Dallas Stars and Texas Stars players hit the ice together in Frisco for a scrimmage Tuesday morning. Players from the two teams were mixed together, and played three periods including one that involved a lot of special teams play.
Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said if was good for players who haven’t played any games this season to compete with others who have already been going strong for half a season.
“I saw the pace of the guys who have played 40 games,” Gulutzan said. “I think it was real important for our guys to get banged around and play through that pace. It wasn’t the TV timeout pace, it was let’s go for 18 minutes and I think that is going to help us come Saturday. It might not help us tomorrow, but Saturday it will help us.”
The scrimmage provided an opportunity for Stars goaltenders Kari Lehtonen and Richard Bachman – who did not play during the lockout – to get some game-like action under their belts.