clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Dallas Stars Morning Skate Update: Julius Honka to Make Season Debut Tonight

New, comments

The Stars will make some major and minor adjustments ahead of tonight's game against the Detroit Red Wings

Dallas Stars v Colorado Avalanche Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Okay, so 0-2 isn't how we all obviously wanted to start the season off, but hey, it's something to build off of as the Dallas Stars take on the Detroit Red Wings tonight at American Airlines Center.

The Detroit Red Wings come into tonight's game with an opposite record of the Stars at 2-0, and they are looking to continue their hot streak against Dallas tonight. But with the fire power the Stars have been showing and with Ben Bishop back in net after taking a puck to the kisser in the season opener, that could be tough. Plus, when you take into account how frustrated this Stars team has been the past two games with quote-unquote great goalie play in the opposition's net, you can expect some of that frustration to unfold tonight...and maybe we'll see more than just one goal find the back of the net.

Do expect changes with some of the lines tonight not because of play but mainly because of injury, as Dan Hamhuis is out with a groin injury and Julius Honka(!) expects to make his season debut against Detroit.

Here are the likely forward lines according to Mark Stepneski:

Stars expected lines tonight:

Benn-Seguin-Radulov

Janmark-Hanzal-Shore

Elie-Spezza-Ritchie

Roussel-Faksa-Pitlick

Something that may catch your eye here is the name Remi Elie. Elie has been called up from the Texas Stars to take the departed Adam Cracknell's spot. Elie has shown himself to be a force so far this season with Texas. He will provide the third line with speed and grit tonight, which Hitchcock said is going to be much needed.

Stars expected defense pairs:

Lindell-Klingberg

Methot-Johns

Oleksiak-Honka

With Dan Hamhuis out, this gives Julius Honka the moment he's been waiting for and an opportunity that he must seize. Honka showed glimpses of what he can do last year when he was called up to play 16 games for Dallas where he produced five points. Honka has the ability to raise the bar on the defensive side and can provide an improved back end, which is an improvement the Stars need almost as much as an improvement to their 1.5 goals per game offense.

With two young guys looking to make the most out of tonight, I'd expect a fun game from the Stars and, hopefully just hopefully, a one to replace that zero in the win column.

Puck drops 7:30pm CDT.