Defenseman John Klingberg in Stars’ lineup for Dallas’ season opener vs. Predators

Stars defender John Klingberg will be on the line-up on Friday night when Dallas opens the regular season against Nashville.

Klingberg missed training on Thursday, but was on the ice for morning skate on Friday in his usual place in the top pairing with Esa Lindell.

Striker Blake Comeau will miss the game against the Predators and has not trained with the stars since Saturday. Comeau’s absence leaves a hole in the control line with Andrew Cogliano and Radek Faksa occupied by rookie Ty Dellandrea.

Dellandrea, the team’s first pick for the 2018 first round, is typically a two-way right-handed but can also play on the wing. This is an additional and necessary versatility as the stars are already in the middle. Even if Tyler Seguin fails, the stars have Roope Hintz, Joe Pavelski, Faksa and Jason Dickinson in the middle.

Masked: Like every coach in the NHL, Stars coach Rick Bowness has to wear a mask behind the bench during games this season. When the league staged their playoffs in the bubble last year, coaches didn’t have to wear a mask.

“It will be interesting to see how that goes,” said Bowness. “As you know, I am a speaker behind the bank. I train a lot while the game is on. The line change, that’s what I’m worried about. Will you hear me This will be interesting. “

Bowness said he had to “get very close to the guys who stand up and scream as loudly as possible” for the line to change. Trainers also had to wear masks on the ice during training.

Known Opponent: Nashville and Dallas have a habit of meeting each other in notable games over the past several years.

The two teams met in the first round of the playoffs in 2019, when the Stars eliminated division champions Predators in six games. The Predators attended the Cotton Bowl last January for the Winter Classic, a memorable comeback win for the stars in front of more than 85,000 spectators.

Prior to last year’s break in the season caused by the coronavirus, Nashville handed the Stars two consecutive shutout losses. The two teams met in an exhibition game in the Edmonton Bubble prior to the postseason.

Now the Stars and Predators met at the season opener in Dallas when the Stars hoisted a banner for their Western Conference championship.

“You felt that rivalry last year when we played it, from last year’s playoffs, and the outdoor game is contributing to that,” said Bowness. “It’s all division games, which also makes it bigger. We know them very well, they play very hard. “

– The Stars are the last team in the NHL to start the season. That delay was caused by 17 positive COVID-19 test results who canceled four training days and postponed the first four games of the season in Dallas.

At that point, Bowness said, the stars and their captain are ready to face another team.

“That’s what Jamie Benn said yesterday,” said Bowness. “I said ‘James, are we ready to go?’ He said, “Yes, I have to hit someone.”

Expected star line-up against Nashville at 7:30 p.m.

Jamie Benn – Roope Hintz – Denis Gurianov

Joel Kiviranta – Joe Pavelski – Alexander Radulov

Andrew Cogliano – Radek Faksa – Blake Comeau

Jason Robertson – Jason Dickinson – Nick Caamano

Esa Lindell – John Klingberg

Jamie Oleksiak – Miro Heiskanen

Andrei Sekera – Mark Pysyk

Anton Khudobin

Jake Oettinger

Scratches: Justin Dowling, Taylor Fedun, Joel Hanley.

Taxi squad: Rhett Gardner, Joel L’Esperance, Tanner Kero, Thomas Harley, Julius Honka and Landon Bow.

Non-Roster: Blake Comeau (not disclosed).

Injured / Non-Squad: Stephen Johns (head injuries), Tyler Seguin (hip surgery), Ben Bishop (knee surgery).

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