Goligoski, Daley set to return; Morrow likely

December, 7, 2011
12/07/11
1:42
PM CT
FRISCO -- The Dallas Stars will be getting some key players back as they kick off a key five-game road trip in San Jose Thursday. Defensemen Alex Goligoski (broken thumb) and Trevor Daley (back) are in for Thursday's game and captain Brenden Morrow is likely to return.

"We'll definitely have two defensemen back in Goligoski and Daley," said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. "Brenden is 90 percent ready and we'll see. If we waited until Saturday, he'd be 100 percent. He's real close. I would expect he's a game player for Thursday."

With Goligoski and Daley back in and Mark Fistric out due to the three-game suspension, Gulutzan said he will pair Goligoski with Philip Larsen for Thursday's game. Daley skated with Nicklas Grossman in practice and Sheldon Souray and Stephane Robidas skated together.

Once Fistric returns, and assuming no other injuries, the Stars will have eight healthy defensmen. A decision will have to be made then. Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk said they'll deal with that next week.

Gulutzan said backup Richard Bachman will get a start during the road trip, but he's not sure when.

Here was the practice lineup Wednesday.

Eriksson-Benn-Ryder
Morrow-Ribeiro-Ott
Nystrom-Fiddler-Dvorak
Dowell-Wandell-Vincour/Petersen

Souray-Robidas
Grossman-Daley
Goligoski-Larsen
Fistric-Pardy

Raycroft
Bachman

Mark Stepneski

ESPNDallas.com
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.

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