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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."

 

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 78 47 22 9 224 193 103
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 77 45 27 5 224 208 95
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 77 39 26 12 217 204 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 77 28 46 -6 74
T. Seguin 67 35 35 -4 70
J. Spezza 77 17 42 -3 59
J. Klingberg 60 11 27 3 38
C. Eakin 73 17 19 -5 36
T. Daley 63 16 20 -10 36
A. Goligoski 77 4 31 -2 35
A. Hemsky 71 11 21 -5 32
S. Horcoff 73 11 17 7 28
V. Fiddler 75 12 15 -5 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 34 16 10 .906 2.88
J. Enroth 1 5 0 .877 3.16
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