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Friday, March 23, 2012
Friday notes: Jack Campbell expected to make pro debut

By Mark Stepneski

FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Stars held a short, fast-paced practice this afternoon as they prepare for Saturday afternoon's game against the Calgary Flames at American Airlines Center.

The the Stars have been holding optional skates during off days recently to conserve energy, but today was not a full optional. Just about everybody was out there.

"No morning skate tomorrow. Most of these guys like to skate 24 hours before. They don't like to go too long without skating," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said.

Mike Ribeiro, Stephane Robidas and Steve Ott were among the guys off the ice for maintenance days.

"Lot of minutes. Couple of other guys decided they'd rather skate." Gulutzan said. "A few guys had maintenance days, but they needed it."

Kari Lehtonen, who did skate today, will get the start in goal tomorrow against the Flames.

Jack Campbell expect to make pro debut tonight

Stars goaltending prospect Jack Campbell is expected to make his professional debut tonight for the Texas Stars, who play at Oklahoma City. Campbell, Dallas' first round pick (11th overall) in 2010, was assigned to Texas of the American Hockey League earlier this week.

Forward Austin Smith (fifth round/2007) also is expected to make his pro debut with Texas tonight. Smith, the Dallas native who just wrapped up his college career, led the nation in goal scoring at Colgate and is among the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, which goes to the top player in college hockey.