Sunday Practice Update

Sunday, 10.27.2013 / 2:15 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Sunday Practice Update

The Dallas Stars practiced in Frisco this morning, but not everybody was on the ice. Some players were being rested due to illness.

“We’ve got a few guys that are under the weather, just flu-like,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “(Alex) Chiasson wasn’t even here today. He’s probably the worst of the group and we had a couple other guys that didn’t feel well yesterday, so we decided to try to rest most of the guys that weren’t feeling good.”

Chiasson was scheduled to meet the team this afternoon for the flight to Buffalo. Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin weren’t on the ice today, but it’s not clear if they are among the group feeling ill.

As insurance, the Stars recalled center Travis Morin from the Texas Stars Sunday afternoon. Morin, 29, currently leads the American Hockey League in scoring with 18 points (8 goals, 10) assists in 8 games. Morin played three games with Dallas in 2010-11, registering no points.

Hitting the road

Monday and Tuesday’s road games kick off a stretch that will see the Stars play eight of their next ten games away from home. After winning their first road game of the season, the Stars have dropped the last four and are 1-4-0 away from home this season.

“The only way we are going to make up any ground is become a better road team,” said Ruff. “We’ve been real close on the road.”

The Stars lost 3-2 in Colorado despite a 41-26 shots advantage. They were tied 2-2 with Los Angeles after two periods, but gave up three goals in the third period and fell 5-2. They had a 3-1 lead in Anaheim, but gave up five unanswered goals and lost 6-3.

“It starts with one game, you’ve got to win one game on the road,” said Ruff. “We’ve got to become a better road team. Some of it is defending and some of it is finishing opportunities.”

Quotable: Trevor Daley on facing Steve Ott in Buffalo on Monday

When the Stars play the Sabres Monday night in Buffalo they’ll be facing off with a familiar face in Steve Ott, who played 11 seasons for the Stars.

It will be the first time the Stars have played against Ott since he was traded to Buffalo in July 2012.

“I talked to him this morning. Obviously he is excited to play against us, too. It will be fun,” said Stars defenseman Trevor Daley. “A couple of us will probably get dinner with him tonight. He’ll feed us and then we’ll try to put him through the end boards tomorrow night.”

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 53 21 27 5 131 156 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 53 28 31 15 59
T. Seguin 53 28 28 10 56
J. Klingberg 53 8 35 14 43
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 53 16 24 -1 40
C. Eakin 53 10 13 1 23
A. Goligoski 53 3 20 17 23
M. Janmark 53 10 9 13 19
A. Roussel 51 8 10 5 18
V. Nichushkin 50 6 12 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 13 5 0 .907 2.82
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