STARS (3-3-1) at WILD (5-2-1)
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Stars team scope
Center Jason Spezza and right wing Jiri Hudler will be game-time decisions for the Dallas Stars on Saturday. Spezza has missed two games with a lower-body injury and Hudler has missed five games because of illness. Each skated during practice on Friday and participated in the morning skate Saturday. "[I feel] pretty good," Spezza said. "We'll wait and see what the coach says [about playing tonight]. I spent some time yesterday, it was a good skate, and had a good skate again this morning, so we'll see where we're at at game time." Hudler said, "I think I'm in" though Stars coach Lindy Ruff said the status of each player will be a game-time decision. "We'll see," Ruff said. "Come game time that will all unfold for us. I thought both [Hudler and Spezza] skated well. Jiri's just been fighting illness and is coming off of that and Jason has been fighting a minor injury and obviously both players feeling a lot better." Goaltender Kari Lehtonen will start.
Wild team scope
Forward Tyler Graovac was recalled by the Minnesota Wild on Saturday from Iowa of the American Hockey League and will enter the lineup in place of forward Teemu Pulkinnen, who was placed on waivers Friday. "We want to see his competitiveness as much in training camp and sort of how bad he wants to play in the NHL," coach Bruce Boudreau said of Graovac. "This is a good opportunity for him, so let's see what he does." Graovac, who will be playing his sixth NHL game, said he is "just trying to prove who I am as a player." Defenseman Jared Spurgeon is back in the lineup after missing four games with an upper-body injury. "It felt like a long time, especially when you're on the road," Spurgeon said. "I'm just excited to get back out there and fill in as seamlessly as I can."
Stars projected lineup
Antoine Roussel - Tyler Seguin - Jiri Hudler
Jamie Benn - Jason Spezza - Patrick Eaves
Curtis McKenzie - Devin Shore - Brett Ritchie
Gemel Smith - Justin Dowling - Adam Cracknell
Patrik Nemeth - John Klingberg
Stephen Johns- Johnny Oduya
Esa Lindell - Jordie Benn
Scratched: Dan Hamhuis, Jamie Oleksiak, Lauri Korpikoski, Radek Faksa
Injured: Alex Hemsky (groin), Patrick Sharp (concussion-like symptoms), Cody Eakin (knee)
Wild projected lineup
Zach Parise - Mikko Koivu - Mikael Granlund
Nino Niederreiter - Eric Staal - Charlie Coyle
Jason Zucker - Joel Eriksson Ek - Jason Pominville
Tyler Graovac - Zac Dalpe - Chris Stewart
Ryan Suter - Matt Dumba
Jared Spurgeon - Nate Prosser
Jonas Brodin - Christian Folin
Injured: Erik Haula (lower body), Marco Scandella (lower body)
There is no time frame for Sharp's return. … Haula's status remains day to day, but Boudreau said Haula could return Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres. Scandella left the game Thursday against the Boston Bruins, and also is day to day.
Dubnyk is coming off back-to-back shutout wins, and is 4-1-1 with a 1.67 goals-against average in six starts. "It's tough to pinpoint something [specifically that's working]," Dubnyk said. "I think I've just been working on a few small things, a lot of the head tracking stuff and making sure I always have a sightline on the puck. The guys are doing a good job in front of me. I'm able to trust everything that's going on out there, so that makes my reads a lot easier. It's fun to play when you're feeling that way."