DENVER -- Dallas Stars
winger Steve Ott
, who has missed six games because of a hip injury, went through another full practice on Thursday and is set to return for Friday's game at Colorado.
In advance of that move, the Stars activated Ott from the injured-reserve list. Winger Adam Burish
(hand) went on the list.
Ott will come back in a different spot than anticipated.
Coach Glen Gulutzan had planned on plugging Ott into Burish's spot on a line with Brenden Morrow
and Mike Ribeiro
. Gulutzan changed his thinking and will use Ott with Jamie Benn
and Michael Ryder
. Loui Eriksson
moves to the Ribeiro-Morrow line.
Gulutzan made the return Eriksson on the right side, where he has been effective in recent seasons. The move allows allows Ott to play on the left side, his natural spot.
"It's easier to have them in their positions, and it gives us some balance," Gulutzan said.
will start at Colorado, with backup Andrew Raycroft
in line for Saturday's home game against San Jose.
Defenseman Philip Larsen
is also likely to play on Saturday. Larsen, brought back from the American Hockey League this week when defenseman Alex Goligoski
went on the injured-reserve list, appeared in the first three games of the regular season, averaging 13:31 of playing time.