Jhonas Enroth will get the start in goal tonight when the Dallas Stars take on the Anaheim Ducks at American Airlines Center.
The decision to go with Enroth comes after Stars coach Lindy Ruff was critical of Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen’s performance in a 5-4 shootout loss to Colorado on Friday. This will be Enroth’s fourth start and fifth appearance with the Stars. His last start was Tuesday in Winnipeg, where he allowed three goals on 24 shots in a 4-2 loss.
“I think with Jhonas, the Winnipeg game, if you look at the goaltending, there’s nothing he could do about the first and the third one was a breakaway,” Ruff said. “Just going to put him in net and let him play.”
Enroth is 0-3-0 with a 3.75 goals against average and .867 save percentage since being acquired from Buffalo.
Forward Patrick Eaves, who has missed seven games with a concussion, skated this morning and is a possibility to play. Ruff said the Stars will skate all his forwards in warm-ups and go from there.
“Eaves is a possibility,” Ruff said. “We got the extra guy going for warm-up, but there’s a chance he’ll play.”
The Stars had an optional skate this morning, so there were no line rushes or defense pairings. Everybody was on the ice except Ales Hemsky, Antoine Roussel and Alex Goligoski.
Cole talks trade deadline; Flames claim Schlemko off waivers
*The NHL trade deadline is Monday and Stars forward Erik Cole, who is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, has been the subject of trade rumors recently. Cole was asked about the looming deadline after Sunday morning’s skate.
“That’s tomorrow. I’ll worry about today. That’s the best I can say,” Cole said. “I’m constantly getting asked what I’ve heard, and the truth is there isn’t anything I’ve heard that’s any different than what’s being reported. Nothing has been said directly to me or to my agent. As far as it is, it’s all just rumors and hearsay.”
Shawn Horcoff, another of Dallas’ unrestricted free agents, has been mentioned as a player who could move at the deadline with the Stars nine points out of a playoff spot heading into tonight’s game. Stars coach Lindy Ruff said both Horcoff and Cole know the situation and will go about their jobs.
“They’re pros. They understand, and you’ve got an obligation to try to prepare to help your team win. There’s no other answer to it,” Ruff said. “They look around the league, they see the deals being done, they know where we’re at and what the possibilities could be.”
*The Calgary Flames claimed defenseman David Schlemko off waivers from Stars on Sunday. The Stars placed Schlemko on waivers Saturday. Schlemko played five games for the Stars, who claimed him off waivers from Arizona in early January. He was a healthy scratch the past 13 games.
John Gibson will get the start in goal tonight for Anaheim. This will be the ninth straight start for Gibson, who has won four of his past five starts while allowing 11 goals. Forward Tomas Fleischmann, acquired yesterday from Florida, did not arrive in time for this morning’s skate. He is not expected to play but Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau did not rule it out entirely. The Ducks placed forward Rene Bourque on waivers Sunday.
Who: Anaheim Ducks at Dallas Stars
Where: American Airlines Center
When: 7:00 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Network
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM
Stars projected lineup
Jamie Benn – Jason Spezza – Erik Cole
Antoine Roussel – Cody Eakin – Ryan Garbutt
Curtis McKenzie – Vernon Fiddler – Ales Hemsky
Colton Sceviour – Shawn Horcoff – Patrick Eaves/Brett Ritchie
Alex Goligoski – John Klingberg
Jyrki Jokipakka – Trevor Daley
Jordie Benn – Jason Demers
Injured: Tyler Seguin (knee), Travis Moen (upper body), Valeri Nichushkin (hip)
Ducks projected lineup
Kyle Palmieri – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano – Ryan Kesler – Jakob Silfverberg
Jiri Sekac – Rickard Rakell – Emerson Etem
Patrick Maroon – Nate Thompson – Tim Jackman
Hampus Lindholm – Francois Beauchemin
Cam Fowler – Ben Lovejoy
Clayton Stoner – Josh Manson
Scratched: Rene Bourque, Eric Brewer, Tomas Fleischmann
Injured: Matt Beleskey (shoulder), Sheldon Souray (torn right wrist ligament), Sami Vatanen (leg)
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.