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Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Wednesday practice update

By Mark Stepneski

Here are a few notes from Wednesday's Dallas Stars practice in Frisco.

Kari Lehtonen will get the start in goal Thursday against the Calgary Flames at American Airlines Center.

"He's feeling great, and he'll play tomorrow," Stars coach Marc Crawford said. "We've got the one game left before we get a couple days off, so our guys are pretty excited about it. We know it will be a tough test. Calgary would like nothing better than to come in here and get a win before Christmas, and we want to keep it going."

Crawford said the Stars are healthy as they head into Thursday's game, but a few players were not on the ice Wednesday.

Defensemen Stephane Robidas and Karlis Skrastins had maintenance days.

Toby Petersen was held out of practice. Petersen, who is diabetic, had an issue with his blood sugar levels that the team wanted to monitor.

"We kept him off as a precaution, but he is fine," Crawford said. "Everything looks great right now."

And finally, this little tidbit from Graham Clark of the Stars PR department:
The Dallas Stars have held the Pacific Division lead for 25 days (since Nov. 27) the longest they have controlled the division since the 2007-08 season when they lead it for 38 days from Feb. 1 to Mar. 11. San Jose overtook the Stars after winning their 10th straight game Mar. 11, 2008.