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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Jamie Benn to return Wednesday

By Mark Stepneski

FRISCO -- Stars center Jamie Benn, who has missed the last six games with a leg injury, will return to the lineup Wednesday when the Dallas Stars host the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Benn went through a full practice on Tuesday, and said he was ready to go.

"It went well. I felt good out there. It was good to get back out there with the guys, skate around, have some fun and do some high-paced drills," Benn said. "I feel ready to go."

Benn was cut on the left thigh by the skate of Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano on February 16.

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan doesn't expect Benn to play 20 minutes in his first game back, but said getting him back will be a huge boost for the Stars as they battle to make the playoffs.

"You need your guys back," Gulutzan said. "Benny has been a huge player for us all season and we've managed without him and now he has to come back in and it's going to give us a big boost for sure. Whenever you get a chance to get arguably your best player back, you welcome it with open arms."

Benn centered a line with Steve Ott and Adam Burish in Monday's practice.

Here's how the forward lines looked.

Eriksson-Ribeiro-Ryder
Ott-Benn-Burish
Nystrom-Fiddler-Dvorak
Garbutt-Wandell-Vincour

Kari Lehtonen will start in goal Wednesday.