DALLAS, TX - SEPTEMBER 29: Kari Lehtonen #32 of the Dallas Stars during play against the Florida Panthers at American Airlines Center on September 29, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Stars Split Opening Pair With Blackhawks

The Dallas Stars season commences Friday at home against the Chicago Blackhawks. The two teams will travel to the Windy City for the return engagement Saturday. New Stars coach Glenn Gulutzan has a mix of new veterans and a few rookies added to his roster, but Brad Richards is gone.

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Stars Vs. Blackhawks: Adam Burish Out Friday, Possible Stars Line Combos

Our friends at Defending Big D inform us that Stars forward Adam Burish is in fact out for the opener Friday night in Dallas. The expectation is that he could play Saturday in Chicago, so we could see significant line shuffling between the first two games. At any rate, sans Burish, here are how DBD expects the forward lines to shake out in Game 1:

Morrow-Ribeiro-Ryder
Eriksson-Benn-Vincour
Ott-Fiddler-Dvorak
Petersen-Wandell-Dowell

Robidas and Goligoski will go with the Ribeiro bunch and Souray and Daley with the other.

Krys Barch and Burish are your scratches.

Michael Ryder will obviously be a man to watch, as he reconnects with Mike Ribeiro. Tomas Vincour will try to establish himself as a legitimate NHL top-6 or at least top-9 caliber guy. Vernon Fiddler will look to anchor the checking line, which will shuffle once Burish is healthy. The Stars also expect to break in young defenseman Philip Larsen tonight, likely pairing him with Mark Fistric.

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