Anders Lindback will get the start in goal tonight as the Dallas Stars travel to Kansas City to take on the St. Louis Blues in preseason play.
It will be preseason game number four for the Stars, who have won two of their first three exhibition contests (2-1-0).
Lindback is not expected to play the entire game. Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Jussi Rynnas, who played the third period in Friday’s game at Tampa Bay, will play as well, but it’s not clear how much.
“Rynnas is going to get some time,” said Ruff. “The fact that he got some time last night might sway my decision on when to take Lindback out.”
Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn both will play their second preseason game. Playing right wing with Seguin and Benn tonight will be Erik Cole.
“He’s had a good camp so far, he’s skated well,” Ruff said of Cole. “I’ve had several conversations with him and he seems focused. He’s healthy. He battled a couple of tough injuries last year. I am excited about the way he has come to camp, the condition he is in and the way he looks. I want to see what he can do on that line with Seguin and Benn.”
The Stars are coming off a 6-3 loss at Tampa Bay Friday night. Turnovers plagued the Stars in the game, and it was an issue that Ruff and the coaches addressed during the game and again Saturday with both practice groups.
“We made some terrible decisions. We had some young D that tried some things that no man has ever tried before,” Ruff said. “On the bench I talked to Honks (Julius Honka) about a couple of plays and Klinger (John Klingberg). Today we showed video to both groups because some of that stuff was in the Florida game. There were areas of the game where our structure wasn’t very good. If we are going to possess the puck and hang onto it we need to have people in the right places. When teams are as aggressive as Tampa Bay was at times, the best play is a quick play around the wall. But you’ve got to have a guy there and a guy to support it and you’ll get out just as easy. It doesn’t look as pretty as the play into the middle of the ice, but it is more effective.
“You’ll look sometimes and you’ll blame the guy making the pass, but I’ll look at are there four guys available for that puck? We have drills in practice where I want every guy available. When I look at the video and I see the D are staring at the backside of two people, we are not in good position. I want those four guys working for the guy that has the puck.”
Jake Allen is expected to start in goal tonight for the Blues. Patrik Berglund, Paul Stastny and T.J. Oshie will be among the forward group. Jay Bouwmeester and Kevin Shattenkirk will be in on defense.
Who: Dallas Stars at St. Louis Blues
Where: Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri
When: 7 p.m.
Video stream: None
Stars projected lineup
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Erik Cole
Curtis McKenzie – Travis Morin – Patrick Eaves
Antoine Roussel – Radek Faksa – Matej Stransky
Derek Hulak – Justin Dowling – Branden Troock
Alex Goligoski – Jyrki Jokipakka
Patrik Nemeth – Kevin Connauton
Derek Meech – Jamie Oleksiak
Blues projected lineup
Steve Ott – Patrik Berglund – Ty Rattie
Robby Fabbri – Paul Stastny – T.J. Oshie
Chris Porter – Dmitrij Jaskin – Maxim Lapierre
John McCarthy – Philip McRae – Ryan Reaves
Jay Bouwmeester – Kevin Shattenkirk
Jordan Leopold – Brent Regner
Petteri Lindbohm – Ian Cole