Arizona Coyotes at Dallas Stars
Friday, February 24
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM
About the Stars
The Stars (23-27-10) are coming off their five-day 'bye-week.' They last played Saturday, defeating Tampa Bay 4-3 in overtime behind an Antoine Roussel hat trick and Jamie Benn's game-winner in the extra period. Teams have not fared well coming off the five-day break, posting a 4-12-4 record in their first game back.
"The players have been off on their own, and you don't control what they do," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. "It's the total responsibility of the players to be ready. So, you have a team that has been up and running against a team that hasn't practiced in five days. I think that can sometimes be the difference."
The Stars went through a lengthy practice late Thursday afternoon.
"I think the main focus was get our speed back and do everything quick out there on the ice," said Stars captain Jamie Benn. "We had five days to rest and kind of mellow out, so we need to get our brains going, get our feet moving again and get back."
Defenseman Johnny Oduya, who has been out more than a month with an ankle injury, practiced Thursday. He is not expected to play Friday but could be ready by Sunday.
The Stars enter Friday's game ten points out of a playoff spot with 22 games remaining.
Thursday's game is the second of five straight at home for the Stars.
Injuries: D Johnny Oduya (ankle), C/LW Adam Cracknell (lower body), RW Ales Hemsky (hip) and C/LW Mattias Janmark (knee) are on injured reserve.