Reminder: Tonight's game will be broadcast on 1310 The Ticket. Pregame show starts at 6:30, you can listen online here.
The Dallas Stars enter tonight's game with their preliminary 23-man roster seemingly all set, and this will also be the first game the Stars play with entire NHL lineup on the ice for the same game. James Neal, Brad Richards and Loui Eriksson have emerged as a dangerous second line for the Stars, with both Eriksson and Richards in the top ten in the NHL in scoring this preseason.
The St. Louis Blues have recently signed Darryl Sydor to a one-year contract, earning a roster spot after being invited to tryout in training camp. He's stepping into the role of the veteran leader on a young but talented blue line and is joining a Blues team that is looking to improve on a surprisingly good 2008-09 season.
Lines and injury updates after jump.
Brenden Morrow is still nursing some sore leg muscles and will be a game time decision tonight. Per Marc Crawford (courtesy of Mark Stepneski):
"We don't want to do anything that will further complicate his situation, but at the same time we know and Brenden knows he's got to get some game action," Stars head coach Marc Crawford said. "If he can get some game action and it's not detrimental then we'll do that, and we'll give it until tonight to make the decision."
Lines at practice and the morning skate were as follows:
Neal - Richards - Erksson
Ott - Ribeiro - Barch
Sutherby - Modano - Benn
Petersen - Wandell - Brunnstrom
Daley - Skrastins
Grossman - Robidas
Fistric - Niskanen
If Morrow is able to play tonight, then he'll replace Sutherby in the lineup with Ott moving down to Modano's line. Crawford has said that he's comfortable with Sutherby, but wants to see more of Benn, Wandell and especially Brunnstrom.
Don't forget, Wandell and Benn (and perhaps Brunnstrom) are still battling for one spot on the roster. Crawford has stated several times that he is hesitant to sit two forwards each game, especially with the Texas Stars just a few hours away.
Marty Turco will play the entire game in net.
While I have no actual line information, here is the expected roster for Stl Louis:
Barret Jackman, Erik Johnson, Alex Pietrangelo, Carlo Colaiacovo, Tyson Strachan, Mike Weaver, Roman Polak,
Keith Tkachuk, Paul Kariya, Andy McDonald, Brad Winchester, Derek Armstrong, Jay McClement, D.J. Steen, Alexander Steen, Patrik Berglund, Brad Boyes, B.J. Crombeen, David Backes, Cam Janssen, David Perron, T.J. Oshie.
Chris Mason, Ty Conklin, Ben Bishop