Dan Ellis made his fourth straight start Saturday night in Los Angeles, but who will be in net Sunday when the Stars take on the Ducks in Anaheim is still up in the air.
Kari Lehtonen, who has missed the last four games with a lower body injury, is on the trip. He practiced Saturday morning with the team and is making progress but he still appears to be doubtful.
With a quick turnaround for Sunday’s game against the Ducks (5 p.m. Pacific time), that could mean a decision of whether to go with Ellis again or turn to Jack Campbell.
If Campbell gets the nod it would be the NHL debut for the Stars’ first round pick (11th overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft.
Campbell hasn’t played since October 5, when he stopped 18 of 19 shots in the Texas Stars’ 4-1 victory over the Chicago Wolves. Campbell, who is in his second professional season, was called up to Dallas on October 12, and has been backing up Ellis and getting in plenty of work during practices.
Campbell said the experience of watching games from the bench and practicing at the NHL level has been helpful.
“You can learn a lot from the goalies on both teams. That’s what is awesome, whoever is in net you can learn from them,” Campbell said. “Then in practice, the shooters and how fast the game is, that makes my game a lot better. And just the experience; every game that I’ve sat on the bench I have felt more comfortable and ready to play. Whenever my name is called I will be ready to go.”
And Stars goaltending coach Mike Valley believes Campbell has done everything he can to be ready if he gets the call on Sunday.
“I think so. The real answer to that with any player is you never know until they are given the opportunity,” Valley said. “Has he prepared himself as best he can? Absolutely. Is he mentally ready now? Yes, I think he is. He had a strong preseason, he’s practiced well. In my opinion, he’s ready. But again, until you throw a guy into that situation, you don’t know how he’ll react. Every indication says that he can handle it.”
*The Stars have been outscored 8-1 in third periods this season.
*The Stars were 0-5 on the power play and 2-3 on the penalty kill.
*Los Angeles outshot Dallas 33-25 in the game.
*There were a total of 79 hits recorded in the game, 50 for Los Angeles and 29 for Dallas. Alex Chiasson led the Stars with five hits.
*The Stars won 32 of 67 faceoffs (48 percent). Vernon Fiddler won 7 of 13 (54 percent) and Shawn Horcoff won 6 of 11 (55 percent). Jamie Benn and Rich Peverley both won 4 of 11 (36 percent).
*The Stars top line combined for 6 points in the game. Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley both had a goal and an assist. Jamie Benn had two assists.
*With his points, Seguin ran his points streak to six games (4 goals, 6 assists, 10 points).
*Antoine Roussel dropped the gloves for the second straight game, fighting Kings forward Daniel Carcillo in the first period.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Rich Peverley
ay Whitney – Cody Eakin – Alex Chiasson
Valeri Nichushkin - Shawn Horcoff – Erik Cole
Antoine Roussel – Vernon Fiddler – Ryan Garbutt
Brenden Dillon – Stephane Robidas
Trevor Daley – Jordie Benn
Alex Goligoski – Sergei Gonchar
Dan Ellis (starter)
Scratched: Lane MacDermid, Kevin Connauton
Injured: Kari Lehtonen (lower body)
Conditioning assignment: Aaron Rome