Stephane Robidas Out Friday, Kari Lehtonen Practices

The Stars' skated in Frisco this afternoon following last night's 4-1 loss to the Flyers and there have been a few newsy items to come out of that session that should be mentioned in this space.

One is that Stephane Robidas will not play Friday against the Nashville Predators, meaning that Adam Pardy will remain in the lineup unless Philip Larsen can be ready to come back in. Robidas took a shot in the foot on Tuesday and has reacted poorly to that. They hope he'll be ready for the St. Louis game on the day after Christmas.

Larsen has been sidelined with what they're calling a "charlie corse" but skated yesterday a little and practiced today, so he could conceivably come back on Friday and help give the Stars more mobility on the back end.

Gulutzan said he thought Pardy was fine in the second and third periods last night, settling in after some "bobbles" in the first, to use his word.

Kari Lehtonen practiced and took shots. "He's right on track," said Gulutzan. "He'll be a game player right after Christmas at some point and before the new year, somewhere in that six day block.

Lehtonen added that the 26th would be too soon, so we'll perhaps look for him on Thursday night at home against Columbus. Gulutzan has not decided who will start against the Preds. Last night he said he didn't think any of the goals were Bachman's fault and that "he made the saves he needed to make."

One other note of interest comes from Mike Heika's twitter feed:

Talked to Joe Nieuwendyk. He has let league know about his concerns with officiating from last night. He will leave it at that. [@mikeheika - Twitter]

Obviously the officiating was a subject of conversation last night in the arena and Gulutzan and Steve Ott weighed in somewhat testily, as you've no doubt seen by now. The oft-stated plan of executing a patient defensive game means they won't have the puck for significant stretches, and as long as that continues then a team tends to put themselves in position to have calls go against them...the legit ones and the bad ones. Whatever the reason, it's a "pesky" issue that just won't seem to go away right now.

The Stars have video of Gulutzan addressing media today after practice.

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