Monday, December 26, 2011
Bachman in goal; Souray and Robidas out vs. Blues
By Mark Stepneski
FRISCO -- Richard Bachman will make his eighth straight start when the Dallas Stars play at St. Louis tonight in nationally televised game on Versus.
Bachman is 5-2-0 with a 2.60 goals against average and .916 save percentage in eight appearances since being recalled from the AHL due to an injury to Kari Lehtonen.
The Stars will be without defensemen Stephane Robidas and Sheldon Souray for tonight's game. Robidas will miss his third straight game with a bone bruise in his foot.
"He's had some encouraging signs the last three days," said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. "The swelling has gone out of it. It's not broke, but it's a bone bruise. He's walking a little bit better and once he can start walking without a limp he can start skating."
Souray is out with a sprained ankle suffered in he second period of Friday's 6-3 victory over Nashville.
"He's going to be evaluated back here today," said Gulutzan.
The defense pairings in this morning's skate in Frisco were:
Nicklas Grossman-Trevor Daley
Alex Goligoski-Philip Larsen
Mark Fistric-Adam Pardy
Forward Toby Petersen, who has been a healthy scratch the last two games and six of the last eight, will probably be in the lineup on the fourth line. With Souray and Robidas out, Petersen can help out on the point on the power play.
"He's the one forward that can play minutes on defense, especially on the power play," Gulutzan said. "With six D, it's always good to have a little bit of insurance. If he can do that and be on your fourth line, too, that's a good thing."