The Dallas Stars didn’t skate this morning, but they did hold a meeting for about 15 minutes or so at American Airlines Center as they prepare to take on the Minnesota Wild in a key game tonight.
The Stars enter the game with just one win in their last ten games (1-8-1) and need two points keep from falling farther behind in the playoff race. The Stars are nine points behind Minnesota, which currently sits in the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
“I called the meeting. It was good,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “I’ve been through stretches like this and it’s believing in your system, trusting in your system, it’s being able to trust the guy next to you. The two words I look for and I want the players to dig down and grab are energy and emotion. I want to see energy and emotion tonight. And when the game’s over, I want them to be proud of the effort they put in and we’ll take the result after that.”
On the lineup front, Ruff said Valeri Nichushkin, who has been a healthy scratch the last two games, will be back in the lineup tonight. There is no word on any other lineup changes. Ruff declined to reveal his goaltender plan for tonight.
Minnesota will go with the same lineup as Saturday’s game. Darcy Kuemper will get the start in goal again.
Who: Minnesota Wild 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 – Tyler Seguin – Erik Cole
Antoine Roussel – Cody Eakin –Ryan Garbutt
Ray Whitney – Vernon Fiddler – Alex Chiasson
Shawn Horcoff – Rich Peverley – Valeri Nichushkin
Alex Goligoski – Trevor Daley
Kevin Connauton/Jordie Benn – Brenden Dillon
Aaron Rome – Sergei Gonchar
Wild projected lineup
Nino Niederreiter – Mikael Granlund – Jason Pominville
Dany Heatley – Charlie Coyle – Jason Zucker
Matt Cooke – Kyle Brodziak – Justin Fontaine
Stephane Veilleux – Erik Haula – Torrey Mitchell
Ryan Suter – Jonas Brodin
Marco Scandella – Nate Prosser
Keith Ballard – Clayton Stoner
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