on a seven-game points streak, the longest by any Stars player this season.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.26.2012 / 11:21 AM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected Lineups: Canucks at Stars

DALLAS -- Here are the projected lineups for today’s game between the Vancouver Canucks and Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.

CANUCKS
Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Jannik Hansen
Mason Raymond - Cody Hodgson - David Booth
Chris Higgins - Ryan Kesler - Alex Burrows
Manny Malhotra - Max Lapierre - Byron Bitz

Dan Hamhuis - Kevin Bieksa
Alex Edler - Andrew Alberts
Aaron Rome - Sami Salo

Roberto Luongo (starter)
Cory Schneider

Scratches:  Alexander Sulzer, Chris Tanev, Dale Weise.

Injuries: Keith Ballard (neck).

Notes:  Vancouver has won both games on their current road trip, ending Detroit’s NHL-record home winning streak at 23 games on Thursday and then winning at New Jersey on Friday in the second game of a back-to-back. The Canucks now lead the league with 86 points and are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. Vancouver also has the NHL’s top road record at 22-10-2. Sunday will mark the first meeting of the season between the Canucks and Stars and Vancouver swept all four meetings last year and has won six straight overall.

STARS
Lou Eriksson - Mike Ribeiro - Michael Ryder
Steve Ott - Tom Wandell - Tomas Vincour
Eric Nystrom - Vernon Fiddler - Radek Dvorak
Toby Petersen - Ryan Garbutt - Adam Burish

Sheldon Souray - Stephane Robidas
Trevor Daley - Mark Fistric
Alex Goligoski - Philip Larsen

Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Richard Bachman

Scratches: Matt Fraser, Adam Pardy.

Injuries: Jamie Benn (knee), Jake Dowell (finger), Brenden Morrow (upper body).

Notes:  Dallas is currently on a three-game winning streak, having won on the road at Montreal, at Chicago and at home on Friday against Minnesota by a combined score of 10-2. The Stars lost all four meetings with Vancouver last season and overall, Dallas has dropped six straight against the reigning Western Conference  champion Canucks.  C Mike Ribeiro is currently on a six-game point streak.  Dallas will be without All-Star center Jamie Benn for a sixth straight game but rookie defenseman Philip Larsen is probable even after taking a puck to the head in the third period of Friday’s win over the Wild.
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Posted On Friday, 02.24.2012 / 11:10 AM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Wild, Stars

DALLAS -- Here are the projected lineups for tonight's game between the Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.

WILD
Dany Heatley - Kyle Brodziak - Devin Setoguchi
Darroll Powe - Matt Cullen - Nick Johnson
Cal Clutterbuck - Erik Christensen - Chad Rau
Matt Kassian - Warren Peters - Jed Ortmeyer

Marco Scandella - Jared Spurgeon
Nick Schultz - Nate Prosser
Greg Zanon - Marek Zidlicky

Niklas Backstrom
Matt Hackett

Scratches:  Justin Falk

Injuries: Pierre-Marc Bouchard (concussion), Josh Harding (lower body), Mikko Koivu (undisclosed), Guillaume Latendresse (concussion), Mike Lundin (lower body),  Jarod Palmer (concussion), Clayton Stoner (leg)

Notes: The Wild beat the Panthers 3-2 in a shootout on Thursday night in South Florida. Minnesota has just three wins in their last 10 games but has won two in a row. These teams last met in Dallas on Feb. 4 and it was the Stars who came away with a 2-1 win in a shootout. Minnesota had taken the first meeting of the year, on Jan. 24 in the Twin Cities, by a 5-2 margin. Heatley had 2 assists against Florida and now has 14 points over his last 13 games. Coach Mike Yeo might go with the rookie Hackett in goal tonight. He is 2-0-0 thus far with one shutout and a goals-against-average of 0.85.

STARS
Lou Eriksson - Mike Ribeiro - Michael Ryder
Steve Ott - Tom Wandell - Tomas Vincour
Eric Nystrom - Vernon Fiddler - Radek Dvorak
Toby Petersen - Ryan Garbutt - Adam Burish

Alex Goligoski - Stephane Robidas
Trevor Daley - Mark Fistric
Philip Larsen - Sheldon Souray

Kari Lehtonen
Richard Bachman

Scratches: Matt Fraser, Adam Pardy

Injuries: Jamie Benn (knee), Jake Dowell (finger), Brenden Morrow (upper body)

Notes: The Stars head into tonight’s game riding a two-game winning streak after road wins at Montreal on Tuesday (3-0) and Chicago on Thursday (3-1). Dallas is 0-9-2 this season in the second game of a back-to-back.  GM Joe Nieuwendyk said during a Thursday interview with a local sports radio station that 2012 All-Star Jamie Benn is doubtful for tonight's game. Benn didn't skate prior to Thursday's game in Chicago, and due to tonight's game being a back-to-back, there was no skate on Friday morning. Tonight's game begins a three-game homestand for the Stars and concludes a stretch where Dallas played in a different building each night for 11 straight games. Ribeiro, who had 2 assists in Thursday's win over the Blackhawks, is currently on a five-game point streak.
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Posted On Sunday, 02.19.2012 / 12:00 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected Predators-Stars lineups

DALLAS -- Here are the projected lineups for tonight's game between the Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.

PREDATORS

Colin Wilson-David Legwand-Gabriel Bourque
Sergei Kostitsyn-Mike Fisher-Martin Erat
Brandon Yip-Nick Spaling-Jordin Tootoo
Matt Halischuk-Craig Smith-Jerred Smithson

Ryan Suter-Shea Weber
Hal Gill-Kevin Klein
Roman Josei-Francis Bouillon

Pekka Rinne (starter)
Anders Lindback

Scratches: Ryan Ellis, Jack Hillen.

Injuries: Patric Hornqvist (upper body), Brian McGrattan (upper body).

Notes:  Barry Trotz's Predators are 0-3-1 in their last four games away from the Music City and they are 0-2-0 against the Stars so far this season. D Hal Gill figures to make his Nashville debut today in Dallas after being acquired on Friday in a trade with Montreal. The addition of Gill makes the Preds, who were already pretty deep at the blueline, even deeper, which could pay huge dividends down the stretch and come playoff time. Nashville fell 2-1 at Detroit on Friday. Unlike Dallas, they did not play on Saturday and figure to be well-rested for this one.

STARS

Loui Eriksson-Mike Ribeiro-Michael Ryder
Steve Ott-Tom Wandell-Tomas Vincour
Eric Nystrom-Vernon Fiddler-Radek Dvorak
Ryan Garbutt-Jake Dowell-Adam Burish

Alex Goligoski-Stephane Robidas
Nicklas Grossman-Trevor Daley
Philip Larsen-Mark Fistric

Richard Bachman (starter)
Kari Lehtonen

Scratch: Toby Petersen.

Injuries: Jamie Benn, (knee), Brenden Morrow (upper body), Sheldon Souray (foot).

Notes:  The Stars head into today's game with Nashville after a 2-1 overtime loss at Phoenix last night. Dallas is 0-8-2 in the second leg of a back-to-back this season and the only team in the NHL yet to win the second game of a back-to-back. It looks like Glen Gulutzan's club will be without All-Star center Jamie Benn for a second straight game as he continues to recover after being cut by the skate of Chris Giordano in a 3-2 overtime win over Calgary on Thursday. Dallas is 2-0-0 against the Predators this season and the Stars have won four of the last five meetings.
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