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Tuesday update: Mark Fistric the scratch on defense

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan continues to have to make tough choices with his seven healthy defensemen. Tonight against Phoenix, Mark Fistric will be the defenseman who sits out as a healthy scratch.

“We think the six playing tonight have played well. Fisty has played very, very well but sometimes it is better to keep one guy a little bit disengaged here rather than throw all the others off,” Gulutzan said. “We’re going to see what transpires partner-wise and go for a couple games. What Fisty gives us is a tremendous penalty killer and a heavy physical presence and in those games where we were running into teams like that, we need to have him in the lineup. The other defensemen know that.”

Kari Lehtonen is in goal tonight. Game time is 9:00 p.m. and Fox Sports Southwest is the carrier.