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Injury Updates: Lehtonen Doing Better, Eaves a Possibility for Friday

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen did not play Tuesday due to an undisclosed “medical issue,” but he practiced Wednesday afternoon in Frisco and is said to be doing better.

“Hopefully these next two days I can get everything back to normal,” Lehtonen said. “Today was a good step.”

Lehtonen took part in yesterday morning’s skate in Winnipeg and served as the backup to Jhonas Enroth in the 4-2 loss to the Jets. But he said he wasn’t ready to play in the game because of the undisclosed issue.

“I could function, but some of the game stuff would have been too much yesterday,” Lehtonen said.

Right now, it appears Lehtonen’s status for Friday’s game against Colorado is still up in the air. But if Lehtonen is ready to go, he’ll get the start against the Avalanche.

“We’ll wait and see,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “Today was a better day for him and hopefully he’ll be available for Friday.”

Ales Hemsky did not practice Wednesday. He is playing through an injury right now and is likely to get practice days off. He is a question mark for Friday.

“He’s dealing with his injury, and he is going to need maintenance days,” Ruff said. “Whether he is available for Friday that is still hit and miss. He’s getting through games. He was hurting a little bit in the third period last game.”

There is some positive news on the injury on forward Patrick Eaves, who has missed the last six games with a concussion. Both Eaves and Travis Moen (upper body) are skating. Moen still isn’t ready, but Eaves could be a player soon.

“Eaves could be a possibility for Friday,” Ruff said. “They skated earlier today. Moen isn’t making out quite as good, but Eaves was a full-go the last couple times. He’ll go through the baseline testing, and there is a good chance he could be cleared to play.”

Eaves suffered the concussion when he was hit in the head with a puck in the Feb. 13 game against Florida. Moen has missed the past four games with his injury.

As for center Tyler Seguin, who is out with a knee injury, he told The Ticket’s BaDD Radio Wednesday that his rehab is going well and that he hopes to start some light skating soon.

“I was in a phase of where I wasn’t really allowed to do anything, just get rest more than anything. Now, I am the point where I’ve been working out pretty hard the last two days,” Seguin told BaDD Radio. “I feel a lot better.”

“I think it is because I am young that I am responding well. The doctor said that I am ahead of schedule, so that is good. I haven’t skated yet but hopefully that will come in the next few days.”

Seguin was injured in the Feb. 13 game against Florida. Seguin said it is a four-to-six week injury and he is working to get back on the shorter end of that time frame.

Forward Valeri Nichushkin, who is recovering from hip surgery, continues skate. Nichushkin could start skating with the team within a week or so, according to Ruff.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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