Friday Practice Update
Stars center Vernon Fiddler, who has missed the last six games with an upper body injury, went through a full practice in Frisco on Friday, and could be ready to play Saturday in San Jose.
“The conversation I had with him yesterday was to get physically involved today, do some extra battle work afterwards,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “He felt good yesterday. We’ll see where he is after all the extra stuff he does today, but there is a good chance he could play tomorrow. “
Forward Ryan Garbutt did not practice Friday, and is questionable for Saturday’s game.
“He is in the maintenance shop today. We’ll see where he is tomorrow. There is a possibility he could miss or he could play,” Ruff said.
Ruff didn’t specify an injury on Garbutt, but the Stars forward has been slowed since taking a puck in the foot/ankle area in the Dec. 3 game at Chicago.
Defenseman Aaron Rome, who has missed the last two games with a lower body injury suffered in Monday’s game in Colorado, has been placed on injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 16. He did practice Friday, skating on the fourth defensive pair with Maxime Fortunus.
Stars are California bound
The Dallas Stars head back out on the road for two games prior to the NHL’s holiday break. They’ll play at San Jose Saturday and then at Los Angeles on Monday. It’s a big test against two of the better teams in the Western Conference, but the Stars head into the trip on the heels of big wins at home over Colorado and Vancouver.
“The mood is great,” said Ruff. “We are coming off a couple games, emotional games here at home where we really played well defensively and played well away from the puck. We showed a lot of support for our young D, and I thought our young D responded and played very well for us.”
“I hope that it is visible for everyone that the process is getting a little bit easier. I am getting used to that, so I hope that it is going to be the same way. … I didn’t expect the league to be so strong. There is a lot of really, really good hockey out there.”
-Stars rookie Valeri Nichushkin, speaking through an interpreter, on his transition to playing in the NHL