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Monday practice update

10/25/2010

After taking Sunday off the Stars were back on the ice for a practice session in Frisco Monday morning.

The Stars spent some time working on the power play. It's 0-14 over the last over the last four games and just 2-25 (8 percent) for the season. Stars coach Marc Crawford liked the chances the power play generated in Saturday's 1-0 loss to Nashville and thinks it's a matter of time before the Stars break through with the man-advantage.

"You look to try to execute well and have good process," Crawford said. "We had good process on our power play the last game and developed a few scoring chances because of it. I thought we were dangerous. That's usually how it it happens, you get dangerous again and your production comes."

As for goaltending, Crawford said he'll probably go with Kari Lehtonen on Tuesday. It would be Lehtonen's eighth start in eight games for the Stars.

"We're playing the hot goalie," Crawford said. "You look at Anaheim, they are in their tenth game and we're only in our eighth. With the speed of the schedule and the complexity of the schedule in front of us, there is going to be lots of opportunity for [Andrew Raycroft] to contribute. But right now we've got the combination of Kari playing so well and our schedule not being taxing."

The Stars play Anaheim Tuesday. It will be their first game against a Pacific Division team this season. Seven of their next ten games are against Pacific Division foes.

"We play these guys six times. You have more opportunity to put distance between people in your own division," Crawford said.

Tuesday's game against the Ducks at the AAC will be an 8 p.m. start. It's a half-hour later than normal due to Versus getting a two-hour exclusive window on their Tuesday game that starts at 6 p.m. Central Time.

Gary Roberts, recently hired by the Stars as a player development consultant, was in Frisco today taking a tour with GM Joe Nieuwendyk. He'll be staying in town until Friday.

Krys Barch took a puck off the hand in Saturday's game, has received treatments, responded well and went through a full practice today.

Here was the practice lineup for Monday.

Neal-Richards-Eriksson

Morrow-Ribeiro-Burish

Ott-Wandell-Benn

Petersen-Sutherby-Barch/Segal

Grossman-Robidas

Skrastins-Niskanen

Fistric/Woywitka-Daley

Lehtonen

Raycroft