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Seguin a game-time decision for Stars

by Steve Hunt

DALLAS -- After being held out of practice twice earlier in the week with what was termed a muscle issue, Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin is a game-time decision, Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Sunday morning.

Dallas, hosting the Edmonton Oilers at American Airlines Center in a game with a 5 p.m. CT start time, did not skate Sunday due to the early start, but Ruff addressed the media briefly outside the locker room following a short team meeting.

Seguin, who came over in a July 4 trade with the Boston Bruins, currently leads Dallas with 12 goals and is second on the team with 23 points. He was also held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but skated in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday in his customary spot on the Stars’ top line apparently with no issue.

However, Seguin was held out of practice yet again Saturday morning at the team headquarters in Frisco, leading his coach to address his status.

“Again, we kept him off. We’ll see where he’s at,” Ruff said.

If Seguin is out, Dustin Jeffrey, who the Stars claimed off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Nov. 17, could slot into Seguin’s spot alongside captain Jamie Benn and Dallas’ top pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, Valeri Nichushkin. Jeffrey, who has appeared in two games thus far, skated with the top line earlier in the week while Seguin was held out of practice.

Ruff has another lineup decision to make at the blue line after veteran defenseman Stephane Robidas, who is third on the team in ice time, was lost for the season after breaking his right leg in the second period of the loss to Chicago.

Robidas had been paired with Brenden Dillon all season and now Ruff must figure out who will fill in for the savvy veteran.

Dallas recalled Jamie Oleksiak, the Stars’ top pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, on Saturday morning from Texas of the American Hockey League. Oleksiak played in 16 NHL games last season for Dallas. The other option is Kevin Connauton, who the Stars acquired in the April trade that sent Derek Roy to the Vancouver Canucks.

Connauton has been a healthy scratch for much of the season and also spent time in the AHL on a conditioning assignment. He has appeared in one game for Dallas, a win against the Calgary Flames on Oct. 24 when he was paired with veteran Sergei Gonchar.

Ruff said he will decide on whether it will be Connauton or Oleksiak before the game.

“No, we’re going to dress them both for warm-up and then make a decision what direction we’re going to go,” Ruff said.

It appears Kari Lehtonen will make the start in net for Dallas.

Here are the projected lineups for the game Sunday:


Taylor HallRyan Nugent-HopkinsJordan Eberle

Nail YakupovSam GagnerAles Hemsky

Ryan SmythWill ActonDavid Perron

Jesse JoensuuMark ArcobelloRyan Jones

Andrew FerenceJeff Petry

Anton Belov - Justin Schultz

Nick SchultzDenis Grebeshkov

Ilya Bryzgalov

Devan Dubnyk

Injured: Richard Bachman (groin), Boyd Gordon (undisclosed) Philip Larsen (back), Tyler Pitlick (knee).

Scratched: Luke Gazdic, Corey Potter.


Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin

Ray WhitneyCody EakinAlex Chiasson

Erik ColeShawn HorcoffRich Peverley

Antoine RousselVernon FiddlerRyan Garbutt

Brenden DillonJamie Oleksiak

Alex Goligoski - Trevor Daley

Sergei GoncharJordie Benn

Kari Lehtonen

Dan Ellis

Injured: Stephane Robidas (leg), Aaron Rome (undisclosed).

Scratched: Kevin Connauton, Dustin Jeffrey.

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