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Stars-Ducks Morning Skate

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Stars coach Lindy Ruff said he’ d like to get Dan Ellis a start soon, but it doesn’t look like it will be tonight against the Anaheim Ducks.

Kari Lehtonen was the first goaltender off the ice at Tuesday morning’s skate, indicating he will make his 15th consecutive start when the Stars take on the Ducks at American Airlines Center. Jonas Hiller will be in net for the Ducks.

The Stars activated left wing Ray Whitney from injured reserve Tuesday morning. Whitney will return to the lineup tonight after missing the last five games with a groin injury. He is expected to play on a line with Cody Eakin and Alex Chiasson. Whitney also is expected to see time on the Stars power play.

“We know that Ray has always been a good power play guy,” Ruff said. “Before he was hurt he had a lot great opportunities, but he was a little snakebit like some of our guys. I believe if the zone time keeps going up and the amount of attempts to the net keeps going up, the puck will start going in.”

The Stars power play is 3-38 over the last 11 games overall and is 1-29 at home this season.

Quotable: Teemu Selanne on the Stars

“Obviously they refreshed their lineup and their management also. So they are just building their identity here. They’ve got some pretty good players here. It looks like they are committed to a big step forward. It’s always a good sign when the organization wants to win. They’re always a dangerous team.”

-Ducks forward Teemu Selanne on the changes with the Dallas Stars

Tuesday’s game
Who: Anaheim Ducks at Dallas Stars
Where: American Airlines Center
When 7 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Network
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

Stars projected lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin
Ray Whitney
Cody EakinAlex Chiasson
Erik Cole
Shawn HorcoffRich Peverley
Antoine Roussel
Vernon FiddlerRyan Garbutt

Brenden DillonStephane Robidas
Alex Goligoski
Trevor Daley
Jordie Benn
Sergei Gonchar

Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Dan Ellis

Ducks projected lineup

Dustin Penner – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Matt Beleskey – Mathieu Perrault – Teemu Selanne
Andrew Cogliano – Nick Bonino – Kyle Palmieri
Patrick Maroon – Daniel Winnik – Emerson Etem

Cam Fowler – Ben Lovejoy
Mark Fistric
– Sami Vatanen
Nolan Yonkman – Hampus Lindholm

Jonas Hiller (starter)
Frederik Andersen

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 reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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