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Stars, Ducks begin three-game mini-series

Monday, 04.01.2013 / 1:22 PM

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

DALLAS -- Monday's contest will mark the first of three straight games for the Dallas Stars against the Anaheim Ducks. Dallas will face the Ducks at Honda Center on both Wednesday and Friday.

Here are the projected lineups for Monday night's game:

DUCKS

Bobby RyanRyan GetzlafCorey Perry

Kyle Palmieri - Andrew CoglianoTeemu Selanne

Daniel WinnikSaku Koivu - Radek Dvorak

Emerson Etem - David SteckelBrad Staubitz

Sheldon SourayFrancois Beauchemin

Bryan AllenCam Fowler

Luca Sbisa- Ben Lovejoy

Viktor Fasth

Jonas Hiller

Scratched: Peter Holland, Toni Lydman

Injured: Matt Beleskey (undisclosed), Nick Bonino (lower body)

STARS

Eric NystromJamie BennJaromir Jagr

Ray WhitneyDerek RoyLoui Eriksson

Reilly SmithCody EakinErik Cole

Antoine Roussel - Toby Petersen - Francis Wathier

Brenden Dillon - Stephane Robidas

Alex GoligoskiTrevor Daley

Aaron RomePhilip Larsen

Kari Lehtonen

Richard Bachman

Scratched: Jordie Benn, Tomas Vincour

Injured: Vernon Fiddler (charley horse), Ryan Garbutt (hand)

Lehtonen will start his 15th straight game in goal for the Stars, who are 2-2-0 heading into the final game of a season-long five-game homestand.

Fiddler will miss a second straight game for the Dallas Stars after suffering a charley horse early in a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Friday. Petersen, who was recalled from the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League on Saturday, will fill in for Fiddler centering the fourth line for a second straight game.

Dallas recalled Wathier from the AHL on Monday morning to provide some depth at forward. This is Wathier's second call-up this season but he didn't see any NHL action in his previous stint with the Stars. Wathier could replace Vincour on Dallas’ fourth line after Vincour committed a costly turnover in the Stars' 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery