The Dallas Stars sent Maxime Fortunus back to the Texas Stars just before Christmas, giving hope that perhaps Sergei Gonchar (concussion-like symptoms) was on the mend a bit quicker that originally thought.
Again, the order of the lines, outside of the first, should not be of note, concern or deserving of comment. The Stars have a first line, and three...others.
We've been light on information all week due to the CBA mandated holiday, but here's a bit of cheer for Stars faithful this morning:
Trevor Daley skating in a track suit this morning.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) December 27, 2013
Skating and enduring the full rigors the game demands of one are two different things. Daley is surely still weeks away from returning, possibly stretching through the Olympic break, but this is a nice sign and a reminder that help is on the way. Eventually.
Kari Lehtonen was the first goaltender off the ice this morning, usually indicating that he will start, but Lindy Ruff has fooled media before at home this season, so in the interest of paranoia and hedging we'll say that Dan Ellis probably won't be in net tonight.
It's expected Nashville will go with Carter Hutton in goal.
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