With Derek Roy returning, Stars look for more balanced attack

With Derek Roy returning from injured reserve for tonight’s nationally televised game against Colorado, Stars coach Glen Gulutzan is juggling his lines around in hopes of creating a more balanced attack.

Gulutzan is spreading his offensive weapons over three lines, instead of loading them up on the top two.

“With Ray (Whitney) out, Derek coming back in and the play of Cody Eakin, we’d like to play three lines, so we’ve kind of spread ourselves out,” Gulutzan said. “We wanted to get a little more ice time for Reilly Smith. We’ve got him with Ryder and Eakin. We’ve got Roy with Loui (Eriksson) and (Tomas) Vincour. We’ve got Jags (Jaromir Jagr, Benny (Jamie Benn) and (Brenden) Morrow together. We want to have a little bit more of a balanced attack.”

Eric Nystrom, Vernon Fiddler and Antoine Roussel are expected to be the fourth line.

Roy will be returning after missing five games with a groin injury. He has two assists in four games, and has won 53.3 percent of his faceoffs.

“I am excited to be back, returning with my teammates and being in the battle,” Roy said. “I worked hard and now I am ready to go.”

This will be the first time this season that the Stars have had Benn and Roy in the lineup as their No. 1 and No. 2 centers.

Kari Lehtonen will get the Start in goal for the Stars.

Roster moves: Jordie Benn, Cristopher Nilstorp to AHL

With Derek Roy coming off injured reserve, the Dallas Stars made some roster moves on Monday. They assigned defenseman Jordie Benn to the Texas Stars. They also activated goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp from injured reserve and assigned him to Texas.

The moves leave the Stars with 14 forwards, 7 defensemen and 2 goaltenders on the active roster. Ray Whitney, who is out 4-6 weeks with a fracture in his foot, is on injured reserve.

Stars projected lineup

Morrow-Benn-Jagr
Eriksson-Roy-Vincour
Smith-Eakin-Ryder
Nystrom-Fiddler-Roussel

Dillon-Robidas
Rome-Daley
Goligoski-Oleksiak

Lehtonen

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