Sunday, February 12, 2012
Souray still out, Lehtonen in goal vs. Kings
By Mark Stepneski
FRISCO -- Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray will miss his second straight game with a foot injury. Souray, who took a puck off the foot in Thursday's game at Columbus, is listed as day-to-day.
"He's got a bruised foot, not broke or anything," said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. "It's kind of the same thing Robi (Stephane Robidas) had, hard shot in the foot. There's probably some spider cracking in there. I would say he is day-to-day."
Souray did skate with the team this morning.
Center Vernon Fiddler, who took a puck in the ankle in Friday's game at Buffalo and was limping afterwards, is fine, according to Gulutzan. Fiddler skated this morning with his usual linemates, Eric Nystrom and Radek Dvorak.
Kari Lehtonen will start in goal today for the Stars as they battle the Los Angeles Kings. The Stars, who begin the day in 10th place, are three points behind eighth-seeded Phoenix and four points behind the seventh-seeded Kings. The Stars have two games in hand on both teams.
The Kings are wrapping up a six-game road trip today. They've gone 1-3-1 in the first five games and they are struggling to score, having tallied just six goals in those five games.
"It sounds like us," said Gulutzan. "It's tough. You have to play a certain way in this league, and it's tough. They have a little bit of a defensive identity in their game, and tonight we have to be good defensively to keep it tight against them. They have guys that can score - (Justin) Williams, (Anze) Kopitar and (Mike) Richards. They've got guys that can put the puck in the net."
It's not just a big a big game as the standings. It's also the final game of the season series and although the Stars have won three of the first five, both teams have six points. The Stars are 3-2-0 and the Kings are 2-1-2. The winner tonight wins the season series and owns that tiebreaker if it ever comes to that.
Here's the projected Dallas lineup based on this morning's skate.