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Stars' Whitney scratched due to illness

Tuesday, 12.31.2013 / 8:06 PM

By Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

DALLAS -- Dallas Stars forward Ray Whitney missed the morning skate due to illness and was scratched for the game against Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night at American Airlines Center.

Dustin Jeffrey, who was claimed off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Nov. 17, got the call on the Stars' fourth line alongside Shawn Horcoff and Vernon Fiddler. Jeffrey, a healthy scratch for the past eight games, last played Dec. 12 at the Nashville Predators.

Whitney, who has four goals and 15 points in 33 games, has played 16 straight games for Dallas since missing five games with a lower-body injury in November.

Dallas is 7-3-4 in December, and finishing the month and year on a high note is a priority.

"With a new calendar year, it's the end of something and the start of hopefully another good run of games," Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski said Tuesday morning. "So we want to go out on a positive note, enjoy the night and start out the new year feeling good."

Kari Lehtonen will start his sixth straight game in net for Dallas.

Los Angeles did not skate since it is on the tail end of a back-to-back after losing 1-0 at the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night. Ben Scrivens got the nod in goal after Martin Jones played in a 1-0 loss at Chicago.

Here are the projected lineups:

KINGS

Dwight KingAnze KopitarJeff Carter

Dustin BrownMike RichardsJustin Williams

Trevor LewisJarret StollTyler Toffoli

Kyle CliffordColin Fraser - Jordan Nolan

Robyn RegehrDrew Doughty

Slava Voynov - Willie Mitchell

Jake MuzzinMatt Greene

Ben Scrivens

Martin Jones

Scratched: Daniel Carcillo, Matt Frattin, Alec Martinez

Injured: Jonathan Quick (groin)

STARS

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin

Antoine Roussel - Cody EakinRyan Garbutt

Erik ColeRich PeverleyAlex Chiasson

Shawn HorcoffVernon FiddlerDustin Jeffrey

Alex GoligoskiBrenden Dillon

Aaron Rome - Jordie Benn

Kevin ConnautonCameron Gaunce

Kari Lehtonen

Dan Ellis

Scratched: Ray Whitney (illness)

Injured: Trevor Daley (ankle), Sergei Gonchar (concussion symptoms), Stephane Robidas (leg)

I was in there icing my face as she was trying to push a baby out.

— Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf on going to the hospital with a facial laceration while his wife was in labor following Game 1 on Wednesday