Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow will miss tonight’s game at Phoenix with a groin injury he suffered in Thursday’s game against Los Angeles.
“He didn’t skate yesterday and he’s not much better today,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “He’s not going to go tonight. It’s our window here to get it better. Yesterday a day off, a day off for him today and a day off tomorrow, then we’ll see if he can skate on Monday.”
With Morrow out, Matt Fraser will slide into the lineup. Fraser, who was called up from the Texas Stars of the AHL on Friday, is expected to skate on a line with center Cody Eakin and right wing Reilly Smith.
“I just want him to play,” said Gulutzan. “I noticed in the first couple of games that he played he was nervous. I don’t want him to be, I just want him to play. It’s not life or death for him, I want him to come in and play his game, play hard and I fully expect he is going to do that. I think the second time around he is going to be a little more relaxed and play a little bit more of his game.”
The 22-year old Fraser, Texas’ top goal scorer, has played two games this season for Dallas, and scored his first NHL goal on February 25 at Nashville.
“Anytime you get a chance to play in the NHL it is exciting. It’s what we work for in the American League. It’s exciting and I am happy to be here,” said Fraser. “There isn’t any such thing as having a bad day in the NHL, especially when you’re a young guy and you’re a deer in headlights. You come up here and soak up every opportunity you can. Jaromir Jagr is sitting across from me and it’s pretty cool to see him there and to be on the same ice with him.”
Gulutzan said he won’t make any changes on defense. He likes the way the group played in Thursday’s 5-2 win at Los Angeles.
“We’re going to stay with it,” said Gulutzan. “We liked how our defense played as a group in a tough building. We’re going to stick with it.”
Kari Lehtonen is in goal tonight.
Stars projected lineup