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Tyler Seguin in lineup for Stars

Center sustained injury in World Cup pretournament game, will play against Ducks

by Sean Shapiro / Correspondent

DUCKS (0-0-0) at STARS (0-0-0)

8 p.m. ET; PRIME, FS-SW

DALLAS -- Center Tyler Seguin will be in the lineup when the Dallas Stars open the season against the Anaheim Ducks at American Airlines Center on Thursday. 

Seguin missed all of the preseason after sustaining a hairline fracture in his heel playing for Team Canada against Team USA in a World Cup of Hockey 2016 pretournament game Sept. 9.

"It's been long," Seguin, 24, said. "Really the last seven months have been pretty long. Not playing games, a lot of training and rehab. It's going to be nice to get one in the books tonight."

Seguin had 73 points in 72 games last season, but missed the final 10 regular-season games after he had his Achilles tendon partially cut by a skate March 17. He returned for Game 2 of the Stars' Western Conference First Round series against the Minnesota Wild but susutained a calf injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"It's just something I've put in the past now," Seguin said. "It happened and injuries are part of the game. I've had a couple funny ones and I worked hard to get back where I am, and here I am."

The Stars didn't run lines in the morning skate Thursday, but Seguin has been practicing with Jamie Benn and Patrick Eaves consistently. 

Coach Randy Carlyle begins his second stint with the Ducks. He was hired June 14 to replace Bruce Boudreau. Carlyle previously had coached the Ducks from the 2005-11, a time period that included winning the Stanley Cup in 2007.

"Randy always has us prepared and is as good of a coach with Xs and Os as there is," Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler, who made his NHL debut under Carlyle in 2010, said. "Not much has changed since he was here last time. He's demanding but also very fair and expects his player to play for him." 

Dallas right wing Brett Ritchie will play against his brother, Anaheim left wing Nick Ritchie for the first time in the NHL. 

"It's obviously something you think about growing up, obviously you want to make the NHL," Brett Ritchie said. "We always thought it would be cool to play against each other in the best league in the world. It's a huge game for it to be on opening night it even ups it a little bit."

Their parents, Tammy and Paul, won't be in attendance but will be watching at home in Orangeville, Ontario. 

"They are probably hoping for a tie, but obviously that can't happen anymore," Nick Ritchie said. "Maybe an overtime game."


Ducks projected lineup

Nick Ritchie -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Jakob Silfverberg

Mason Raymond -- Antoine Vermette -- Nick Sorensen

Ryan Garbutt -- Chris Wagner -- Jared Boll  

Cam Fowler -- Josh Manson

Simon Despres -- Sami Vatanen

Jacob Larsson -- Kevin Bieksa

John Gibson  

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Joseph Cramarossa, Clayton Stoner, Korbinian Holzer  

Injured: Nate Thompson (Achilles)


Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Patrick Eaves

Patrick Sharp -- Jason Spezza -- Jiri Hudler

Antoine Roussel -- Radek Faksa -- Brett Ritchie

Lauri Korpikoski -- Devin Shore -- Adam Cracknell

Jordie Benn -- John Klingberg

Johnny Oduya -- Stephen Johns

Dan Hamhuis -- Patrik Nemeth

Antti Niemi

Kari Lehtonen

Scratched: Esa Lindell, Curtis McKenzie  

Injured: Ales Hemsky (groin), Jason Dickinson (hip), Cody Eakin (knee), Mattias Janmark (knee), Jamie Oleksiak (lower-body)

Status report

The Ducks claimed forward Emerson Etem off waivers from the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday. Etem is expected to join the team in Pittsburgh on Friday. To make room on the roster, center Joseph Cramarosa was placed on waivers. … Oleksiak and Hemsky skated on Thursday but aren't ready to return. Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said Oleksiak could be available for the game Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche. 


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