Friday update: Line changes, Chiasson moves up

The Stars took yesterday off and were back on the ice in Anaheim today as they prepare for tonight’s game against the Ducks.

“There are a lot of new faces in that locker room and there was a lot leading up to the trade deadline and after, obviously we were one of the more active clubs,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan.  “With the new faces we just wanted to give the guys the day to go out and have lunch together, spend an afternoon and come ready here to play. It was a little deviation from what we’ve done in the past, but at this juncture we felt we wanted to try something different. We’ve played Anaheim three times, we want to get some points out of it.”

This will be the third straight game against Anaheim, which has won the first two by a combined score of 9-2.

Gulutzan is juggling his lines, including moving Alex Chiasson to right wing on a line with center Jamie Benn and Ray Whitney at left wing. Chiasson had a strong showing in his NHL debut against the Ducks Wednesday night.

“We knew he played well watching the game, but when we watched it again he did a lot of things well,” said Gulutzan. “For us, changing the lines now is a matter of us playing a team three times in a row. Not only do we want to spread out some of our young guys, but we want to change things up a bit. We felt that with Whitney and Loui (Eriksson) we weren’t generating a lot there, so we broke those two guys up and spread out our young guys. Chiasson does a lot of little things well. He’s a big body and he’ll fit well with Benn and Whitney on the left side.”

Kari Lehtonen will get the nod in goal. This will be his 17th straight start.

“I think it’s good for him. He wants to play and we’re still battling here,” said Gulutzan. “We need our big guy to go. I think it is good for everybody that he is playing.”

Stars projected lineup




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