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Dallas Stars Morning Skate Update: Justin Dowling Draws Into Lineup In Hometown

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Jamie Oleksiak also draws into the lineup.

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Some newsworthy items came out of morning skate in Calgary.

Head coach Lindy Ruff made a few changes up front. Justin Dowling, an Albertan native, will play in front of his hometown tonight when the Stars take on the Calgary Flames.

Lines, such as they were, looked as follows. I wouldn’t put too much stock into these as Ruff is likely to hit the pulse button on his line blender from puck drop today in an effort to spark some improved play by his team.

Jamie Benn - Radek Faksa - Lauri Korpikoski
Antoine Roussel - Tyler Seguin - Patrick Eaves
Curtis McKenzie - Devin Shore - Brett Ritchie
Gemel Smith - Justin Dowling - Adam Cracknell

On defense, Esa Lindell (who had possibly his worst game in the loss versus Winnipeg two nights ago) and Patrik Nemeth will draw out and Jaime Oleksiak will draw in for the first time since October 20th.

Dan Hamhuis - John Klingberg
Johnny Oduya - Stephen Johns
Jamie Oleskiak - Jordie Benn

Kari Lehtonen gets the start in net.

Injury Updates

Some positives for a change!

News out of morning skate courtesy of Mike Heika indicates that Patrick Sharp may be ready to return to the lineup on Sunday versus the Vancouver Canucks. Jason Spezza, while out for tonight, is listed as day-to-day.

Maybe the Stars will get lucky and get two key pieces of offense back on this road swing.

Fun With Charts!

I like this chart.

Joel Ward Did It Better

Because let’s be honest, getting stuck in a bathroom stall is WAY funnier than being stuck in an elevator.