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Whitney in for Stars; Benn, Morrow likely out

Tuesday, 03.12.2013 / 1:40 PM

By Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

DALLAS -- After missing 16 games with a broken bone in his foot, Ray Whitney will return to the ice for the Dallas Stars on Tuesday against the Nashville Predators at American Airlines Center. It will be Whitney's first game since Feb. 1 against the Phoenix Coyotes.

"It [the process] has been long. It's the first time I've had a broken bone, so it's been longer than expected, but I've had enough of riding the bike," Whitney said. "I'm excited to get back on the ice and see if we can't get a good push here in the last half."

However, the news isn't quite as favorable when it comes to Dallas center Jamie Benn (wrist) and captain Brenden Morrow (groin), both of whom are unlikely to play against the Predators.

"Morrow won't be a go [Tuesday]," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. "Benn's unlikely to go unless something changes here, but [Tomas] Vincour will be in on a line with [Antoine] Roussel and Loui Eriksson."

Benn and Morrow participated in the morning skate, but the Stars are unlikely to have either in the lineup Tuesday.

"I went out there, skated around for a bit, tried to make a few passes and shoot a couple pucks," Benn said. "It's just not 100 percent yet, so it looks like I won't make the lineup."

Kari Lehtonen will start his fifth consecutive game in goal for Dallas, while it appears Nashville will go with Pekka Rinne between the pipes. It will be Rinne’s 10th straight start.

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild