Dallas Stars: Radek Dvorak

FRISCO -- With nothing on the line in Saturday’s regular season finale against the St. Louis Blues, the Dallas Stars will take a look at some of their young players.

Center Scott Glennie, the team’s first round pick (8th overall) in 2009, will make his NHL debut. So will defenseman Brenden Dillon, a free agent signing out of the Western Hockey League last season. Glennie, Dillon and defenseman Jordie Benn were called up from the Texas Stars on Friday afternoon.

Both Glennie and Dillon played under Stars coach Glen Gulutzan at the end of last season in the AHL.

“I only had Glennie for a short period of time, but Scotty has made big strides in the American Hockey League,” Gulutzan said. “Whenever you get young guys like that who on two or three nights over a two or three week span that they are the best player on the ice, that’s an encouraging sign in that league. And when it’s happening more and more frequently, then it’s a real good thing and that’s what Scotty has done. Brenden has done that too. Anytime that happens at that level you know you have a player on the up.”

Glennie got off to a slow start this season after he suffered a concussion during Dallas’ training camp in Prince Edward Island. But he’s picked up the pace as the season has moved along and has 37 points (12 goals, 25 assists) in 68 games this season.

Dillon, who had impressive showing last season when he made the jump from junior to the AHL, has 26 points (5 goals, 21 assists) in 72 games.

“With Brenden you are going to see a big, good skating defenseman that can move the puck,” Gulutzan said. “With Glennie you are going to see skilled guy who can move and skate.”

Forward Reilly Smith, who was signed to an entry-level contract last month and made the jump to the NHL straight from college, will also be in the lineup for the Stars on Saturday. Smith has already played two games for the Stars, registering no points.

“Even though I played only four minutes (in the first game), I was soaking in every minute of it,” Smith said. “Just being in Edmonton with so much history around you, just being a small part of it was a great experience. Having my first NHL game there was absolutely phenomenal. We got the win and I was able to get my feet wet for the next game in Vancouver.”

Smith finished second in the nation in goal scoring, notching 30 in 39 games with Miami University this season.

“With Reilly you’re going to see a really skilled player coming out college that has the ability to score,” said Gulutzan. “It will be interesting to see those guys play with good players.”

The Stars will sit some veteran players who have been battling injuries, players Gulutzan said have been receiving injections to get through games and practices. Players who could sit out tomorrow include Steve Ott, Radek Dvorak, Steve Ott, Mike Ribeiro and Brenden Morrow. Mark Fistric, who is another player who has been battling injuries, hurt his groin in Thursday’s game and is out for Saturday.

“I talked to every injured player that played and they all want to play the last game, whether they have to take a needle or not to get through, to numb some of the issues there,” said Gulutzan. “They all want to play, but the reality is we don’t want to put them through that. We want to take a look at some of our young guys.”

Richard Bachman will get the start in goal for the Stars.

Hobey Baker winner announced

Dallas native and Dallas Stars prospect Austin Smith was one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, which goes to the top player in college hockey. The winner of this year’s award, announced Friday evening, is Jack Connolly from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Connolly finished second in the nation in scoring with 60 points (20, 40 assists) in 41 games. Smith led the nation in goal scoring with 36 in 39 games and finished 3rd in points with 57.
FRISCO, Texas -- Stars fans will get a little glimpse of the future in Saturday night's regular-season finale against the St. Louis Blues at American Airlines Center. Right wing Scott Glennie, the team's first-round pick (eighth overall) in 2009, will make his NHL debut.

So will defenseman Brenden Dillon, a free-agent pick out of the WHL last year. Both those players have spent the season with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League.

The 21-year-old Glennie has 12 goals and 25 assists in 68 games this season. Glennie got off to a slow start after suffering a concussion in training camp, but he's picked up 28 points (nine goals, 19 assists) over the past 43 games.

Dillon, who is also 21, is a big, mobile, two-way defenseman. He has 26 points (five goals, 21 assists) in 72 games this season.

Reilly Smith, the third-round pick (69th overall) from 2009, will be back in the lineup. Smith, who signed an entry-level contract with Dallas last month, has already appeared in two games with the Stars.

Richard Bachman will get the start in goal.

The Stars will sit some veterans who have been battling through injuries as the Stars battled to get into the playoffs.

"We've had guys taking injections here to get through a game. These same players can get through a practice without it. You won't see a couple of those guys tomorrow," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. "Most likely Steve Ott, depending on how he is tomorrow. Radek Dvorak, you guys all know. Guys that you probably didn't know would be [Stephane] Robidas and [Mike] Ribeiro that have been playing injured. Those guys and possibly Brenden [Morrow]. At the end the day, you don't want to give them the needle to play."

Mark Fistric, who injured his groin in Thursday night's game at Nashville, was also getting injections to play prior to last night's injury. He'll be out for Saturday's game.

Thursday update: Line juggling

April, 5, 2012
Stars coach Glen Gulutzan juggled his lines during Tuesday's loss to San Jose, and he'll roll out different lines for Thursday's game in Nashville.

Brenden Morrow will move to a line with Mike Ribeiro and Loui Eriksson. Michael Ryder will now play with Jamie Benn and Steve Ott.

"(Morrow) is feeling a lot better here lately, the last couple games," Gulutzan said. "We'll get a change and try to spread out some of the offense with Benny and Rydes there. We're going to play a real team game."

Right wing Radek Dvorak will be back in the lineup after missing the last five games with an ankle injury. He'll be back on a line with Eric Nystrom and Vernon Fiddler.

Kari Lehtonen is in goal for the Stars. Pekka Rinne is the likely starter in goal for the Predators.

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.

DALLAS -- Stars left wing Eric Nystrom, who has missed the last three game with a leg laceration, will return to the lineup for tonight's crucial game against the San Jose Sharks at American Airlines Center.

Nystrom was injured in the March 24 game against Calgary when he was cut by the skate of Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff.

Right wing Radek Dvorak, who has missed the last four games with an ankle injury, skated this morning and will be a game-time decision.

Defenseman Philip Larsen, who missed Monday's practice due to illness, skated this morning, but he is listed as a game-time decision as well.

Kari Lehtonen, of course is in net for the Stars.

Here's a projected Dallas lineup if both Dvorak and Larsen play.

Morrow-Dowell-Vincour or Garbutt



Nystrom should be ready for Tuesday

April, 2, 2012
FRISCO -- Dallas Stars forward Eric Nystrom, who has missed the last three games with a leg laceration, practiced today in Frisco and looks like he could be ready to return when the Stars play San Jose Tuesday night at American Airlines Center.

"Nystrom skated today, full skate, so it looks like he should be ready," said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan.

Stars forward Radek Dvorak, who has missed the last the last four games with a sore ankle, skated prior to today's practice. Gulutzan said the Stars will see how Dvorak is doing tomorrow.

Defenseman Philip Larsen did not practice today due to illness. Gulutzan said he should be fine for tomorrow's game.

The Stars also assigned defenseman Jordie Benn to the Texas Stars of the AHL.

Here's how the Stars lined up in practice today:




Stars will run with Kari Lehtonen

March, 29, 2012
The Dallas Stars will continue to ride Kari Lehtonen as they head into a big back-to-back set of games at Vancouver (Friday) and at San Jose (Saturday).

"We're going to run with Kari here," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. "There was a (discussion of using Richard Bachman because of back-to-backs), but Kari is feeling pretty good right now. ... He wants to play and we need at least three more wins, so we've got to find them anywhere we can."

It's not like Lehtonen has been overworked lately. Friday's game will be only his seventh straight start and his 10th in the last 12 games.

It doesn't look like Radek Dvorak (ankle), Eric Nystrom (leg) or Mark Fistric (abdominal strain) will be ready for Friday's game. Fistric, who has missed the last four games, has resumed skating.

Reilly Smith to make NHL debut tonight

March, 28, 2012
Reilly Smith, signed to an entry-level contract on Sunday, will make his NHL debut tonight when the Dallas Stars take on the Oilers in Edmonton. Smith is expected to start the game on the fourth line.

“I’m just trying to get my feet wet, try to bring as much energy as I can,” Smith said. “Try not to turn the puck over too much and get it deep. Just try to limit my speed and limit turnovers.”

When it was pointed out to Smith that he is a goal scorer, the 20-year-old winger had this to say.

“I am not going to pass up shots for sure,” Smith said. “If I get the opportunity I am going to use the assets I have. If that comes around that’s great, but first of all I want to make sure I am not a liability on defense.”

Smith is expected to open the game on a line with Ryan Garbutt and Tom Wandell.

“I think we just start him and see how he goes, let him get the jitters out and then let the game dictate how you use him and let his play dictate how you use him,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “We have no big visions of grandeur. We want to get him in, get him accustomed and see how he goes."

Radek Dvorak (ankle), Erik Nystrom (leg) and Mark Fistric (abdominal strain) are all out tonight. Dvorak and Nystrom are day-to-day and are doubtful for Friday. Fistric is not expected to play on the road trip.

Here’s the projected Dallas lineup for tonight.




Radek Dvorak out for Stars tonight

March, 26, 2012
Stars forward Radek Dvorak will miss tonight's game in Calgary with an ankle injury that forced him to miss three games earlier this month.

"What a warrior, 17 years in the league and getting shot up in the ankle to get through," said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. "He had a little aggravation from the last game, we sit him here and that’s four days, close to five, and maybe he can be ready for Edmonton. If not, we can go two more and a get a little more healthier player."

Tomas Vincour is expected to take Dvorak's place on a line with Eric Nystrom and Vernon Fiddler.

Ryan Garbutt, who has been a healthy scratch the last four games, is also expected to be in the lineup tonight as well.

Kari Lehtonen gets the start in goal.

Reilly Smith, signed yesterday to an entry-level contract, skated with the team but is still working on getting a work visa so that he can be eligible to play.

Here's the Stars projected lineup.




Souray, Dvorak in tonight vs. Coyotes

March, 20, 2012

DALLAS -- Defenseman Sheldon Souray and right wing Radek Dvorak will both be in tonight when the Dallas Stars take on the Phoenix Coyotes at American Airlines Center.

Dvorak has missed the last three games with an ankle injury and Souray has missed the last four with a charley horse.

"I am excited to come back in and be a part of what the guys are doing here and what we are trying to accomplish," Souray said. "It's always a lot more fun to step in the lineup when the games are so meaningful."

First place in the Pacific Division and the third seed in the Western Conference is at stake in tonight's game.

"It's a huge game," said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. "We're focusing on tonight and how we need to be tonight. It's a division rival, it's the last time we play them and it's our biggest game of the year."

Kari Lehtonen is in goal tonight for the Stars.

Here's what the Stars are expected to roll out for a lineup tonight.



DALLAS -- Dallas Stars defenseman Mark Fistric chuckled when it was mentioned to him that Tuesday’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes was the biggest of the season -- until the next game.

“Yeah, we’ve been saying that for the last 30 games,” Fistric said with a laugh. “But it’s huge. You look at the standings and where everyone is right now, it’s a huge game. Any way you look at it, it is game one of the playoffs for us.”

After a three day break, Tuesday’s game against the Coyotes kicks off the final ten games of the regular season that will determine if the Stars will make the playoffs.

“We are looking at these ten games like a playoff series,” said Stars captain Brenden Morrow. “We want to win game one.”

The Stars enter Tuesday’s game tied with the Coyotes at 83 points, but the Stars hold the Pacific Division lead because they have played one fewer game than Phoenix and have the better points percentage. A win and the Stars hold onto the division lead. A loss and the Stars are looking up at the Coyotes in the Pacific.

It's not just a battle for the division lead. It's a battle to keep from falling out of the top eight. Both teams are just one point up on ninth place in conference and a loss, especially a regulation loss, moves one of them closer to being out of a playoff spot.

“It’s so tight that one or two games and you can drop out that fast. We understand that and we know what we have to do,” said Stars forward Michael Ryder. “It’s just a matter of us going out there and playing the way we can, and not focus too much on other teams and what they do.”

The two teams have followed similar paths to where they are now - the Stars holding the third seed in the West and the Coyotes sitting in the seventh spot. Both were out of a playoff spot at the All-Star break, but both have put together impressive runs after the break. Phoenix went 11-0-1 at one point, and the Stars were on a 10-0-1 run until losses to Winnipeg (Wednesday) and Chicago (Friday).

“We went on that run and were still not that far ahead. That’s just the way it is. You can’t afford to lose too many in a row,” said Ryder. “With ten games left we’ve got to give it all we can.”

This will be the sixth and final meeting between the two teams this season. The Stars are 2-2-1 in the series, and the Coyotes are 3-0-2, including victories in the last three games.

“It’s going to be a tough game against Phoenix. Both teams are fighting for their lives,” said Morrow. “It’s going to be the first team that blinks that is going to lose the game. We’ve got to play a full 60 minutes.”

And Fistric said it’s going to the Stars playing their game for 60 minutes to secure points against the well-disciplined, defensive-minded Coyotes.

“We’ve got to go in with the mentality to play our game and don’t shy away from it,” said Fistric. “That’s how Phoenix beats teams. They play consistently and force teams to shy away from their game. I think our plan has to be play Stars hockey, and play for a full 60 minutes.”

Notes: Souray, Dvorak probable for Tuesday

Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray (charley horse) and right wing Radek Dvorak (ankle) both practiced Monday and both are probable for Tuesday’s game against Phoenix. Souray has missed the last four games and Dvorak has missed the last three.

Souray, Dvorak probable for Tuesday

March, 19, 2012
DALLAS -- Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray and right wing Radek Dvorak are listed as probable for Tuesday's game against Phoenix at American Airlines Center.

Souray has missed the last four games with a charley horse. Dvorak has missed three games with an ankle injury.

"They're both probable, I would say for tomorrow," said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. "They're still a little banged up, but it's nothing that is going to get worse now with playing."

If both Souray and Dvorak are in then they would play in the their usual spots. Souray would be paired with Stephane Robidas on defense and Dvorak would be back on the right wing with left wing Eric Nystrom and Vernon Fiddler. Neither player practiced in those spots Monday.

Here's how Monday's practice lineup looked:


Souray-Jordie Benn

EULESS -- The Dallas Stars held Sunday morning's practice before a pretty good crowd at the Dr. Pepper StarCenter in Euless.

"Today was a completely non-thinking day. It was about the body, it was about shooting the puck, maintenance and getting a sweat on," said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. "And it was about making sure that tomorrow we are ready for a good solid practice."

There was also some competitive stuff, which was entertaining for fans.

"We've come to Euless, which is great, to see all the fans," Gulutzan said. "You've got to keep it short, keep it fun and tomorrow is our day where we dig in and get refocused for Tuesday."

Defenseman Sheldon Souray (charley horse) practiced today. Right wing Radek Dvorak (ankle) didn't skate.

"We'll see with Sheldon on Tuesday. We're not committing to anything," said Gulutzan. "Devo didn't skate today, but we'll see on Tuesday. He's made some good strides."

The Stars must be setting a franchise record for breaking glass during practices this season. It happened again on Sunday. I believe it was Trevor Daley doing the honors this time around.

Philip Larsen a game-time decision

March, 16, 2012
DALLAS -- Dallas Stars defenseman Philip Larsen, who banged his knee into the endboards in Wednesday's 5-2 loss at Winnipeg, is a game-time decision for tonight's game against Chicago at American Airlines Center.

Larsen skated this morning, but if he can't play, then the Stars will insert Jordie Benn into the lineup.

"Jordie Benn is more than capable to go in if we need him," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said.

Sheldon Souray (charley horse) and Radek Dvorak (ankle) both skated with the team this morning. Neither player will go tonight, but both players should be ready Tuesday.

Kari Lehtonen will start in goal for the Stars tonight. Gulutzan indicated that Lehtonen will play all four games of the homestand.

Corey Crawford gets the nod in net for the Blackhawks.
Stars defenseman Philip Larsen is day-to-day after suffering a lower body injury in Wednesday’s 5-2 loss at Winnipeg.

Larsen went feet first into the end boards as he was defending Jets forward Blake Wheeler, who was skating behind the Dallas net. Larsen was down on the ice for a while and then was helped to the locker room. He returned late in the second period, took one shift but didn’t return for the third period.

“I don’t think Larsen will be too bad,” Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. “We’ll see. He’ll be a day-to-day.”

Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray missed his third straight game with a lower body injury Wednesday night. Radek Dvorak missed his second straight game with an ankle injury. Both players are out for Friday’s game against Chicago, according to Gulutzan.

“They won’t be game players for Friday,” Gulutzan said.

Stars captain Brenden Morrow, who was dinged up late in the game when was hit in front of the Winnipeg net, was fine, according to Gulutzan.