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

Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

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.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Defending Big D

You must be a member of Defending Big D to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Defending Big D. You should read them.

Join Defending Big D

You must be a member of Defending Big D to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Defending Big D. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker