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Patrick Sharp won't play for Stars on Saturday

Left wing to miss at least one game because of concussion-like symptoms

by Sean Shapiro / Correspondent

FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars left wing Patrick Sharp will miss at least one game because of concussion-like symptoms.

Sharp was injured after getting hit by Los Angeles Kings defenseman Brayden McNabb in the second period of a 4-3 loss Thursday. Sharp went to the locker room to have concussion testing and didn't return to the game. 

After practice Friday, Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said Sharp would be out for the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at American Airlines Center on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-O, FS-SW, NHL.TV). Sharp was placed on injured reserve, and the Stars recalled Gemel Smith from Texas of the American Hockey League.

Right wing Patrick Eaves sustained a lower-body injury against the Kings and didn't play in the third period. Eaves didn't practice Friday, but Ruff said he possibly could play Saturday.

"There is a chance that both of them won't be able to play," Ruff said. "I think we'll know more [Saturday]."

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Stars right wing Ales Hemsky is expected to make his season debut after he injured his groin in the World Cup of Hockey 2016 playing for Team Czech Republic. Hemsky has been a full participant in practice for the past week and skated on a line with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin on Friday.

"Definitely feel better," Hemsky said. "I feel stronger and every day it feels better than last week. I had a good week and hopefully I'm ready for a game."

Hemsky said it was difficult to start the season on injured reserve with the Stars having numerous injured players.

"It's always tough to sit out," Hemsky said. "I've had a lot of injuries (in the past), but I've always been ready for the (start of the) season … you just have to get back and get ready and focus on the games now."

Right wing Jiri Hudler hasn't played since Oct. 15 because of an illness. Ruff said he isn't close to joining the team and will need at least four or five practices before getting into the lineup.

Dallas also is missing centers Cody Eakin (knee) and Mattias Janmark (knee). Eakin is expected to return in November; Janmark is expected to miss at least five months and possibly the entire season. 

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