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Saturday, December 3, 2011
Saturday morning skate update

By Mark Stepneski

DALLAS -- Jake Dowell will be in the lineup tonight for the Stars on the fourth line. Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said Dowell will give the team an extra center in the lineup in case there are any issues with Vernon Fiddler, who will play tonight but has been dealing with bumps and bruises.

"We have to protect ourselves a little bit. Fidds came out of the game a little bit with some soreness. We want to make sure we have another centermen in case Wandy (Tom Wandell) moves up and Dowell slides over," Gulutzan said. "Fidds had yesterday off and he's better, but we had an eight to ten minute stretch we didn't have him, so we want to make sure we have that position solidified."

With Dowell in, it would appear Krys Barch will be the scratch tonight.

Andrew Raycroft in goal tonight.

On the injury front, not a lot new. Gulutzan said that he expects Brenden Morrow (back), Trevor Daley (back) and Alex Goligoski (broken thumb) to return during the upcoming road trip.

"On the road trip we will have Goose, Daley and Morrow back at some point on the road," Gulutzan said. "Morrow and Daley are probables for Thursday (at San Jose). That will be good news for our club."