Stars center Tyler Seguin continues to be bothered by that muscle issue that kept him out of a couple of recent practices. Seguin didn’t skate Saturday, and coach Lindy Ruff said the Stars No. 1 center is a game-time decision for this evening’s tilt with the Edmonton Oilers.
“Again we kept him off, so we’ll see where he is at,” Ruff said.
The Stars have an extra forward in Dustin Jeffrey if needed.
On the defensive side of things, Ruff said he hasn’t decided yet who will slide into the lineup to take the spot of Stephane Robidas, who is out 4-6 months following surgery for a leg fracture.
Jamie Oleksiak, Kevin Connauton and Aaron Rome all skated with backup goaltender Dan Ellis this morning at American Airlines Center. Rome is still dealing with a muscle issue, so he doesn’t appear to be an option right now. That leaves Oleksiak, who was called up from the AHL on Saturday, and Connauton, who has played one NHL game this season, as possibilities for tonight’s game.
“We’re going to dress them both for warm-up and then make a decision on what direction we want to go,” Ruff said.
Kari Lehtonen is the likely starter for the Stars. Ilya Bryzgalov is the confirmed starter for the Oilers.
“I had a long text conversation with him. I actually sent a picture of him when he scored the other night, and he was in Diller’s (Brenden Dillon’s) arms and I told him that Diller said he would carry you the rest of the year.”
-Stars coach Lindy Ruff when asked if he had talked to defenseman Stephane Robidas, who had surgery Saturday for a leg fracture
Who: Edmonton Oilers at Dallas Stars
Where: American Airlines Center
When: 5:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM
Stars projected lineup
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin –Valeri Nichushkin
Ray Whitney – Cody Eakin – Alex Chiasson
Erik Cole – Shawn Horcoff – Rich Peverley
Antoine Roussel – Vernon Fiddler – Ryan Garbutt
Brenden Dillon – Jamie Oleksiak/Kevin Connauton
Alex Goligoski – Trevor Daley
Jordie Benn – Sergei Gonchar
Oilers projected lineup
Taylor Hall – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jordan Eberle
Nail Yakupov – Sam Gagner – Ales Hemsky
Ryan Smyth – Will Acton – David Perron
Jesse Joensuu – Mark Arcobello – Ryan Jones
Andrew Ference – Jeff Petry
Anton Belov - Justin Schultz
Nick Schultz – Denis Grebeshkov
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 DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.