The Dallas Stars solved their back-to-back problems for a night February when Richard Bachman got the start in Chicago, followed by Kari Lehtonen the next day at home against Minnesota. Both were wins. Both part of this 9-0-1 stretch. For the coming back to back, they'll switch it up.
Glen Gulutzan said Kari Lehtonen will be in goal on Tuesday night as the Stars travel to Minnesota.
Richard Bachman is earning a reputation, albeit with a small sample size, of being a guy the Stars can rely on in high pressure situations on the road. He has wins at Staples Center, Madison Square Garden, United Center, and Rogers Arena in Vancouver this season. Could he roll into the hornets nest that is Winnipeg and do the same, or will the Stars go with Lehtonen in both? Given the enormity of the game against Chicago at home on Friday, this seems unlikely, but they're undecided.
"We're going to go day by day with the goalie situation," said Gulutzan, adding that they'd see what the work load is like the first night.
Meanwhile Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray skated today. "Obviously that's a good sign for us," said Gulutzan. "I think he's doubtful for tomorrow for sure. We'll see what he feels like maybe for Wednesday." Defensive pairings were Fistric-Robidas, Goligoski-Larsen, and Daley-Pardy in the win over Anaheim Saturday night.
Radek Dvorak, however, did not practice. The news is not all bad, though. "He's got a little bit of a lower body injury. Not serious, but he's 50/50 for Tuesday." That line could need tweaking in his potential absence, and the Stars have some options there. Adam Burish or Tomas Vincour would seem likely candidates to move up on the right side and check with Fiddler and Nystrom.
That would free up a spot on the fourth line to bring Jake Dowell (who missed practice today with the flu) or Ryan Garbutt back into the lineup. How would you draw them up? How would you play the goaltender situation on a back to back?