Dallas Stars' Trevor Daley Skates; Sergei Gonchar Still Out (Concussion-Like Symptoms)

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It seems Colton Sceviour will get the scratch tonight as the Nashville Predators come calling, and Gonchar is still out.

The Dallas Stars sent Maxime Fortunus back to the Texas Stars just before Christmas, giving hope that perhaps Sergei Gonchar (concussion-like symptoms) was on the mend a bit quicker that originally thought.

He may be, but will not play tonight. Aaron Rome, however, appears over his lower-body injury and will be in tonight, likely paired with Jordie Benn.

Ryan Garbutt and Alex Chiasson both skated with lines and it appears that Colton Sceviour will be the odd man out for this one. Expect a lineup that looks like this:

Benn-Seguin-Nichushkin
Roussel-Eakin-Garbutt
Cole-Peverley-Chiasson
Horcoff-Fiddler-Whitney

Dillon-Goligoski
Benn-Rome
Connauton-Gaunce

Again, the order of the lines, outside of the first, should not be of note, concern or deserving of comment. The Stars have a first line, and three...others.

We've been light on information all week due to the CBA mandated holiday, but here's a bit of cheer for Stars faithful this morning:

Skating and enduring the full rigors the game demands of one are two different things. Daley is surely still weeks away from returning, possibly stretching through the Olympic break, but this is a nice sign and a reminder that help is on the way. Eventually.

Kari Lehtonen was the first goaltender off the ice this morning, usually indicating that he will start, but Lindy Ruff has fooled media before at home this season, so in the interest of paranoia and hedging we'll say that Dan Ellis probably won't be in net tonight.

It's expected Nashville will go with Carter Hutton in goal.

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