Posted on April 20, 2008 04:42 PM | Permalink
Joel Lundqvist's fiancée Amber went to the hospital today to deliver the couple's first child, meaning Lundqvist missed the morning skate and could miss Game 6.
That would be a key loss for the Stars, as Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said one of the reasons he switched up his lines in Game 5 (spreading out the checkers) was to deal with the line of Lundqvist-Brad Richards-Loui Eriksson.
If Lundqvist can't play, the logical replacement would be moving Niklas Hagman up from the fourth line to the left wing with Richards and probably bringing Brandon Crombeen back into the lineup. Hagman had a career-best 27
goals this season, and had some impressive moments with Richards. However, he was moved to the fourth line in the playoffs when Lundqvist and Eriksson began exhibiting outstanding chemistry.
The Stars seems to be fine healthwise. Stephane Robidas was wearing a college-style cage after breaking his nose in Game 5. He said it was the fourth or fifth time the nose has been broken. He broke it the first time when he was 17.
"It's not so bad,"' Robidas said of the latest break. "It's not like it was a pretty nose before.''
Stars coach Dave Tippett said Robidas is the "epitome of what a hockey player should be.''
Anaheim right wing Rob Niedermayer (concussion) made the trip to Dallas after missing Games 3, 4 and 5. However, he got dizzy while riding the stationary bike Sunday morning and will not play in Game 6.
Niedermayer has had two official concussions in his career. He missed 26 games while with Florida in 1997-98 and then missed six with the Ducks in January of 2006.
"This one isn't as bad,'' he said. "If things keep going the way they are, I'll be good pretty quick.''
If the Ducks can win Sunday and force a Game 7 Tuesday in Anaheim, Niedermayer said he hopes he will be ready.
Caryle continues to shift lines and defence pairs. He put Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger together in Games 3 and 4 and got a split on the road. He went back to his normal pairs (Niedermayer-Beauchemin, O'Donnell-Pronger,
Huskins-Schneider) in Game 5 and took a win at home.
It will be interesting to see how he reacts on the road when he has to put his players out first.