No New Word on Injured Kari Lehtonen, Trevor Daley as Dallas Stars Practice in McKinney

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The Stars are still awaiting word on their recently-injured players as they get two full days of practice in the lockout-compressed season.

No news is good news on the injury front. At least, that's what Dallas Stars fans are hoping after Tuesday's practice.

The team headed up to the Dr Pepper StarCenter in McKinney this morning for the rare chance at a practice during this lockout-compressed schedule, but there was no new information on the two players the Stars lost over the past two games.

Neither Trevor Daley (upper body) nor Kari Lehtonen (lower body) skated with the rest of their teammates, who were also missing Michael Ryder (illness) and Derek Roy (maintenance day).

Here's what Stars coach Glen Gulutzan had to say about Lehtonen and Daley via Mark Stepneski, who made the journey up north to catch the team at its workout.

"I know he is still day-to-day and is at the other rink working out," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said about Lehtonen. "I saw Dales this morning, and he went back over for treatment. I am not sure where he is at, we might not have an update on him until tomorrow.

The Stars were only carrying 13 forwards after the roster moves on Monday, so two not practicing meant a lot of line juggling just to make things work with the 11 that were at practice. Matt Fraser, one of the Monday call ups, skated with Reilly Smith and Loui Eriksson, but since that line lacks anything resembling a center, it's pretty certain they won't stay together (unless Eriksson has some skills he's been hiding from the rest of the world).

The Brenden Morrow, Jamie Benn, Jaromir Jagr trio did stay together, which makes sense with the chemistry those three have shown.

As far as whether Fraser will play, the Stars coach hedged a little bit. Gulutzan said he had earned his shot to jump to the NHL with his recent performance in the AHL but added: "Whether we get him in or not, we’ll make those decisions when they come."

The defensive lineup made a little more sense, with Stepneski reporting these as the pairings:




Brenden Dillon and Stephane Robidas have been terrific together since joining forces, and the shuffling also breaks up the struggling pair of Philip Larsen and Alex Goligoski. Now, who knows whether this sticks at this point, especially considering the uncertain status of Daley. But it's an interesting flip nonetheless.

The Stars get another day of practice tomorrow (two whole days in a row? What is this, training camp?) before playing host to the revenge-minded Vancouver Canucks on Thursday at the American Airlines Center.

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