Forward Travis Moen, acquired from Montreal on Tuesday, went through his first practice with the Dallas Stars Friday afternoon at American Airlines Center. But he is not expected to play when the Stars take on the Minnesota Wild at the AAC Saturday.
“I don’t’ think so. He hasn’t skated for a couple of days,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “The plan would be to skate him good today, skate him tomorrow on his own. Give him a fair chance to get up and running again. He’s had a few days off. He’s a possibility for Chicago (Sunday). We’ll see.”
Moen, traded to the Stars in exchange for defenseman Sergei Gonchar, had to work through the immigration process before he could join the Stars.
“I pregame skated the morning I got traded and it wasn’t much of a skate. And then I was sitting around two days waiting for my visa papers,” Moen said. “It was good to get a skate in today, but I talked to Lindy and I’ll get in another good skate tomorrow and maybe get ready for the next game.”
Ales Hemsky, who sat out Thursday’s 2-0 win in Los Angeles as a healthy scratch, will be back in the lineup Saturday. He skated on a line with Vernon Fiddler and Curtis McKenzie Friday.
“Ales is going back in,” Ruff said. “We’ve had several good meetings and I told him he is going back in. I said I think it would be good to watch a game. Sometimes you can come back a new player, and that is my hope. Let’s start over from scratch, and what is behind us is behind us.”
Forward Patrick Eaves, who suffered a lower body injury in Thursday’s game, is out for Saturday.
“It was a blocked shot, and right now everything was negative,” Ruff said. “We’ve got to get him feeling comfortable again. He’ll get checked out here to make sure we didn’t miss something.”
Forward Valeri Nichushkin, who has been out with a hip/groin injury, did not practice Friday. Ruff said there should be an update on Nichushkin’s status Saturday.
Kari Lehtonen was off the ice early, and Anders Lindback stayed late. That’s an indication that Lehtonen will start tomorrow vs. Minnesota in what is the first game of a back-to-back set for the Stars.
The Stars arrived in Dallas Friday afternoon and headed straight to the American Airlines Center for practice. Here is how they lined up during the session.
Jamie Benn – Jason Spezza – Tyler Seguin
Antoine Roussel – Cody Eakin – Ryan Garbutt
Curtis McKenzie – Vernon Fiddler – Ales Hemsky
Travis Moen – Shawn Horcoff – Erik Cole/Colton Sceviour
Alex Goligoski – John Klingberg
Jordie Benn – Trevor Daley
Brenden Dillon – Jamie Oleksiak
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