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Thursday, February 9, 2012
Thursday update: Tomas Vincour moves up lineup

By Mark Stepneski

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan is shuffling his lines a bit for tonight's game in Columbus and that means an opportunity for right wing Tomas Vincour, who will move up into the top six and play with Jamie Benn and Steve Ott.

"It’s an opportunity for him. The message isn’t score our you’re going to get moved. The message is play the way we want you to, play your tail off and see what we can do," said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan.

Vincour has one goal and two assists in 20 games with the Stars this season, but he has scored when in the minors, registering 11 goals in 18 games with the Texas Stars of the AHL.

"At some point Tomas Vincour is going to score in the NHL. We just hope it is sooner than later," Gulutzan said.

Michael Ryder, who has been playing with Benn and Ott, is expected to lineup with Mike Ribeiro and Loui Eriksson tonight. Eric Nystrom will move back to a line with Vernon Fiddler and Radek Dvorak.

Tonight's a big game for the Stars, who have been lackluster since the All-Star break. Gulutzan said at this points it's up to the players to recognize what's at stake.

"We have to prepare them for the game, but the players have to get up and play it," Gulutzan said. "Most coaches aren't motivating for 82 games. You prepare for 82 games, you get them ready and there are different points of the season, but this is one where that motivation has to come from within."

Kari Lehtonen is in goal tonight.

Gulutzan said he'll probably go with Richard Bachman tomorrow night in Buffalo.

The defense will remain the same as the past few games.

Mark Fistric, Jake Dowell and Adam Pardy appear to be the scratches for tonight's game.

Pardy was recalled from his conditioning assignment in the AHL today. He had four assists in two games with the Texas Stars, including three last night in a 6-3 victory over Milwaukee.