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Posted On Thursday, 02.16.2012 / 2:58 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Big night for Sabres' Leino

PHILADELPHIA -- There hasn't been a lot for Buffalo Sabres forward Ville Leino to smile about this season, but a return to Philadelphia certainly is a high point for him.

Leino had his best NHL experiences in his two seasons with the Flyers, going to the Stanley Cup Final in 2010 and setting career highs last season with 19 goals and 34 assists while playing on a top line with Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell.

An unrestricted free agent after the season, he signed a six-year, $27 million deal with the Sabres in the hope that last season was the foundation for extended success. It hasn't worked out, though, as Leino has just four goals and 11 assists in 45 games, and was a healthy scratch once.

"I had a lot of fun here," Leino told reporters following the Sabres' morning skate. "It was so far the best time of my career. But it's still fun in Buffalo. ... We've been struggling a little bit, but we have a good team here and it can get better."

Leino has bounced from center to the wing, and tonight will play left wing on a line with center Derek Roy and right wing Jason Pominville.

"I think we had a good run those five games or whatever we were playing (together earlier in the season)," said Leino. "We were winning games, so hopefully we can get back to those winning ways and get some goals tonight and help the team."

"When he's played with Derek he's played well," said Sabres coach Lindy Ruff. "We're hoping to get the same type of play."

While Leino already has faced the Flyers twice this season, Pominville told NHL.com he expects to see Leino have an extra jump in his skates tonight.

"It's going to be a special night for him, I'm sure," he said. "This is the place where he really made a name for himself, had the most success, and has done really well here. It's a special night. He wants to do well in front of friends and old teammates. We'll try to help him out. He won't need that extra motivation tonight, he'll already have that."

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK
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Posted On Thursday, 02.16.2012 / 2:37 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Ruff feeling better, Sabres happy to have him back

PHILADELPHIA -- About the only thing that's been in Western New York longer than Lindy Ruff is Niagara Falls.

So it was a bit of a strange sight for the Buffalo Sabres players to look toward their team's bench the last week and not see Ruff, who has been coaching the team since 1997.

"Definitely was different," right wing Drew Stafford told NHL.com. "He was still around, but to not have him on bench, even during practice a couple times, he wasn't on the ice because he couldn't go on the ice. It was a little different having that feeling."

Ruff ended up with three broken ribs in a collision with defenseman Jordan Leopold in a practice Feb. 6. Leopold lost his footing during a puck-retrieval drill and slid into Ruff, who was looking the other way. The force of the blow took Ruff's legs out from under him, and the coach, who turns 52 on Friday, hit the ice hard.

"He got it pretty bad but he could have gotten it a lot worse," Sabres captain Jason Pominville told NHL.com. Pominville is one of 15 Sabres whose only NHL coach has been Ruff. "If he hits his head (on the ice) at the speed those guys were going when they hit him, he could have had some pretty big damage to his head. … As he was falling he tucked his head so it didn't hit the ice."

The injuries kept Ruff off the bench for three games, with assistant coaches James Patrick, Kevyn Adams and Teppo Numminen running the bench in Ruff's absence.

The Sabres won two of the three games before Ruff returned Wednesday against the New Jersey Devils.

"It's good to have him back on the bench, back to normal," said Stafford. "The rest of the coaching staff did a great job on the bench in his absence. They did a great job, made it comfortable for us, made it easy for us. At the same time, to have Lindy back, it's nice."

Pominville, now in his eighth season playing for Ruff, said little changed in the coach's absence.

"Maybe the first meeting," he said. "You're so used to having Lindy control the meeting. Hearing somebody else was a little different.

"The only difference was the voice, a different voice speaking in the room. The message was the same. They (Ruff and the assistant coaches) were constantly in communication with each other. The message was absolutely the same, just someone else delivering it to us."

Ruff is back to being able to deliver the message himself, but he said he's far from 100 percent. His injuries prevent him from raising his voice to yell out instructions, he's wearing a flak jacket on the bench and he's not yet able to get on the ice for practice yet.

"I don't feel good enough yet, but it feels better," he said. He added that flying Wednesday from Buffalo to Philadelphia was uncomfortable.

"I traveled OK," said Ruff. "I don't think it was ideal, but I traveled OK."

His players are happy he's able to be with them in any shape or form.

"The (assistant coaches) did a good job, but at the same time, Lindy's our guy," said Pominville. "He's the voice that needs to be heard, he's the leader of this whole boat. … He's the one that gets us going and finds different ways. Just his presence is nice."

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK
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Posted On Thursday, 02.16.2012 / 2:26 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

As trade rumors swirl, Zidlicky sits for Wild

ST. PAUL -- The Marek Zidlicky watch is in full effect today at Xcel Energy Center.

The disgruntled defenseman, subject of trade rumors for much of the last 24 hours, skated this morning for the Wild, but will be a healthy scratch tonight against Winnipeg.

It's not to say a trade is imminent, or is even going to happen at this point. But the trade talk has been so thick in the Twin Cities of late that Wild coach Mike Yeo made the decision to sit Zidlicky down tonight -- the fifth time this season he will be scratched.

"All coaching decision," Yeo said. "I don't know what's going on. I don't know what is going to happen. But what I can say is, it's quite obvious that focus-wise, it'd be a tough game for him to go out and perform the way we need him to."

Zidlicky's desire to leave Minnesota became obvious last month when he told Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune of his displeasure about being scratched three games in January. On Wednesday, TSN's Darren Dreger reported Zidlicky had waived his no-trade clause in order to facilitate a trade to New Jersey. Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said he had not approached Zidlicky about a trade to the Devils, or anywhere else for that matter.

It is believed Fletcher is working on something, but as of early Thursday afternoon, there was nothing new to report.

Zidlicky's teammates say it's business as usual, especially for a team desperate to break a five-game losing skid. The Wild have also lost four games in a row at Xcel Energy Center, the first time that's ever happened.

"Everybody reads the papers and is aware of what's in the papers. There's no secrets anymore," Wild forward Matt Cullen said. "That sort of thing, you can't allow to creep in. You just have to leave it alone, and let that take care of itself. Guys are aware of what's going on, but to be honest, there's really nothing we can do about it.

"As a player, you've got plenty to worry about, getting yourself to play and trying to find a way to win a game here."

In that regard, both the Wild and Jets have plenty on their plates. Minnesota has lost 21 of 26 games, a stretch that began Dec. 13 in Winnipeg. At the time, the Wild had won seven straight games and were the best team in the National Hockey League.

"And do you want me to cry or what?" said Jets coach Claude Noel when asked about the quirky statistic. "It's funny, because some teams, when you're hot like they were when they came in, some teams springboard off of a game like that. We've springboarded off that game and had a pretty good month. We've used that to build confidence.

"When you watch them play at that time and then now, you can see the magnitude of what confidence does with a team, both good and bad."

The Jets pounded on the Wild physically that night, including a Zach Bogosian check-from-behind on Pierre-Marc Bouchard that some feel is the main reason why Bouchard has missed several weeks, and could perhaps miss the rest of season, with yet another concussion. Bouchard missed a couple of games after that because of a broken nose and facial lacerations, but returned for a spell shortly after. On injured reserve since Jan. 7, the Bogosian hit is believed to be the incident that set the wheels in motion on yet another head injury for Bouchard.

Bogosian is not in St. Paul because of a lower-body injury. Noel said he will be re-evaluated tomorrow and will be a game-time decision against Boston on Friday.

Both Minnesota and Winnipeg are both struggling to score of late, with the Wild 29th in the NHL in goals per game and the Jets 25th. Winnipeg took the first game by a score of 2-1, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see a similar score tonight.

"Just the way both teams play, I see it being a low-scoring game," Noel said. "I think it has the makings of a good game, a really good game. Both teams are going to have some urgency."

On the lineup front, Chris Mason will start in goal for the Jets. He's lost three straight starts, but has allowed just two goals in each of his last two. He hasn't played since a 2-1 loss at Florida on Feb. 3.

For Minnesota, Yeo said winger Cal Clutterbuck looked good this morning and will skate before the game. He's missed two games with a charley horse and is a game-time decision tonight. If Clutterbuck can't go, Jeff Taffe, called up Wednesday from AHL Houston, will take his place. Cody Almond, also just called up, will play, taking the place of Carson McMillan, who was placed on injured reserve following Minnesota's 2-1 loss to Anaheim Tuesday.

Niklas Backstrom will get the nod in goal.
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Posted On Thursday, 02.16.2012 / 2:24 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Wild, Jets

Here are the projected lineups for tonight's game between the Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center:

WILD
Dany Heatley - Mikko Koivu - Devin Setoguchi
Matt Cullen - Kyle Brodziak - Nick Johnson
Cal Clutterbuck - Erik Christensen - Cody Almond
Darroll Powe - Warren Peters - Matt Kassian

Nick Schultz - Nate Prosser
Marco Scandella - Jared Spurgeon
Justin Falk - Greg Zanon

Niklas Backstrom
Josh Harding

JETS
Andrew Ladd - Bryan Little - Blake Wheeler
Evander Kane - Alexander Burmistrov - Kyle Wellwood
Tanner Glass - Jim Slater - Chris Thorburn
Tim Stapleton - Nik Antropov - Antti Miettinen

Tobias Enstrom - Dustin Byfuglien
Ron Hainsey - Randy Jones
Johnny Oduya - Mark Stuart

Chris Mason
Ondrej Pavelec
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Posted On Thursday, 02.16.2012 / 1:58 PM

By Louie Korac -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Arnott, Huskins activated for Blues against Islanders

ST. LOUIS -- Projected lines for the game Thursday night between the St. Louis Blues and New York Islanders at Scottrade Center:

BLUES

David Perron - David Backes - T.J. Oshie
Andy McDonald - Patrik Berglund - Jamie Langenbrunner
Vladimir Sobotka - Jason Arnott - B.J. Crombeen
Chris Porter - Scott Nichol - Chris Stewart

Barret Jackman - Kevin Shattenkirk
Kent Huskins - Alex Pietrangelo
Kris Russell - Roman Polak

Brian Elliott
Jaroslav Halak

The Blues activated Arnott (shoulder) and Huskins (ankle) off injured reserve Thursday. Huskins missed 46 games after breaking a bone in his left ankle blocking a shot in Calgary on Oct. 28. Arnott was injured on Feb. 3 against the Los Angeles Kings and missed the previous six games. The Blues are without LW Alex Steen (concussion symptoms) and RW Matt D'Agostini (concussion). Steen will miss his 21st straight game tonight and has been out of the lineup since Dec. 27. D'Agostini was injured Feb. 7 in Ottawa and will miss his fifth consecutive game. D Carlo Colaiacovo appeared to have injured his right wrist at practice Wednesday sliding into the corner boards but coach Ken Hitchcock said he's feeling better and hopes to have the left-handed defenseman for practice Friday. F Ryan Reaves is the lone healthy scratch.

ISLANDERS

Matt Moulson - John Tavares - Kyle Okposo
Michael Grabner - Frans Nielsen - PA Parenteau
Brian Rolston - Josh Bailey - Matt Martin
Jay Pandolfo - Marty Reasoner - Nino Niederreiter

Mark Streit - Steve Staios
Mark Eaton - Milan Jurcina
Aaron Ness - Andrew MacDonald

Evgeni Nabokov
Al Montoya

Players sidelined for the Islanders include G Rick DiPietro (sports hernia/knee), D Travis Hamonic (nose/face), D Mark Katic (shoulder), D Mike Mottau (concussion) and D Dylan Reese (MCL sprain). Healthy scratches include D Ty Wishart and RW Tim Wallace.
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Posted On Thursday, 02.16.2012 / 1:56 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Sabres hope to continue recent road success

PHILADELPHIA -- Have the Buffalo Sabres put their road woes behind them?

They snapped a 12-game road losing streak Jan. 24 in New Jersey, and enter tonight's game in Philadelphia winners of three in a row away from home.

So what's changed?

"I think you look at it, it has been the depth," said Ruff. "(Paul) Gaustad on the Island was able to help us win a game. If you look at it, the (New) Jersey game, that was a game that stayed really tight and we end up pushing through and winning. The islander game, we scored late in the third. But it has been the depth that's been able to get us some goals, three lines contributing in the scoring column.

One of those lines Ruff is hoping to get something extra out of is the trio of Nathan Gerbe, Tyler Ennis and Thomas Vanek.

"We're looking at with this stretch of games, with four in less than six days, we know we're going to have to play four lines, we know we're going to need depth in scoring. Especially on the road. I don't think our road scoring has been very good. I don't think Thomas on the road has gotten much done. So we're looking for some opportunities. We're looking for that line to push through and make a difference for us."

The Sabres had an optional practice this morning, so here's how their lineup likely will look tonight:

Nathan Gerbe - Tyler Ennis - Thomas Vanek
Ville Leino - Derek Roy - Jason Pominville
Drew Stafford - Paul Gaustad - Patrick Kaleta
Matt Ellis - Brad Boyes - Zack Kassian

Mike Weber - Christian Ehrhoff
Jordan Leopold - Robyn Regehr
Andrej Sekera - Tyler Myers

Jhonas Enroth will see his first action in goal in almost a month when he starts tonight. In his last game, Jan. 18 against the Chicago, he allowed six goals on 35 shots. Ryan Miller will serve as the backup tonight, but will start tomorrow at home against Montreal.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK
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Posted On Thursday, 02.16.2012 / 1:46 PM

By Lonnie Herman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Lightning prepare for Sharks without Kubina

TAMPA – What’s 847 days between friends?

That’s how long it has been since the San Jose Sharks visited Tampa Bay, and no team in the NHL has currently gone longer. But that number resets after Thursday night when the Sharks face the Lightning at Tampa Bay Times Forum.

As if to make up for lost time, San Jose arrived in Tampa on Monday and has had several days to adjust to the weather, and although the Sharks are in game two of a season-long eight-game road trip, the outlook looks much stormier for Tampa Bay.

“Let’s say it like it is: last year and this year we looked like pee-wees against them,” Lightning coach Guy Boucher said.

The Sharks defeated the Lightning earlier this season in San Jose 7-2.

“They have been very good on the power play so we have to stay out of the box for sure,” Boucher said. “We’ve got to keep it tight; obviously, if it’s one goal, it’s one goal, but we don’t want to catch up on two or three goals against these guys, that’s for sure. That would be very difficult.”

The Lightning are preparing to play without defenseman Pavel Kubina, who is being kept off the ice pending the completion of a trade, general manager Steve Yzerman announced Thursday.

“Every day is tough; days like this are tougher,” Boucher said.  “Obviously, Kubina is a good man, a good person, and he’s played hard for us.

“People talk about a business but for me it’s never about a business, it’s about winning and players on the ice and building players off the ice. (Kubina) has done a good job with us. I don’t know who or what as to where he’s going but I do feel for him because I do care about our players. But at the same time, if he does go to a Stanley Cup contender, I think it’s a good opportunity for him. But I have no clue – none – as to decisions and directions. That’s all that I have to say on the record for that.”

Tampa Bay is fighting for its playoff lives, but the decision to move Kubina could signal the opening salvo in a wholesale sell-off as the team re-tools for the future.

Yzerman said that is not necessarily the case.

 “This doesn’t make it official that, ‘Hey, the sale is on,’ by any means,” Yzerman said. “We’re not just going to give people away, but if there are deals that make sense that whatever we are bringing in in return make us a better organization, we’re going to do that, but we won’t just unload guys for the sake of unloading.

“We’re making our decisions on a player-by-player basis, or an opportunity-by-opportunity basis and we see potential opportunity to improve our club. The broader strategy is that we want to be a better team in the future and we’ll look at any opportunity that will make us a better team in the future. That is our strategy. We want to be a Cup contender at some point and we’re going to have to do some things to become that.”
                                       
The Lightning face a legitimate Cup contender in the Sharks, currently in third place in the Western Conference, although they are facing a difficult stretch in their schedule which will see the team on the road for 12 of their next 16 games.

“It’s only getter tougher,” Dan Boyle said. “But, we are where we want to be right now.”

Here are the projected lineups for the Sharks and Lightning:

SHARKS

Patrick Marleau - Joe Thornton -Joe Pavelski
Ryane Clowe - Logan Couture - Tommy Wingels
Jamie McGinn - Michal Handzus - Torrey Mitchell
Brad Winchester - Andrew Desjardins - John McCarthy

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

Antti Niemi
Thomas Greiss

LIGHTNING

Ryan Malone - Vincent Lecavalier - Martin St. Louis
Steve Downie - Steven Stamkos - Teddy Purcell
Tom Pyatt - Dominic Moore - Brett Connolly
Adam Hall - Nate Thompson - JT Wyman

Eric Brewer - Victor Hedman
Brett Clark - Matt Gilroy
Brendan Mikkelson - Bruno Gervais
    
Dwayne Roloson
Mathieu Garon








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Posted On Thursday, 02.16.2012 / 1:36 PM

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

For Stars, it's all about the start against Flames

DALLAS -- During their current two-game losing streak at American Airlines Center, the Dallas Stars (28-25-3, 59 points) have gotten off to slow starts in consecutive home losses to the Coyotes and Kings. That's a trend first-year coach Glen Gulutzan would like to see reverse itself tonight as the Calgary Flames (27-22-8, 62 points) visit the Lone Star State.

"I don't know if it's an epidemic here because we're starting slow at home and that's something we've addressed," Gulutzan said. "It seems when you're at home, there has to be a greater emphasis on making sure you're coming out. You have to test if your opponent's ready and a lot of times in the first 10 minutes if they're not, you can get an edge and make a team play uncomfortable the rest of the way. I think that's what we haven't done a good job of here. We're putting some focus into our starts here."

For Stars center Mike Ribeiro, having better starts at home boils down to a fairly simple formula.

"At times better starts just means scoring," Ribeiro said. "We just need to be simple -- dump pucks, get a good forecheck going, get some hits, really simplify our game and not try to do too much. We need to get our lines going and get our people involved in the game. The main thing is to just keep pushing the puck forward."

The Flames currently sit in the ninth spot in the Western Conference, two spots and three points ahead of the Stars, who are in 11th. Dallas heads into tonight's game two days removed from a 3-1 loss at Detroit on Tuesday, the Red Wings' 21st straight win at Joe Louis Arena, a new NHL record.

Tonight marks the first of four meetings this season between Calgary and Dallas, and given that these two clubs figure to be battling it out for one of the final playoff spots in the West from here on out, there's no understating how big this contest is for both sides.

"We're fighting for our lives. This is our playoffs. We're in a big race and we know it," Stars defenseman Mark Fistric said. "If you can get the fans into it early, get the first goal and let the other team chase us the rest of the game, that's when the other team starts to make mistakes and then you get two, three, four goals."

Fistric added: "Our main focus is to come out and have a really good first 10 minutes of the game, make sure we're doing all the right things, get a bounce, get one and go from there. I think too many times this year at home we've been behind the eight ball early and we're just chasing the game."

The term four-point game might be an overused cliché this time of year, but it's a label that definitely fits tonight.

"Yeah, obviously two points are important in every game, but this is a team we're going to see a lot here until the end of the year. It's important," Ribeiro said. "These are big points for us. It will be a good battle. You need to grind points and find a way to get points. It doesn't have to be pretty, but results are important right now. We need to get them, play a good 60 minutes and find a way to get some points."

Dallas returns to the road after tonight's game for a Saturday date in Phoenix. The Stars won't have back-to-back home games until Feb. 24, when they start a three-game homestand against the Wild.
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Posted On Thursday, 02.16.2012 / 1:33 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Voracek back, but injury bug hitting Flyers hard

PHILADELPHIA -- It appears the injury-plagued Philadelphia Flyers will get at least one player back in the lineup today, as right Jakub Voracek went all-out in practice.

Voracek sat out the final 35 minutes of Saturday's game against the New York Rangers and all of Sunday's game with the Detroit Red Wings with an upper-body injury.

Voraceck wouldn't reveal much about his injury, but said he felt good and was hopeful of playing again.

"I'm not used to missing games," he said. "Hopefully I'll be in tonight. If not tonight, it'll be Saturday."

While Voracek looked good, the Flyers could be without a few other key players. Forward James van Riemsdyk practiced, but will not play while he continues to recover from a concussion.

Forward Jaromir Jagr and defenseman Andrej Meszaros and Marc-Andre Bourdon skipped practice completely. Jagr has the flu and likely will not play. Meszaros has an upper-body injury and is questionable for tonight's game, while Bourdon missed practice for an undisclosed reason.

The Flyers didn't break into lines, so here's what they could look like, assuming Voracek and AHL call-up Eric Wellwood play tonight:

Scott Hartnell - Claude Giroux - Wayne Simmonds
Brayden Schenn - Danny Briere - Jakub Voraceck
Eric Wellwood - Maxime Talbot - Matt Read
Jody Shelley - Sean Couturier - Tom Sestito

Kimmo Timonen - Braydon Coburn
Matt Carle - Marc-Andre Bourdon
Erik Gustafsson - Andrej Meszaros

Ilya Bryzgalov will be in net after recovering from his own bout with the flu. Sergei Bobrovsky will serve as the backup.

If either Meszaros or Bourdon can't play, Andreas Lilja would enter the lineup for the first time since Feb. 4.

The Flyers also will be without forward Zac Rinaldo, who will serve the first game of his two-game suspension tonight.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK
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Posted On Thursday, 02.16.2012 / 1:26 PM

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

Projected lineups for Flames, Stars

DALLAS -- Here are the projected lineups for tonight's game between the Calgary Flames and Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center:

FLAMES
Alex Tanguay - Olli Jokinen - Jarome Iginla
Tom Kostopoulos - Michael Cammalleri - Blake Comeau
Lance Bouma - Roman Horak - Krys Kolanos
Paul Byton - Matt Stajan - Tim Jackman

Jay Bouwmeester - Chris Butler
Mark Giordano - Scott Hannan
TJ Brodie - Cory Sarich

Miikka Kiprusoff
Leland Irving

Scratches: Anton Babchuk

Injuries: Mikael Backlund (upper body), Curtis Glencross (knee), Blair Jones (ankle), David Moss (foot), Lee Stempniak (ankle), Derek Smith (ankle)

Notes: The Flames head into Thursday's game in Dallas after an impressive 5-1 win over Toronto on Tuesday, a game where Kiprusoff turned back 41 shots by the Maple Leafs. Calgary is currently riding a two-game winning streak with impressive home victories over the Canucks last Saturday and the Leafs just two days ago. The Flames are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games but are only 11-14-6 away from the Saddledome this season. Jokinen has been on a hot streak lately with 13 points (6-7-13) over his last 10 games.

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

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

Kari Lehtonen
Richard Bachman

Scratches: Adam Pardy, Toby Petersen

Injuries: Brenden Morrow (upper body), Sheldon Souray (foot)

Notes:  Dallas is just two days removed from a 3-1 loss at Detroit, making it the 21st straight team the Red Wings have beaten at Joe Louis Arena, a new NHL record. The Stars have dropped two straight at home, most recently a 4-2 loss to the Kings on Sunday and Dallas is just 2-3-1 in their last six games at American Airlines Center. Tonight marks the first of four meetings between the Stars and Flames this season. Two Dallas players have ties to Calgary. Pardy was with the Flames for the last three seasons before joining the Stars last summer as a free agent. Nystrom started his NHL career in Calgary and spent his first three seasons there before joining the Wild last year. Nystrom joined the Stars in a trade with Minnesota last October. 

 
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There was a lot of talk off the ice. From a player's standpoint, that's not the talk in the room. GMs make decisions, coaches make decisions, but as a team you have to come together and be ready to go, and we are.

— San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels on his team's approach entering training camp