We’ll go ahead and say this for the fifth time, and will continue to put this in our preseason game previews (even though it sometimes feel like we’re talking to brick walls): no Dallas Stars preseason games will be televised by the Stars. If the other team is televising or providing a legitimate stream of the game, you’ll find that information in our previews.
The Dallas Stars went decidedly different with their roster tonight versus the closer-to-NHL-complete roster they played at home in front of their fans Tuesday night. It’s full of guys that have earned a look in training camp, with several heavy bodies in the lineup.
Curtis McKenzie – Radek Faksa – R.J. Umberger
Justin Dowling – Jason Dickinson – Brian Flynn
Antoine Roussel – Roope Hintz – Denis Gurianov
Remi Elie – Devin Shore – Adam Cracknell
Nick Caamano was the extra forward at morning skate this morning.
The thing that will be most interesting here will be how Faksa’s line can perform against some of Colorado’s top-end players. He’s often considered one of the better two-way forwards on the Stars roster, even if he’s underratedly designated as such, so look to see how he does specifically.
The defense will see Honka and Johns both in for another look in the preseason, and the first game for veteran(ish) blueliners such as Dan Hamhuis, Patrik Nemeth and Greg Pateryn.
Dan Hamhuis – Stephen Johns
Patrik Nemeth – Greg Pateryn
Dillon Heatherington – Julius Honka
We’ll also get the first look of Heatherington at the NHL level after he was acquired in the Lauri Korpikoski trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets last season.
Kari Lehtonen is expected to play two periods tonight, with Landon Bow getting the other. Ken Hitchcock told the media today that Lehtonen and Ben Bishop will get full games over the last four preseason games, which means that Bow and Mike McKenna are likely to be in the round of players cut on Friday.
Hitchcock intends to cull the training camp roster to 30 maximum on Friday, and those will be the 30 that the eventual 23-man roster will be chosen from. The Stars will have preseason games on Saturday, September 23rd at the St. Louis Blues, Monday, September 25th versus the Colorado Avalanche again, Tuesday, September 26th versus the Minnesota Wild, and Saturday, September 30th at the Minnesota Wild.
The Colorado Avalanche will ice a fairly NHL-veteran-heavy roster tonight featuring the likes of Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, and Semyon Varlamov.
Nail Yakupov - Matt Duchene - Alexander Kerfoot
Gabriel Landeskog - JT Compher - Sven Andrighetto
Brendan Ranford - Trent Vogelhuber - AJ Greer
Gabriel Bourque - Felix Girard - Reid Petryk
Their blueline pairings should look something like this:
Anton Lindholm - David Warsofsky
Andrei Mironov - Mark Barberio
Sergei Boikov - Chris Bigras
Semyon Varlamov will start in net with Spencer Martin backing him up.
You can read all about the Avalanche’s perspective here. Frankly, I’m surprised that Duchene is playing. After nearly two years of being told he’s going to be traded only not to be, whispers about a possible training camp hold out, and rumors that teams are still inquiring about his services, I would think the Avalanche front office would want to keep him from getting injured in relatively meaningless games and potentially causing them not to be able to trade him.
Then again, I thought there was no way Duchene would still be in the burgundy and white when the season rolled around, and yet here we are today.