Do you think the Dallas Stars have already featured a lot of new faces on the ice this season?
To Jaromir Jagr, Derek Roy, Ray Whitney, Colton Sceviour, Brenden Dillon, Aaron Rome, Jordie Benn and Cody Eakin now come additions Jamie Oleksiak and Antoine Roussel - Both of whom will play Friday night against the Phoenix Coyotes after being called up just yesterday.
Roussel was called up as Reilly Smith was sent down, and it seems the Stars are looking for something in particular they've been missing.
"I thought we could use a little personality and some grit and he's going to get a chance to prove that," said Gulutzan of Roussel. How much of that he can provide in what we'll assume will be pretty limited minutes is something to keep an eye on.
The Stars defense has struggled moving pucks out of their own, in transition and in coverage, and so they'll play with the chemistry and pairs once more with the addition of rookie Oleksiak and his mammoth reach.
"We want to get a little heavier in some of these games on the back end and he's played so well in the [AHL] and just like our other young defensemen deserves an opportunity," said Gulutzan Thursday. "We want to give him a chance to see what he can do."
Bad news continues on the injury front as Derek Roy and Jamie Benn will have to wait another couple of games at the least to see game action together. Roy, out with a groin strain, is likely out for the entire weekend.
"We're hoping to have Derek on Monday against Colorado," said the Stars' head coach, "but it remains to be seen whether we'll have him or not."
It sounds like Cristopher Nilstorp skated but is still day to day. Richard Bachman could be used in the back to back on Saturday night. Kari Lehtonen will start on Friday at home.
"We need to stay away from the penalty box," added Gulutzan when discussing the upcoming back to back against Phoenix, and they certainly do. The Coyotes PP has improved to over 25% now, and more than a third of their offense comes with the man advantage.
Mark Stepneski is reporting the lines from practice as such:Eriksson-Benn-Jagr
It seems as though Wandell could be the odd-man out, and that Vincour could stick with the third line for a bit.