LOS ANGELES – Richard Bachman
will make his first NHL start Saturday night when the Dallas Stars
play the Los Angeles Kings
Bachman has made two appearances at the NHL level, including a relief appearance Thursday against San Jose, and stopped all 15 shots he’s faced in 30 minutes of action.
has struggled with five goals allowed in each of his past two starts. The Stars are in the middle of a cross-country road trip, and it makes sense to give the nod to Bachman.
“We wanted to get him in on a game here on this trip,” Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan said. “We thought with a day’s rest, we’ll give him an honest look. We told him last night that he was going to go.”
Gulutzan coached Bachman with the team’s AHL affiliate Texas Stars, where Bachman was the No. 1 goaltender.
Listed at 5-foot-10, 172 pounds, Bachman is a basic standup goalie. Gulutzan doesn’t expect there to much adjustment with teammates.
“We’ve let him get comfortable with us, and guys know him,” Gulutzan said. “You look at some of the young guys around the league that have gotten an opportunity and done well. We know what we have in the American Hockey League, and this is kind of the natural progression for him.”
This will be the second straight game that the Kings have faced a goalie making his first NHL start. Minnesota’s Matt Hackett
made 42 saves Thursday.
Bernier to start: Jonathan Bernier
is expected to make his sixth start this season for L.A. Bernier took the loss in a Dec. 3 game against Montreal despite only two goals allowed.
is 2-0-1 with a 1.98 goals-against average in two meetings against the Stars this season but the Kings might want to rest him with a four-game road trip coming up after Saturday.
Lehtonen update: Kari Lehtonen
started skating Saturday for the first time, Gulutzan said, and will likely return after Christmas at the earliest.
Lehtonen has been out since Nov. 26 with a groin injury. Adam Burish
(hand) won’t be joining the team on the trip but will be “very close when he gets back,” Gulutzan said.
Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell
is expected to return to the lineup from a groin injury.
is expected to come back into the lineup after he was scratched the previous eight games.
, a former captain with the Edmonton Oilers
, was waived Friday in order to make room for the other moves. Moreau cleared waivers Saturday.
is eligible to come off injured reserve but he only started skating Friday and there is no timetable for his return from a possible concussion, although the team isn’t using that terminology.
L.A. is 0-3 since Richards suffered a head injury against Florida on Dec.3.
Former King Bernie Nicholls
will be honored in a ceremony before the game.
The Kings will wear their throwback purple-and-gold uniforms. Nicholls scored a franchise-record 70 goals playing with Wayne Gretzky
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