2014 NHL Playoffs: Brenden Dillon Not At Morning Skate for Dallas Stars; Frederik Andersen Starter for Anaheim Ducks

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Aaron Rome looks like he could be in the lineup for the Dallas Stars playoff opener against the Anaheim Ducks, who are starting their more experienced rookie in net.

Let's start with the good news - the Dallas Stars officially return to the playoffs in about five-and-a-half hours.

Now the bad - it looks like they might have to start their series with the Anaheim Ducks without the services of defenseman Brenden Dillon, who did not take part in the morning skate.

Dillon hasn't skated, at least to our knowledge, since leaving midway through the Stars playoffs-clinching victory with some sort of lower-body injury. He's been a mainstay on the second pairing for the Stars this year, most recently paired with Jordie Benn to form a shut-down pair the Stars use more often for defensive zone starts.

In Dillon's place, it looks like Aaron Rome will step in. Rome left the ice with the group of expected starters while Kevin Connauton, Tim Thomas, Dustin Jeffrey and Chris Mueller stayed on for extra work.

The forward lines looked the same as yesterday according to the esteemed Mike Heika, but there's no word on the defensive pairs at the moment.

Kari Lehtonen will be the Stars starter because of course he is. The Ducks starter, on the other hand, was a mystery up until their morning skate.

After much gnashing of teeth about the issue, it looks like rookie Frederik Andersen will get the start in net for the Ducks. Andersen has had a stellar rookie year as he's chased Jonas Hiller from the Anaheim net, boasting a 20-5-0 record with a 2.29 goals against average and a .923 save percentage.

He's won four of his last five starts, though he missed three games in the last few weeks with an upper-body injury, and his only no-decision came in relief. He made his NHL debut against the Stars way back in October, when he came in in relief and shut the Stars out for the final 40 minutes of their 6-3 loss in Anaheim.

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