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Stars' Seguin won't play Game 1 against Wild

Dallas forward likely in for Game 2; Minnesota's Parise, Haula, Vanek out with injuries

by Steve Hunt / NHL.com Correspondent

Game 1: WILD at STARS

Western Conference First Round

TV: 9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, FS-N, FS-WI, FS-SW, SN360, TVA Sports 3

DALLAS -- Forward Tyler Seguin will not play for the Dallas Stars in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round against the Minnesota Wild at American Airlines Center on Thursday.

Seguin, second on the Stars with 73 points this season, missed the final 10 games of the regular season after sustaining a cut on his Achilles against the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 17. 

Seguin returned to practice Monday and worked the past two days without a red no-contact jersey, but Stars coach Lindy Ruff doesn't think he's ready to return to the ice.

"It was just real close, probably a couple more days of practice to get him exactly where we need him," Ruff said. "I would definitely have him in as a starter on Saturday [for Game 2]."
 
With Seguin out, Patrick Sharp, fifth on the Stars with 55 points, will skate on the right side of the top line with captain Jamie Benn on the left and Cody Eakin at center.

Rookie forward Mattias Janmark, who missed the final three regular-season games with an upper-body injury, will return for Dallas. Janmark will skate on the fourth line to the left of center Vernon Fiddler and right wing Colton Sceviour.  

"He came out, scored the first game [of preseason], scored first shift and all of a sudden, he turned into a very effective player for us," Ruff said of Janmark's progress this season.

Goalie Kari Lehtonen was first off the ice at the morning skate and is expected to start for the Stars. 

Minnesota will be without forwards Erik Haula (lower body), who is day-to-day, Zach Parise (upper body), who is out indefinitely, and Thomas Vanek (upper body), who is week-to-week. 

Wild coach John Torchetti shuffled his forward lines and defensive pairs from the end of the regular season. Minnesota will have one player, Zac Dalpe, who will center the third line alongside Chris Porter on the left and David Jones on the right, making his playoff debut.

"He's fine with is game," Torchetti said of Dalpe. "I think he knows his role. We don't want anyone to change their role when they get called up, play the same way. That's what's great about playing the same system [in the American Hockey League], makes it an easy transition for the player to come from our [AHL] team to the [NHL] team."

Goalie Devan Dubnyk will start for the Wild.

Here are the projected lineups:

WILD

Jason Zucker - Mikko Koivu - Charlie Coyle

Nino Niederreiter - Mikael Granlund - Jason Pominville

Chris Porter - Zac Dalpe - David Jones

Ryan Carter - Jarret Stoll - Justin Fontaine

Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon

Marco Scandella - Jonas Brodin

Nate Prosser - Matt Dumba

Devan Dubnyk

Darcy Kuemper

Injured: Erik Haula (lower body), Zach Parise (upper body), Thomas Vanek (upper body)

Scratched: Christian Folin, Jordan Schroeder

STARS

Jamie Benn - Cody Eakin - Patrick Sharp

Valeri Nichushkin - Jason Spezza - Patrick Eaves

Antoine Roussel - Radek Faksa - Ales Hemsky

Mattias Janmark - Vernon Fiddler - Colton Sceviour

Alex Goligoski - John Klingberg

Johnny Oduya - Stephen Johns

Kris Russell - Jason Demers

Kari Lehtonen

Antti Niemi

Injured: Brett Ritchie (lower body), Tyler Seguin (Achilles)

Scratched: Jordie Benn, Travis Moen, Patrik Nemeth, Jamie Oleksiak

Status report: Torchetti said Haula, who skated on his own after morning skate Thursday, could practice Friday. … In addition to Janmark, three other Stars (Faksa, Johns and Klingberg) will make their playoff debuts in Game 1. 

Who's hot: Koivu has 27 points (16 assists) in 35 games against Dallas. … Hemsky finished the regular season with 15 points in 16 games. … Sharp, who won the Stanley Cup three times with the Chicago Blackhawks, has 81 points (43 goals) in 129 playoff games. … Spezza has 52 points (35 assists) in 56 playoff games.

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