Friday Practice Update

Friday, 12.20.2013 / 2:55 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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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. “

Fiddler skated on a line with Shawn Horcoff and Alex Chiasson in Friday’s practice.

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.”

Quotable

“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

Practice lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin
Ray WhitneyCody EakinAntoine Roussel
Erik ColeRich PeverleyColton Sceviour
Vernon FiddlerShawn HorcoffAlex Chiasson
Dustin Jeffrey

Alex GoligoskiBrenden Dillon
Jordie BennSergei Gonchar
Kevin ConnautonCameron Gaunce
Aaron Rome – Max Fortunus

Kari Lehtonen
Dan Ellis

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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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5 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
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C. Eakin 55 10 13 0 23
M. Janmark 55 10 10 14 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
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