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Inflammation in wrist won't sideline Souray

by Curtis Zupke
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Dallas Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray participated on the morning skate and declared himself fit to play against the Anaheim Ducks in an early matchup Friday between the Pacific Division leaders.

Souray had an injection in his wrist on Wednesday to relieve inflammation and sat out Thursday's practice. He broke his hand in the minors at the beginning of last season and said "it just gets a little irritated."

Souray said the day off was more for practical reasons.

"The whole point of getting an injection is to settle it down, and that takes a day to two days, so it would be pointless to get it done and aggravate it the next day," Souray said.

"I don't expect to get maintenance days. Everyone gets them throughout the year, I guess."

Souray, 35, has a history of injuries and the team might have to monitor him closely this season, but Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan wasn't too concerned.

"You look at Hammer and he's a great big, in-shape guy and usually those big men that are in good shape like that, they can go," Gulutzan said. "With our older guys, we'll watch them, but he's in pretty good condition."

Brenden Morrow - Mike Ribeiro - Michael Ryder
Steve Ott - Jamie Benn - Loui Eriksson
Adam Burish - Vernon Fiddler - Radek Dvorak
Eric Nystrom - Jake Dowell - Krystofer Barch

Alex Goligoski - Adam Pardy
Stephane Robidas - Sheldon Souray
Trevor Daley - Niklas Grossman

Kari Lehtonen will get the start in goal.


Bobby Ryan - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Brandon McMillan - Saku Koivu - Teemu Selanne
Andrew Gordon - Andrew Cogliano - Devante Smith-Pelly
Matt Beleskey - Maxime Macenauer - George Parros

Lubomir Visnovsky - Toni Lydman
Francois Beauchemin - Cam Fowler
Luca Sbisa - Sheldon Brookbank/Kurtis Foster

Jonas Hiller will get the start in goal

Foster could make his season debut this weekend as he is recovered from surgery to have a wire removed from his thigh.

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle did not play Foster on Monday and was typically coy about his lineup. But Carlyle will soon have to work Foster into the third defense pairing with Sbisa as Brookbank has played with Sbisa in the early going.

"He's worked hard and we've pushed him," Carlyle said. "He's still an option for us in these games and now it's back to a lineup decision."

Meanwhile, Beauchemin is sporting a scar above his left eye after he was hit by a shot from San Jose's Dan Boyle on Monday night.

Beauchemin only missed a few shifts, and he knows it could have been a lot worse had he not been wearing a visor.

"It was really scary," Beauchemin said. "It was a good thing I had a visor on because, without it, there would have been a lot more damage to my eye. Luckily it was just a pure cut."

Beauchemin said he's not apprehensive about getting in front of the net, but he's more aware.

"It was just one of those plays that I was battling in front and I lost the puck," he said. "It was coming pretty hard from the point. Obviously you want to know where the puck is at all times, especially when you're in front of the net."
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