Notes: Stephane Robidas closer to return

January, 3, 2012
1/03/12
12:04
PM CT
DALLAS -- Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas skated for the second consecutive day and said his foot, injured when he was hit by a puck in practice on Dec. 20, feels better.

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said Robidas was a "possibility" for Thursday in Nashville.

"But we'd rather not play a guy that's 80 or 85 percent, but more like 95 percent," Gulutzan said. "[Robidas] will be one of those guys that's tough to keep out off the ice if he's ready."

Tonight's game with Detroit will be the sixth that Robidas has missed. He said that he can't run and even walking is a bit painful, but with his foot firmly in a skate, he feels OK.

The 34-year-old Robidas admits that he probably needs to look at managing his practice time better. He's a hard worker who practices nearly as hard as he plays. But Gulutzan and general manager Joe Nieuwendyk have talked to him about taking more optional practices off and maybe working out instead of spending so much time on the ice. That might help him a little bit with wear and tear on his body.

"I don't want to face the fact that I'm getting older," Robidas said. "But I am."

Other notes:

* Kari Lehtonen is, of course, in nets tonight. Gulutzan believes he's getting his rhythm as the club plays every second night.

* Brenden Dillon and Jake Dowell are the expected healthy scratches tonight. Toby Petersen is in the lineup (Gulutzan wanted a little more speed and veteran savvy on the ice over someone more physical).

* Jordie and Jamie Benn should be on the ice as teammates tonight. That will make them the sixth brother pair in franchise history to play in the same game as teammates. Derian and Kevin Hatcher were the last to do it.

* A reminder: Tonight's game starts at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus).
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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