DALLAS -- After seeing captain Brenden Morrow unexpectedly return to the ice in Thursday’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks, the Dallas Stars could see top-line center Jamie Benn, who has missed the past two games with a wrist injury, return in similar fashion Saturday night against the Chicago Blackhawks at American Airlines Center.
Benn participated in morning skate Saturday morning, as he did Thursday, and Stars coach Glen Gulutzan termed the 2012 All-Star a game-time decision.
"Jamie will be a game-time decision. Skated today, shot a few pucks and feels great other than the wrist, but he’ll be a game-time decision,” Gulutzan said.
Kari Lehtonen will start a seventh straight game in goal for Dallas, and rookie defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, a healthy scratch against Anaheim, will return to the ice and be paired alongside Alex Goligoski with Philip Larsen heading back to the bench.
It also appears Ryan Garbutt, a fixture on Dallas’ fourth line, will miss the game with a hand injury.
"Garbutt is probably out for today. Just kind of got the similar injury as Jamie," Gulutzan said. "So we'll see how [Benn] is and how [Garbutt] is and will warm up [Tomas Vincour] as the extra guy."
Corey Crawford will start in goal for the Blackhawks, and it appears defenseman Michal Rozsival will return to the ice for the first time since March 8 at the Colorado Avalanche.
Here are the projected lineups for the game at American Airlines Center:
Brandon Saad – Marian Hossa – Jonathan Toews
Jimmy Hayes – Dave Bolland – Patrick Kane
Bryan Bickell – Andrew Shaw – Viktor Stalberg
Brandon Bollig – Marcus Kruger – Michael Frolik
Johnny Oduya – Niklas Hjalmarsson
Duncan Keith – Brent Seabrook
Nick Leddy – Michal Rozsival
Scratched: Sheldon Brookbank, Daniel Carcillo, Jamal Mayers
Injured: Patrick Sharp (shoulder)
Notes: The Chicago Blackhawks started their four-game road trip on Thursday with a 2-1 shootout win at the Columbus Blue Jackets. Wing Patrick Kane has gotten 20 of his 31 points this season away from home. Kane and Patrick Sharp, who continues to be out with a shoulder injury, had two assists each for the Blackhawks in a 3-2 overtime win here on Jan. 24.
Loui Eriksson – Derek Roy – Jaromir Jagr
Ray Whitney – Jamie Benn – Erik Cole
Brenden Morrow – Cody Eakin – Reilly Smith
Eric Nystrom – Vernon Fiddler – Antoine Roussel
Brenden Dillon - Stephane Robidas
Jordie Benn – Trevor Daley
Alex Goligoski – Jamie Oleksiak
Scratched: Philip Larsen, Tomas Vincour
Injured: Ryan Garbutt (hand), Aaron Rome (foot)
Notes: The Dallas Stars are 5-5-2 at home this season after losing 2-1 in a shootout to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday. That shootout loss makes Dallas 0-1-1 in their first two games of a four-game homestand.