Goaltender Anders Lindback is back after a five-game stint in the AHL, and Stars coach Lindy Ruff said he will get Lindback a start on the team’s upcoming three-game trip to Western Canada.
“The goal is to get him in here right away on this road trip,” Ruff said.
The Stars assigned Lindback to the AHL earlier this month to get him some playing time and get his confidence back after a rough start with Dallas.
“The reason we sent him down is we wanted him to play. We want him to get his confidence. You realize it is the American League, but at the same time you need to play,” Ruff said last week. “I think if he can play back-to-back games, four games in six nights, he can get feeling good about his game. You know you are going to play. The backup role is a really tough role. It’s a tough role for anybody. The fact that we were able to get him down there is a great thing. Give him a chance to play.”
Lindback got in five starts with the Texas Stars over a nine-day span and posted a 3-2-0 record, 1.59 goals against average and .946 save percentage.
“I saw it as an opportunity to work on my game and play some games. I did that,” Lindback said. “We got some wins down there, so it was a fun experience, and I think it is real good for me.”
It was a shot of confidence for Lindback, who has posted a 0-5-0 record in Dallas with a 4.63 goals against average and .861 save percentage. Lindback stopped 141 of 149 shots with Texas.
“Every game you play, every shot you face and save you make, it is good for your confidence,” Lindback said. “The more you play the more you trust in some situations. That is hard to replicate in practice. It was real good for me.”
And with Lindback coming off a good run in the AHL, Ruff doesn’t want him sitting around and not playing now that he is back in the NHL. That’s why the plan is to get him in a game on the upcoming road trip.
“The goal was to get him down there, get him playing. It does no good to get him down there playing well and then not play him,” Ruff said. “He’ll get one of these first two games (at Vancouver or at Calgary). We’ll decide today or tomorrow which one we are going to give him.”
Practice notes: Nemeth skates on his own
*The Stars had a good practice Monday morning. It went a little longer than normal and included a hard skate at the end.
“With about one game in one week we decided to max out with how hard we could test them today again,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “I thought today was a real good work day. We worked on some of our neutral zone, getting pucks inside. I thought that part of the practice was good. The work in the practice was real good. Longer than normal, but for the amount we’ve played in the last week it was about the right time.”
*Defenseman Alex Goligoski did not skate. Goligoski has been battling a lower body injury, and the Stars have been keeping him off the ice at practices recently.
“It’s a program that we want to stay with,” Ruff said. “He feels better with it. It hurts his practice time, but it is going to help his game time.”
*Forward Travis Moen, who missed Saturday’s game with an upper body injury, went through a full practice Monday. Ruff said Moen is close to being ready, but said he is not sure he’ll put Moen right back in the lineup.
“Moen I think will be ready,” Ruff said. “Whether I change the lineup, I like what the lines did as a group of four. There might be a case where I won’t change anything.”
*Defenseman Patrik Nemeth, who has been out since suffering an arm laceration on Oct. 18, skated on his own prior to practice and did a little light stickhandling.
“For me, that’s an indication that he is a little ahead of schedule, which is good to see,” Ruff said. “There is a time frame he has to stay inside. He can’t push himself beyond that and push himself back. I have no qualms that this kid is going to work his way back. He’ll work his way back in before the end of the year from the looks of it.”
Stars practice lineup
Here’s how the Stars lined up in Monday’s practice.
Jamie Benn – Jason Spezza – Tyler Seguin
Antoine Roussel – Cody Eakin – Ales Hemsky
Curtis McKenzie – Travis Morin – Erik Cole
Shawn Horcoff – Vernon Fiddler – Colton Sceviour
Ryan Garbutt-Travis Moen
Jyrki Jokipakka – Trevor Daley
Jamie Oleksiak – John Klingberg
Jordie Benn – Jason Demers
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