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Friday, December 31, 2010
Friday morning skate update

By Mark Stepneski

A few notes from this morning's skate at American Airlines Center.

It will be Kari Lehtonen in net for the Stars and Cory Schneider in goal for the Canucks. Schneider is 5-0-2 with 2.56 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage as the backup to Roberto Luongo this season.

Luongo won't play tonight since he just rejoined the team after being with his wife in Florida for the birth of the couple's second child.

It looks like forward Krys Barch and defenseman Matt Niskanen will be the scratches for the Stars. This will the fifth time in the last ten games that Niskanen has been a healthy scratch.

A reminder that tonight's game is a 7 p.m. start.