The Dallas Stars are about to take one big step forward on the injury front, but they also took two little steps back.
Coach Glen Gulutzan addressed the myriad of dings and dents on the Stars at Sunday's practice, starting with the best news - the improved health of Adam Burish.
Burish has missed the last 14 games after breaking his hand on a friendly-fire shot, and he feels like he's ready to play in tonight's game against the Anaheim Ducks.
"I wouldn't feel confident right now to comment [on his status], " said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. "Bur looked pretty good in my mind out there, but we've got to see where he's at. I don't know that yet. I just know that he was a practice player and he looked pretty good today. You know Bur, he'll be hounding everybody here. We're going to have the same protocol as we've had with all of our players, we're not putting them in there until they are game ready and they can help us."
The bad news came in the form of news about Tomas Vincour and Philip Larsen. Vincour, who was injured in the game against the New York Islanders, will miss at least 1-2 weeks with an MCL sprain. Larsen, who was hurt against the New Jersey Devils, is day-to-day and will miss tonight's game with a quad contusion.
After the jump, an update on the health of Kari Lehtonen and when we might see the big Finn back on the ice, more on tonight's game against the Ducks and the best way to try and start a hockey fight.
- The last time the Stars came home from an extended road trip, it resulted in a nasty 6-0 loss to the Florida Panthers. So Gulutzan is going to try some new strategies this time around. [DallasNews.com]
- The other big question on the injury front of the health of goalie Kari Lehtonen, who has progressed to working out with goalie coach Mike Valley but still thinks his ETA for a game is after Christmas. [ESPN Dallas]
- The other big news from practice was that Richard Bachman will make his fifth consecutive start. Oh, to be in the head of Andrew Raycroft right now. [DallasNews.com]
- Quick! Spot the revisionist history in this story about the return of Nino Niederreiter after his head met the ice after he met Mark Fistric. [Newsday]
- A couple updates on former Stars for you. First, this nice profile on Kirk Muller, who hasn't had a lot of success as Carolina Hurricanes head coach just yet. [News and Observer]
- And here's how Marty Turco fared playing in an Austrian tournament on a short-term contract. [ESPN Dallas]
- Meet the enemy, part the first: Virtually all of the Ducks news out there Sunday was about the afterglow of Teemu Selanne returning to Winnipeg, even if it wasn't the same Winnipeg Jets franchise where he made his NHL debut. [The Globe and Mail]
- Meet the enemy, part the second: So this doesn't have much to do with the Ducks proper, but it's too fun a story to pass up. Former NBA player Kris Humphries has been offered a job with the Syracuse Crunch, the Ducks' AHL affiliate. [Fox Sports West]
- Around the Pacific Division: The Los Angeles Kings are not a happy bunch right now. No, not a happy bunch at all. [Los Angeles Times]
- I know whenever I need advice about hockey, the first person I think about is Raffi. [Puck Daddy]
- Still no new videos from the Stars (I'd call them slackers, but since I'm taking some time off this week for the holidays, that would be hypocritical of me). So instead, I present to you the manliest way to attempt to start a fight. Read all about it here, then watch.