Dallas Stars New and Notes

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, January 6th, 2018

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Stars finally adjust to Hitchcock winning four in a row
The Dallas Stars are winners of four straight and six of eight.
Their lineup looks at least a little different as rookie defenseman
Julius Honka replaces Jamie Oleksiak on the blue line after sitting
the last two games. The Stars called up forward Jason Dickinson from
their American Hockey League affiliate as a precautionary measure —
although with a couple of guys nicked up, there’s a decent chance
Dickinson plays.
“It’s precautionary right now,” head coach Ken Hitchcock said .
“We were just at 12 forwards (in January), a couple of guys got banged
up. So just from a safety standpoint, we wanted to make sure we
weren’t caught shorthanded this month, so we brought (Dickinson) in.
We’ll take him into warmup and see how the guys — the two guys that
are banged up — and we’ll see how they work out through the day.”
If he comes in, look for Dickinson to go as a center. The biggest
lineup change is in goal, where Kari Lehtonen returns to action. This
is life as a backup netminder, especially when your starter is playing
as well as Ben Bishop has played. You don’t get much action, and the
action you get is stacked against you.
The last time Lehtonen saw game action was his start against
Edmonton at home on Nov. 18. He was pulled 20:42 into the game after
allowing a third Edmonton goal on 12 shots. Bishop came on in relief
and the Stars stormed back to win.

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