With Dallas on the brink of elimination going into Game 6 against Anaheim Ducks, the Stars will scratch 41-year-old Ray Whitney for the first time in this series, according to TSN’s Aaron Ward.
Whitney is a veteran of 108 playoff games and won the Stanley Cup with Carolina back in 2006, but his role in this series has been limited. He has no points, a minus-one rating, and has averaged just 11:26 minutes per contest.
In his place, it looks like Erik Cole will draw back into the lineup. He skated alongside Chris Mueller and Valeri Nichushkin this morning, per Stars.nhl.com’s Mark Stepneski.
Based on the morning skate, Dallas is also projected to start Kari Lehtonen tonight. He allowed five goals on 21 shots in Game 5 before he was pulled.
That being said, Stars coach Lindy Ruff wasn’t willing to confirm that there would be any lineup changes.