Anders Lindback will get the start in goal tonight when the Dallas Stars wrap up their preseason schedule with a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at American Airlines Center.
This will be Lindback’s fourth appearance of the preseason. He is 3-0-0 with a 2.78 goals against average and .914 save percentage. Lindback, signed as a free agent in July, will be a key piece this season as Kari Lehtonen’s backup.
“I think if you can come out of the season with your backup having a winning record, that’s a big deal,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “He needs to be able to step in and win games for you, play well. Most times he is stepping in tougher situations, a lot of times it is back-to-backs situations. I like what I have seen from him. He’s played well and he’s moved the puck well. He is a pretty good puck mover for a goaltender.”
With Kari Lehtonen out due to injury, Jussi Rynnas will backup Lindback tonight.
The Stars will roll out the same top two lines as Monday night’s game against Florida. Tyler Seguin will center Jamie Benn and Valeri Nichushkin. Jason Spezza will have Erik Cole and Ales Hemsky on his wings. Vernon Fiddler will be again tonight and this time he’ll center Shawn Horcoff and Colton Sceviour. That trio is a possible fourth line for the Stars to start the regular season.
Defense pairs will be Alex Goligoski-Trevor Daley, Patrik Nemeth-Jamie Oleksiak and Jyrki Jokipakka-Sergei Gonchar.
Ben Bishop is expected to start in goal for Tampa Bay and play the entire game. Among the Lightning players not expected to be in the lineup tonight: Steven Stamkos, Victor Hedman, Ryan Callahan, Brenden Morrow and Anton Stralman.
Injury notes: Lehtonen update
*Stars coach Lindy Ruff said goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who was injured in Monday’s game vs. Florida, was doing “pretty good” Tuesday morning. Lehtonen suffered a concussion early in the third period of Monday’s game during a collision in the Dallas goal.
“To me, Kari seems pretty good today,” Ruff said. “I am not a doctor and I don’t play one on TV, but I think we are basically out of the woods in that situation. Just have to give the mandatory couple of days.”
*Defenseman Jordie Benn is out after getting hit with a puck in Monday’s game. Benn did not play the final half of the third period.
"He took a shot and he's got a bruised outer extremity that we're going to have to rest a little bit,” Ruff said.
Who: Tampa Bay Lightning at Dallas Stars
Where: American Airlines Center
When: 7:30 p.m.
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM
Video stream: Dallasstars.com
Stars projected lineup
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Valeri Nichushkin
Erik Cole – Jason Spezza – Ales Hemsky
Shawn Horcoff – Vernon Fiddler – Colton Sceviour
Patrick Eaves – Travis Morin – Brett Ritchie
Alex Goligoski – Trevor Daley
Patrik Nemeth – Jamie Oleksiak
Jyrki Jokipakka – Sergei Gonchar
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