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Projected Lineups: Coyotes at Stars

Saturday, 01.19.2013 / 1:25 PM

By Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-13 Opening Day blog

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Projected Lineups: Coyotes at Stars

DALLAS -- Here are the projected lineups for Saturday night’s game between the Phoenix Coyotes and Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.

COYOTES

Steve Sullivan-Martin Hanzal-Radim Vrbata

Mikkel Boedkker-Matthew Lombardi-Shane Doan

Lauri Korpikoski-Antoine Vermette-David Moss

Paul Bissonnette-Boyd Gordon-Kyle Chipchura

Oliver Ekman-Larsson-Zybnek Michalek

Keith Yandle-Derek Morris

Rotislav Klesla-David Schlemko

Mike Smith

Jason LaBarbera

Injuries: Raffi Torres (suspension).

Scratches: Alex Bolduc, David Rundblad.

NOTES: Fresh off a trip to the 2012 Western Conference Finals, the Coyotes, who went 7-2-1 in their final 10 games last season, visit Dallas to open the truncated 2012-13 campaign. Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett coached the Stars from 2002 through 2009 and is 11-4-3 against Dallas since taking over the Coyote bench. Several newcomers will make their Phoenix debut tonight, including Matthew Lombardi (Maple Leafs), Zybnek Michalek (Penguins), David Moss (Flames), and Steve Sullivan (Penguins). Lombardi was acquired in a trade with Toronto earlier in the week but was scheduled to participate in morning skate. This is his second stint in Phoenix after coming over in a pre-deadline deal in 2009. Lombardi also had 53 points (19-34-53) in 78 games for the Coyotes in 2009-10.

STARS

Loui Eriksson-Derek Roy-Jaromir Jagr

Ray Whitney-Tom Wandell-Michael Ryder

Brenden Morrow-Vernon Fiddler-Eric Nystrom

Ryan Garbutt-Cody Eakin-Reilly Smith

Alex Goligoski-Stephane Robidas

Jordie Benn-Trevor Daley

Brenden Dillon-Philip Larsen

Kari Lehtonen

Christopher Nilstorp

Scratches: Colton Sceviour.

Injuries: Aaron Rome (groin).

Notes: Tonight’s game will mark the Dallas debut for Jaromir Jagr, Derek Roy, and Ray Whitney, the three biggest additions to the club this past off-season. Cody Eakin, who came to the Stars in the draft-day trade that sent Mike Ribeiro to the Capitals, will also make his Dallas debut. The Stars will be without C Jamie Benn, a 2012 All-Star who was second on the club with 63 points. Benn, a restricted free agent, and the club have yet to agree to terms on a new contract.

Two current Stars, third-line center Vernon Fiddler and Whitney, have ties to Phoenix. Fiddler played for the Coyotes in 2009-10 and 2010-11 while Whitney was in the desert in 2010-11 and 2011-12, leading the team last season with 77 points. The Stars are 8-2-3 in home openers since relocating to Dallas in 1993. Dallas will be looking to improve on a power play that converted an NHL-worst 13.5 percent of the time last year, ranking as the least productive unit in franchise history. The Stars have missed the playoffs four straight years.

Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres