Healthy forwards have been a scarce commodity in Dallas so far this season. But it looks as though the team is one step closer to having their full complement of forwards back on the ice.
The Dallas Stars announced that they have assigned forward Gemel Smith to the Texas Stars of the AHL.
This means that Patrick Sharp is most likely playing against the Edmonton Oilers tomorrow night at the American Airlines Center. The move leaves Dallas with 13 forwards on the roster and 7 defenseman, which means they have a roster spot open. Since they’re in the midst of a homestand, the Stars can easily call someone up to fill that roster space if they need to easily, but could wait to make that move prior to their five game road trip at the end of the month.
With Sharp healthy and drawing into the lineup, the Stars will have added three healthy forwards to their lineup within the last week. It’s a nice respite for a squad that has been fighting a war of attrition since before the regular season even began.
Lines from practice as reported by Mark Stepneski looked as follows:
Jamie Benn - Tyler Seguin - Patrick Sharp
Antoine Roussel - Radek Faksa - Lauri Korpikoski
Devin Shore - Cody Eakin - Jason Spezza
Curtis McKenzie - Adam Cracknell - Brett Ritchie
I wouldn’t put too much stock into these lines, since Patrick Eaves did not practice again today. He’s still nursing a lower body injury and hasn’t been practicing for a while now, but that sure hasn’t slowed him down. Eaves is on a four game goal streak after scoring against the Colorado Avalanche last night.
With his goal last night, Eaves now leads the Stars in goal scoring, so he’s likely to draw into the lineup somewhere, which will change these lines up.
Regardless of what the lines for tomorrow night’s game might look like, it’s a breath of fresh air to even contemplate who might draw out of the lineup and to see the top offensive talent coming back for the Dallas Stars.
The cavalry has arrived, y’all.