Dallas Stars: practice update

Wednesday practice update

April, 4, 2012

FRISCO, Texas -- Despite Tuesday night's loss to the San Jose Sharks that put them in a deep hole in the playoff race, the Dallas Stars are still alive.

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan didn't address the team after last night's loss, but he talked to them this morning.

"We all know the situation. We've got to win two games to give ourselves a chance, and we need a little help," Gulutzan said. "If we take care of ourselves here, I think, it is going to come down to the last day and we are going to put somebody in a must-win situation. That's how we see it playing out. We're not going to focus too much of what somebody else has to do; we have to win, and that's pick up four points in the next two games."

The Stars will need Los Angeles, San Jose or Phoenix to falter over their final two games. Los Angeles and San Jose play a home-and-home series against each other to close out the season. Phoenix plays on the road against St. Louis and Minnesota.

The Stars held an optional skate in Frisco this morning, and among the eleven players on the ice was forward Radek Dvorak, who missed the past five games with an ankle injury.

Dvorak is questionable for Thursday's game at Nashville.

"We'll see how he skates today and then go from there," Gulutzan said.

Gulutzan said there were no other injuries to report as the Stars prepared to fly off to Nashville to take on the Predators.

Thursday practice update

January, 19, 2012
FRISCO -- Here are a few notes from Thursday's Dallas Stars practice in Frisco.

Defenseman Philip Larsen (concussion) went through a full practice today. He hasn't been cleared to play yet, but that could come after today's practice. If he does get cleared he'd be available for tomorrow's game against Tampa Bay, but the Stars may use him Saturday in Minnesota to get some fresh legs into the lineup.

“I’d probably look at Saturday more than Friday,” Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said.

Defenseman Stephane Robidas and Sheldon Souray did not practice today. Both are dealing with foot issues, but are expected to play Friday.

“Maintenance days for both those guys and I’m sure they should be game players for tomorrow,” Gulutzan said. “It’s a foot for Sheldon, he took a shot off his foot. With Robi, it’s his foot as well. He had an MRI and he does have a hairline fracture in there that he’s obviously going to play with, but it’s not healed. He is going to be able to play with it.”

Gulutzan said he is leaning towards starting Kari Lehtonen in goal Friday and then will read and react as far as Saturday's game in Minnesota.

“Most likely Kari (Lehtonen) will get the game tomorrow and then we’ll evaluate after the game what we are going to do," Gulutzan said.

Forward lines looked the same as the last game. Here's how Thursday's practice lineup looked: