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Stars' Seguin could play in Game 1

Dallas forward practiced without restriction Wednesday

by Steve Hunt / Correspondent

FRISCO, Texas -- Forward Tyler Seguin could return to the Dallas Stars lineup for Game 1 of their best-of-7 Western Conference First Round series against the Minnesota Wild at American Airlines Center on Thursday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports 3, FS-SW, FS-N, FS-WI).

Seguin was wearing the same green jersey as other players at practice Wednesday. He wore a red no-contact jersey at practice Monday and Tuesday.

Seguin had surgery March 18 to repair a 15-percent tear of the Achilles tendon in his left foot and missed the final 10 games of the regular season.

"I feel good," Seguin said. "It feels better than the first day of practice. Every day you push it a little bit more and you get more confidence in it."

Seguin split shifts at right wing on the top line with Patrick Sharp. Captain Jamie Benn was at left wing and Cody Eakin was at center. 

Video: Seguin, Goligoski and Janmark talk with the media

"I want to do obviously what's best for the team," Seguin said. "I'd say it was a good day."

Seguin was second on the Stars with 73 points and tied for second with 33 goals in 72 games. 

Rookie forward Mattias Janmark, who missed the final three games of the regular season because of an upper-body injury, also practiced without a red jersey Wednesday.

"They [Janmark and Seguin] are both doing well," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "They're both available to play. It'll just be a decision is if they're ready now." 

Janmark, who had 15 goals and 29 points in 73 games, split shifts at left wing on the fourth line with Travis Moen. Vernon Fiddler centered that line with Colton Sceviour on the right side. 

Defenseman Alex Goligoski missed practice Tuesday because of an illness but was on the ice without restriction Wednesday. He was second on Dallas in average ice time per game at 23:50.

"Just a little flu big. In and out, so it's good. I feel good today," he said. 

Goligoski returned to his customary spot in Dallas' top pair alongside normal partner John Klingberg, who was fifth among NHL defensemen with 58 points this season.

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