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At the Rink: Red Wings at Stars

by Steve Hunt

DALLAS -- The Detroit Red Wings and Dallas Stars each need a victory, which makes the game at American Airlines Center on Saturday between the former Central Division rivals an intriguing matchup.

Detroit (32-14-10) is 1-2-1 in its past four games and will be without defenseman Kyle Quincey (lower body). Jakub Kindl, who has missed the past 20 games with an elbow injury, will replace Quincey in the second defensive pairing alongside Danny DeKeyser.

Kindl played two games for Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League earlier this week on a conditioning assignment before being recalled on Friday.

"We just want him to get in there and get playing, get his confidence back," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said of Kindl. "He's a real good puck mover. He can shoot the puck and he's just got to work on being good defensively."

Babcock is keeping his forward lines intact from a 3-2 shootout win at the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.

Goalie Jimmy Howard was first off the ice at the morning skate and will start his fourth consecutive game.

Dallas (27-23-8) hopes to win the final game of its two-game homestand after losing 5-2 to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. Stars coach Lindy Ruff knows that for that to happen, they must clean up one lingering issue from that loss.

The Stars are six points out of the second Western Conference wild-card spot of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"I thought we had some Grade-A opportunities at the start of the second period and we didn't take advantage of it, and that again changes the complexion of the game," Ruff said.

Ruff shuffled all but his top line of left wing and captain Jamie Benn, center Jason Spezza and right wing Erik Cole. Ales Hemsky, who has missed the past three games with a lower-body injury, returns and will skate on the right side of the third line with left wing Curtis McKenzie and center Vernon Fiddler.

"He [Hemsky] was a big piece of our second power play, so I'm looking at Ales playing the way he did when he left the game for us," Ruff said.

After left wing Ryan Garbutt took a bad penalty against San Jose and was benched, Ruff dropped him from the second to the fourth line, where he will skate on the right side alongside center Shawn Horcoff and left wing Colton Sceviour. Rookie right wing Brett Ritchie is taking Garbutt's spot on the right side of the second line alongside Garbutt's usual linemates of left wing Antoine Roussel and center Cody Eakin.

Ruff is keeping his defensive pairings intact for a 10th consecutive game. Goalie Kari Lehtonen was first off the ice for Dallas and will start his third straight game.

Here are the projected lineups:


Justin AbdelkaderHenrik ZetterbergTeemu Pulkkinen

Tomas TatarPavel DatsyukDarren Helm

Gustav NyquistRiley SheahanStephen Weiss

Drew MillerJoakim AnderssonLuke Glendening

Jonathan EricssonNiklas Kronwall

Jakub Kindl - Danny DeKeyser

Brendan SmithAlexey Marchenko

Jimmy Howard

Jonas Gustavsson

Scratched: Daniel Cleary, Tomas Jurco

Injured: Johan Franzen (concussion symptoms), Kyle Quincey (lower body)


Jamie BennJason SpezzaErik Cole

Antoine Roussel - Cody EakinBrett Ritchie

Curtis McKenzieVernon FiddlerAles Hemsky

Ryan GarbuttShawn HorcoffColton Sceviour

Alex GoligoskiJohn Klingberg

Jyrki JokipakkaTrevor Daley

Jordie BennJason Demers

Kari Lehtonen

Jhonas Enroth

Scratched: Brendan Ranford, David Schlemko

Injured: Patrick Eaves (concussion), Travis Moen (upper body), Valeri Nichushkin (hip), Tyler Seguin (knee)

Status report: Schlemko is a healthy scratch for a 10th consecutive game.

Who's hot: Zetterberg has 44 points (33 assists) in 38 career games against Dallas. … With a goal and an assist against San Jose, Daley established a new career high with 29 points (15 goals).

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