We’ve written quite a bit lately about Dallas’ woeful defense lately — allowing 3.47 goals per game, second-most in the NHL — and the numerous attempts to try and fix it.
Tonight, they could try something new.
Jordie Benn appears primed to be a healthy scratch versus the Coyotes, based on this morning’s skate, which would be the first time this season he’s been held out of the lineup.
The older brother of Stars captain Jamie Benn, Jordie has struggled throughout this season and has been especially poor over the last three games, posting a minus-5 rating while watching his ice time diminish — he played just 15:23 in Tuesday’s 6-4 home loss to Carolina, his lowest total of the season.
In Benn’s place, it looks like recently-recalled Jyrki Jokipakka will get into the lineup for just the fourth time this season:
Stars D-pairs this morning: Goligoski-Daley Dillon-Klingberg Jokipakka-Oleksiak
— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) November 20, 2014
This change comes on the heels of a pair of blueline-related moves: Sergei Gonchar being traded to Montreal in exchange for forward Travis Moen, and Kevin Connauton being lost on waivers to Columbus.
Update: Looks as though Benn will indeed sit tonight…
Jyrki Jokipakka & Patrick Eaves expected to be in, Jordie Benn & Curtis McKenzie to be out of tonight’s lineup. READ:http://t.co/1I9wF3gvuD
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) November 20, 2014