Wednesday update: Alex Goligoski a healthy scratch tonight

So much for no major changes to the lineup for tonight’s game against Edmonton. Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said today that defenseman Alex Goligoski will be a healthy scratch tonight.

“Alex needs to get back to Alex’s level,” Gulutzan said. “Pretty cut and dried.”

Goligoski, who is making $4.2 million this season, is the Stars’ highest paid defenseman, and his $4.6 million cap his is the second highest on the team this season behind Jamie Benn’s $5.25 million hit. He has three points and a plus-two rating in ten games, but has struggled at times this season.

With Goligoski sitting out tonight, Philip Larsen will be in the lineup after being a healthy scratch the last three games. Gulutzan hopes the time sitting and watching will benefit Larsen.

“I think anyone can learn from watching,” Gulutzan said. “It stings a little bit, but you should come back hungrier. Philip has been fine for us, it’s just that we have a lot of guys battling for a few spots. This is the way it’s going to be for the rest of the year. We need guys to battle for position.”

Larsen could be paired with Jamie Oleksiak. That would leave Brenden Dillon and Stephane Robidas as a pair and Aaron Rome and Trevor Daley as the other.

Kari Lehtonen is in goal for the Stars.

Nugent-Hopkins out for Oilers

On the Edmonton side of things, forward Ryan-Nugent Hopkins is out tonight with an upper body injury. He was injured late in Monday’s game against Vancouver, and is day-t0-day. Devan Dubnyk will start in goal for the Oilers. He’s started all ten games for the Edmonton this season.

6 Responses to “Wednesday update: Alex Goligoski a healthy scratch tonight”

  1. Okay I have a huge problem with dressing Larsen. There is better players then him. Bring up Benn if you want to sit Goligoski down. Benn has shown he can play and plays well with The Big Rig. We should be sitting Larsen out every game then trade him off.

    • Larsen hasn’t been great, but neither has Jordie Benn. He’s had two awful turnovers that led directly to goals. Keep him in Austin.

  2. Never. Larson over Jordie Benn any day. Jordie benn needs more time in the AHL. Larson had a good season last year for a rookie, plus hes young, and no you want him in the AHL?

  3. Forget Larsen vs Benn, how about Goligoski vs James Neal? That’s turning about to be one bad trade for Nieuwy.

    • Neal in Pittsburgh – 47 goals in 110 games. Goligoski in Dallas – healthy scratch against injury depleted Edmonton Oilers.

  4. Good move by Gulutzan. He needed to sit one of the big guys who wasn’t performing to send a message.

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