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Tuesday, 12.02.2003 / 12:00 AM / News
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Stars getting Younger by the Day


December 2, 2003

By J. Douglas Foster

They say adversity makes you stronger.

Right now it's making the Stars younger.

For the second time in as many days, the Stars were forced to put a veteran on the injured reserve list Tuesday, at the same time calling up a youngster who has never played an NHL game to vill that roster void.

On Monday, it was Philippe Boucher headed to IR after surgery to repair his fractured orbital bone on Saturday. His replacement, young defenseman Jeff MacMillan made it to town Tuesday morning. At the same time, the Stars were placing center Pierre Turgeon on injured reserve retroactive to last Friday with a hip strain, which he suffered during a 2-0 victory against New Jersey.

In his absence, the Stars recalled Gavin Morgan, who was on loan to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League from the Stars.

Morgan, who signed as a free agent with the Stars back in 2001, has played in 23 games with Hershey this season, posting five goals and five assists for 10 points with 65 penalty minutes. Among team leaders, he is first in penalty minutes and is tied for first in power play goals (2). The 5-11, 190-pound center has played the past three seasons with the Utah Grizzlies (AHL). He had his best offensive season with Utah in 2002-03, recording 15 goals and 24 assists for 39 points with 244 penalty minutes in 73 games.

He's known as a feisty player, despite his relative lack of size (5-foot-11, 191 pounds).

"He's a fourth-line center who plays with a ton of grit," Stars head coach Dave Tippett said. "Lots of grit and energy."

Turgeon, who missed Sunday's 2-1 loss to Los Angeles with the hip strain, could return as soon as the weekend since the Stars were able to make his injured reserve status retroactive to last Friday. Tippett said he could possibly skate with his teammates during Wednesday's practice in Dallas before the team flies to Los Angeles.

There was more injury news Tuesday as Jason Arnott missed practice with a slight groin pull. Tippett said he is day-to-day, and that he would be questionable for Thursday's game at Staples Center.

The good news, however, was the Mike Modano skated after receiving a nose laceration and an abrasion on the eye Sunday after taking a high stick to the face. Modano said he will play Thursday, and that after one night of blurred vision, the clear sight returned to his eye.

That's great news for the Stars as they prepare for a four-game road trip, all against divisional foes.

"Any way you want to cut it," Tippett said, "it's a critical week for us."

 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 62 40 18 4 192 153 84
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 62 23 37 -1 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 62 15 37 -3 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 59 16 16 -9 32
J. Klingberg 48 10 22 2 32
C. Eakin 59 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 56 9 17 -7 26
A. Goligoski 62 2 24 2 26
A. Roussel 60 12 11 -11 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 24 2 .900 3.31
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