Dec 29, 2011; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn (14) skates through the Columbus Blue Jackets zone during their game at the American Airlines Center. The Blue Jackets defeated the Stars 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

Game Preview: Stars' Youth Take The Ice To End The Season

The Dallas Stars might not be playing for much tonight, but they will take the ice one more time tonight against the St. Louis Blues in downtown Dallas. The Stars were officially eliminated from the playoff hunt with their 2-0 loss in Nashville on Thursday, meaning that tonight’s game really does not matter to the Stars. And with the current situation resulted in the Stars calling up a few younger players from the Texas Stars yesterday. Former first round pick Scott Glennie and defenseman Brenden Dillion will both make their first career NHL starts tonight for the Stars, while Jordie Benn was also called up to play, and Reilly Smith will see time on the top line tonight after playing two games since being signed to a deal late in the season.

With the youth getting a chance to prove themselves and see the ice tonight, a lot of veteran Stars will not be in the lineup. Mike Ribeiro, Steve Ott, Stephane Robidas, Sheldon Souray, and Radek Dvorak will sit out tonight, spending the final night of the season off the ice. Along with that, Kari Lehtonen will get the night off as Richard Bachman will get the start in net, adding to the youth movement. The Blues on the other hand could still take first overall in the Western Conference with a win and some help, so they are expected to play their full roster. Add that to the fact that the Blues are rolling along with no injuries right now, and the young Stars might be in for a rough night to end the year.

The puck drops from the AAC at 7:00pm tonight, with the final game of the season on Fox Sports Southwest Plus and 1310AM The Ticket. The Blues will be looking to win the season series with a win tonight, beating the Stars the last two times the teams met up after Dallas took the first meeting of the season. St. Louis is 0-2-2 in their last four games, but overall they continue to be one of the top teams in the league since Ken Hitchcock took over the helm early this season.

  • St Louis is only 20th in goals per game, but they are first overall in the league in goals against at only 1.89 per game.
  • The Blues take first in the West with a win and a Vancouver loss against Edmonton.
  • Smith will play on a top line with Jamie Benn and Michael Ryder, while Glennie will play on the 2nd line with Loui Eriksson and Tom Wandell.
  • It is Fan Appreciation Night at the arena, with giveaways and contests throughout the night.

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Tags: Brenden Dillion Dallas Stars Jamie Benn Kari Lehtonen Ken Hitchcock Loui Eriksson Mike Ribeiro Reilly Smith Richard Bachman Scott Glennie St. Louis Blues Steve Ott

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