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Tyler Seguin expected to play tonight vs. Wild

Stars forward feeling better after missing Monday's practice due to illness; Lehtonen to make third straight start in goal

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars forward Tyler Seguin should be good to go for tonight's game against the Minnesota Wild at American Airlines Center. Seguin, who missed Monday's practice due to illness, was on the ice for Tuesday's optional pregame skate.

"It looks like he is going to be okay," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff.

"I am feeling better," said Seguin. "Yesterday was not a good day, but today I am feeling better, so I am happy about that."

The Stars won't have center Radek Faksa tonight. He is expected to miss at least the next two games with a lower-body injury suffered in Saturday's game against Washington.

"We've got some adjustments to make," Ruff said. "It's a hole that somebody is going to have to fill. It's a tough task for that person that is going to have to step in, especially in that penalty killing role."

Video: Seguin feeling ready to face Wild

With Faksa out, Lauri Korpikoski will be back in the lineup tonight after being scratched Saturday. Jiri Hudler skated late this morning, so it appears he will be scratched for a second straight game. The Stars are expected to go with the same six defensemen as last game with Julius Honka sitting out as the scratch on the blue line.

Kari Lehtonen was the first goaltender off the ice for the Stars, so he is the expected starter in goal. This will be the third straight start for Lehtonen.

The Stars (19-20-9) come into tonight's game with four losses in their past five games, including a tough overtime loss to Washington on Saturday that saw the Stars play well through the first two periods but surrender a 3-1 lead in the third.

Tonight's game will be the Stars' fourth against the Wild. They are 1-2-0 in the season series. In the last meeting on Jan. 14 in Dallas, the Stars fell behind 4-0 in the first period, rallied to tie the game but lost when the Wild's Jason Zucker broke the tie with 6:45 remaining.

 "We need to focus on our start against these guys," Seguin said. "We're not hiding from it, we need to go on a run here. It was tough the way the last game ended against a good team. It's another opportunity against a great team tonight."

Tonight's game is the second of a six-game homestand for the Stars and their next to last game before the NHL's All-Star break.

Wild Watch

Devan Dubnyk is expected to get the start in goal tonight for the Wild (30-11-5). Dubnyk is 25-8-3 and leads the league in both goals-against average (1.91) and save percentage (.935). Wild captain Mikko Koivu, who missed the last game due to illness, skated this morning and appears ready to go. The Wild, who are coming off a 2-2-0 homestand, have points in 12 straight road games (10-0-2).

Tonight's Game

Who: Minnesota Wild at Dallas Stars
Where: American Airlines Center
When: 7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

Stars Projected Lineup

Jamie Benn - Cody Eakin - Patrick Eaves
Antoine Roussel - Tyler Seguin - Jason Spezza
Lauri Korpikoski - Devin Shore - Patrick Sharp
Curtis McKenzie - Adam Cracknell - Brett Ritchie

Esa Lindell - John Klingberg
Dan Hamhuis - Jordie Benn
Patrik Nemeth - Stephen Johns

Kari Lehtonen
Antti Niemi

Scratched: Jiri Hudler, Julius Honka
Injured: Radek Faksa (lower body), Johnny Oduya (lower body), Jamie Oleksiak (hand), Ales Hemsky (hip), Mattias Janmark (knee)

Wild Projected Lineup

Nino Niederreiter - Eric Staal - Charlie Coyle
Jason Zucker - Mikko Koivu -- Mikael Granlund
Zach Parise - Erik Haula - Jason Pominville
Chris Stewart - Tyler Graovac - Jordan Schroeder

Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon
Marco Scandella - Matt Dumba
Nate Prosser - Mike Reilly

Devan Dubnyk
Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: Christian Folin, Christoph Bertschy
Injured: Jonas Brodin (finger), Victor Bartley (arm)

This story was not subject to 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.

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