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Jamie Benn game-time decision for Stars

Saturday, 03.16.2013 / 2:10 PM
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Jamie Benn game-time decision for Stars

DALLAS -- After seeing captain Brenden Morrow unexpectedly return to the ice in Thursday’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks, the Dallas Stars could see top-line center Jamie Benn, who has missed the past two games with a wrist injury, return in similar fashion Saturday night against the Chicago Blackhawks at American Airlines Center.

Benn participated in morning skate Saturday morning, as he did Thursday, and Stars coach Glen Gulutzan termed the 2012 All-Star a game-time decision.

"Jamie will be a game-time decision. Skated today, shot a few pucks and feels great other than the wrist, but he’ll be a game-time decision,” Gulutzan said.

Kari Lehtonen will start a seventh straight game in goal for Dallas, and rookie defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, a healthy scratch against Anaheim, will return to the ice and be paired alongside Alex Goligoski with Philip Larsen heading back to the bench.

It also appears Ryan Garbutt, a fixture on Dallas’ fourth line, will miss the game with a hand injury.

"Garbutt is probably out for today. Just kind of got the similar injury as Jamie," Gulutzan said. "So we'll see how [Benn] is and how [Garbutt] is and will warm up [Tomas Vincour] as the extra guy."

Corey Crawford will start in goal for the Blackhawks, and it appears defenseman Michal Rozsival will return to the ice for the first time since March 8 at the Colorado Avalanche.

Here are the projected lineups for the game at American Airlines Center:

BLACKHAWKS

Brandon SaadMarian HossaJonathan Toews

Jimmy HayesDave BollandPatrick Kane

Bryan BickellAndrew ShawViktor Stalberg

Brandon BolligMarcus KrugerMichael Frolik

Johnny OduyaNiklas Hjalmarsson

Duncan KeithBrent Seabrook

Nick LeddyMichal Rozsival

Corey Crawford

Ray Emery

Scratched: Sheldon Brookbank, Daniel Carcillo, Jamal Mayers

Injured: Patrick Sharp (shoulder)

Notes: The Chicago Blackhawks started their four-game road trip on Thursday with a 2-1 shootout win at the Columbus Blue Jackets. Wing Patrick Kane has gotten 20 of his 31 points this season away from home. Kane and Patrick Sharp, who continues to be out with a shoulder injury, had two assists each for the Blackhawks in a 3-2 overtime win here on Jan. 24.

STARS

Loui ErikssonDerek RoyJaromir Jagr

Ray WhitneyJamie BennErik Cole

Brenden MorrowCody EakinReilly Smith

Eric NystromVernon FiddlerAntoine Roussel

Brenden Dillon - Stephane Robidas

Jordie BennTrevor Daley

Alex GoligoskiJamie Oleksiak

Kari Lehtonen

Richard Bachman

Scratched: Philip Larsen, Tomas Vincour

Injured: Ryan Garbutt (hand), Aaron Rome (foot)

Notes: The Dallas Stars are 5-5-2 at home this season after losing 2-1 in a shootout to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday. That shootout loss makes Dallas 0-1-1 in their first two games of a four-game homestand.

Quote of the Day

We've got a team filled with captains, that's what I think. With these first two games we got in, we're really dominating and moving the puck really fast, and it's worked out really good.

— U.S. goalie Brandon Halverson after a 6-0 win against Germany in the World Junior Championship on Sunday