Jhonas Enroth is expected to make his third straight start as the Dallas Stars wrap up a three-game road trip in Anaheim tonight. Enroth has won his past two starts, stopping 56 of 60 shots.
There will be some lineup changes among the forwards and defensemen. Stars coach Lindy Ruff said forward Valeri Nichushkin and defenseman Patrik Nemeth both will be back in tonight. Nichushkin was a scratch Monday in San Jose. Nemeth has been a scratch the past two games.
“My plan for Val is to get him some quality ice time. I’d like to get him involved in our second power play and see where he is at,” Ruff said. “I don’t think he went that well in Nashville. There was some fatigue in his game. He should be fresh and I want to see what he looks like. With Nemeth, he sat out a couple and I want to see how he responds.”
Tonight’s game is the next to last one of the season for the Stars. They have won two straight and are 12-5-0 in their past 17. Ruff wants the team to maintain good habits as it closes out the season.
“I am just hammering home that I want the guys to play the game the right way,” Ruff said. “Stay away from the big mistakes that have hurt us and play the game the right way. That’s the only point I have been trying to hammer home.”
Frederik Andersen is expected to get the start in goal tonight for the Ducks. Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf did not skate this morning and it is unclear if he is playing tonight. Anaheim can clinch the top seed in the Western Conference tonight with a victory in regulation or overtime.
Who: Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks
Where: Honda Center
When: 9:30 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Network
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM
Stars projected lineup
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Patrick Eaves/Valeri Nichushkin
Shawn Horcoff – Jason Spezza – Ales Hemsky
Antoine Roussel – Cody Eakin – Ryan Garbutt
Travis Moen – Vernon Fiddler – Colton Sceviour
Alex Goligoski – John Klingberg
Patrik Nemeth/Jyrki Jokipakka – Trevor Daley
Jordie Benn – Jason Demers
Scratched: To be determined
Ducks projected lineup
Jiri Sekac - Ryan Getzlaf/Rickard Rakell - Corey Perry
Matt Beleskey - Ryan Kesler - Kyle Palmieri
Andrew Cogliano - Nate Thompson- Jakob Silfverberg
Patrick Maroon - Chris Wagner - Tim Jackman
Hampus Lindholm - Francois Beauchemin
Cam Fowler - Simon Despres
Clayton Stoner - Sami Vatanen
Scratched: James Wisniewski, Tomas Fleischmann, Stefan Noesen, Emerson Etem, Korbinian Holzer
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