Stars coach Glen Gulutzan is juggling his lines up for tonight’s game in Vancouver. Reilly Smith will get bumped up into the top six, where he’ll play left wing on a line with Derek Roy and Loui Eriksson.
“I think it’s an opportunity for him and we think he needs to get some more minutes,” Gulutzan said of Smith. “It’s up to him to see where he takes that. There’s some expectation with moving up the lineup. You’ve got to produce. He’s in his 13th game tonight and I don’t think he has a point. We’ll give him an opportunity to play with two real good players, and see what happens.”
Eriksson, who has been playing left wing, will switch to the right side.
“I talked to Loui about his comfort level, and he’s played right wing quite a bit and he saw it as a positive thing, especially with a left center in Derek,” Gulutzan said.
Michael Ryder will play on a line with center Cody Eakin. Ryder and Eakin played well together earlier in the season.
The Stars lineup should look like this: