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Rich Peverley Back at Practice Following Procedure to Correct Irregular Heartbeat

Tuesday, 09.17.2013 / 6:17 PM / News
By Mark Stepneski

Stars forward Rich Peverley was on the ice for practice Tuesday, wearing a red “no contact” jersey. It was the third time Peverley has skated since undergoing a procedure last week to correct an irregular heartbeat.

“It’s good to be not by myself and with the guys and kind of getting into a rhythm and a pace,” Peverley said after coming off the ice at the team’s practice facility in Frisco.

Last Wednesday there was a “blip” on Peverley’s EKG as he underwent his physical prior to training camp opening in Fort Worth. It was determined he had atrial fibrillation, or an irregular heartbeat. He then headed to Cleveland for the procedure, which involved shocking the heart back into rhythm.

“A couple of days last week I felt like my heart was racing,” Peverley said. “I think when people hear that it’s a heart thing they think it is life-threatening. Normal people have it, and can go through daily life. I just can’t perform at the level I want to perform.”

Peverley, whom the Stars acquired this summer from Boston in the Tyler Seguin deal, said he was comfortable with the heart situation moving forward, knowing that it shouldn’t affect his ability to play.

“I am not really worried about it. I am on medication to help me. Even if it does come back, it is not a career-threatening thing,” he said. “I could play through it and there are other things they could do to help me.”

The Stars said Peverley would be out three weeks from the time of the procedure. That would put him being ready close to the start of the season. He’s missed just a few days of skating, and hopes to be ready.

“I hope so. I don’t feel like I am behind at all with this stuff,” he said. “Games obviously will be a telling point. I think playing two months later than most guys last year (going to the Stanley Cup Final with Boston) helps me.”

Practice notes

*Stars coach Lindy Ruff said goaltender Kari Lehtonen will start Wednesday’s preseason game against Florida at American Airlines Center and play the first 30 minutes. Cristopher Nilstorp is expected to play the second half of the game.

*Asked what he was hoping to see from Lehtonen in Wednesday’s game, Ruff quipped: “A shutout.”

*On what kind of lineup he’ll roll out on Wednesday, Ruff said: ‘We’ll go with a veteran defense. I think we are trying to instill a few new things, so we’ll go with a pretty good lineup again and try to clean up the defensive end of it.”

*Among the defense pairs used in Tuesday’s practice: Trevor Daley-Sergei Gonchar; Brenden Dillon-Jamie Oleksiak; Patrik Nemeth-Stephane Robidas; Jordie Benn-Alex Goligoski.

*With close to 50 players still in training camp, the Stars practiced in two groups on Tuesday.

Wednesday’s preseason game

Who: Florida Panthers at Dallas Stars

Where: American Airlines Center

When: 7:30 p.m.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 80 37 47 16 84
J. Benn 81 34 45 21 79
A. Goligoski 81 6 36 9 42
C. Eakin 81 16 19 -9 35
A. Chiasson 79 13 22 -21 35
V. Nichushkin 79 14 20 20 34
R. Garbutt 75 17 15 10 32
R. Whitney 69 9 23 -6 32
R. Peverley 62 7 23 -3 30
E. Cole 75 16 13 -17 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 33 20 10 .919 2.41
T. Thomas 18 24 4 .908 2.88
 
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