Richard Bachman in goal against Devils

December, 16, 2011
12/16/11
11:52
AM CT
Richard Bachman will make his fourth straight start Friday when the Dallas Stars play at the New Jersey Devils. Bachman is 3-0-0 with a 0.90 goals-against average and .970 save percentage in four appearances since being called up because of an injury to Kari Lehtonen.

He'll be playing in back-to-back games, but it's nothing new to Bachman, who has played three games in three nights at times in the minors.

"I've seen him play three in three nights [in the AHL] and play well in all three," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. "I have no problem playing him back to back. I think our team has to play well in front of him, which we are more than capable of doing."

Gulutzan said he hasn't decided on any other lineup moves. There are a few bumps and bruises on the blue line, including Nicklas Grossman (elbow). The Stars could play seven defenseman, meaning Mark Fistric would be in the lineup. If they decided to go with 12 forwards, Toby Petersen would be in the lineup.

"We wanted to see how Gross is, but he's fine. He'll be a game player. We're not sure how healthy we are on D," Gulutzan said. "We are either going to go six [defense] and 12 [forwards] or seven [defensemen] and 11 [forwards]."

Just a reminder, Friday's game will be starting at 7 p.m. It was originally a 6 p.m. start, but it has been changed to 7 because of the Scott Niedermayer number retirement ceremony.

Mark Stepneski

ESPNDallas.com
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.

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