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Monday Practice Notes

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

After having Sunday off, the Dallas Stars practiced at the Dr. Pepper StarCenter in McKinney Monday morning.

Ales Hemsky was not on the ice in McKinney, but he was skating along with Travis Moen (upper body) in Frisco. Stars coach Lindy Ruff called it a maintenance day for Hemsky.

“He’s been struggling a little bit and we’re trying to get him feeling better,” Ruff said.

It’s still a process as Hemsky comes off hip surgery in the offseason.

“It’s hip related,” Ruff said. “I don’t think this is something that isn’t normal. We had ups and downs with [John Klingberg] through his [hip] situation. Same thing with Jamie [Benn]. It’s been pretty good, but playing has taken a little bit of a toll on him, some of the hits. We are just trying to get him back to where he is skating again.”

Hemsky is expected to play Tuesday vs. Anaheim.

“I’ll get an evaluation on Hemsky when I get back, but I anticipate he should be good to go,” Ruff said.

Moen has missed the past four games with an upper-body injury. He’s been skating recently, including today in Frisco, but he still hasn’t practiced in a while.

“It’s more than day-to-day. He hasn’t practiced with us,” Ruff said. “We’re looking at – before we can get him in a full skate – by the end of the week to get him up and running.”

Forward Patrick Eaves has missed the past five games with a lower-body injury. He isn’t skating, and there is no timetable for his return at the moment.

“I think Eaves is the furthest,” Ruff said. “He had a treatment that sets you back a couple days, and then you start feeling good. Yesterday, he could barely walk and today he was walking pretty good. Yesterday, he was walking like me and today he is walking like himself.”

Forward Curtis McKenzie remains out with a hip injury. The Stars put his timetable at 2-3 weeks last week. McKenzie was able to shed his crutches over the weekend.

Practice notes

With Ales Hemsky not practicing, defenseman Jason Demers, who has one more game to go on his two-game suspension, skated as a forward on the fourth line with Vernon Fiddler and Radek Faksa to give the Stars 12 forwards for drills.

The defense pairs were mixed at times during Monday’s practice, but Stars coach Lindy Ruff did say that Jyrki Jokipakka, who was scratched in Saturday’s game, will be back in the lineup for Tuesday. It’s not clear which defenseman will sit as a healthy scratch.

Here was Monday’s practice lineup.

Jamie BennTyler SeguinPatrick Sharp

Mattias JanmarkJason SpezzaValeri Nichushkin

Antoine RousselCody EakinColton Sceviour

Vernon FiddlerRadek FaksaJason Demers

Alex Goligoski
John Klingberg

Johnny OduyaJordie Benn

Patrick Nemeth – Jamie OleksiakJyrki Jokipakka

Kari Lehtonen

Antti Niemi

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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