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Saturday Update: Sharp questionable for Sunday

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Forward Patrick Sharp did not practice Saturday. Sharp was banged up when he collided with the net while scoring the game-winning goal in Friday’s 4-1 victory at Carolina.

Sharp scored the goal with 8:45 remaining in the game, but played only two shifts the rest of the night. Sharp’s availability for Sunday’s game in Detroit appears to be in question.

“A little nicked up, but I don’t think he is going to be out. There’s a possibility, though,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said.

Forward Antoine Roussel, who missed Friday’s game with an upper-body injury, practiced on Saturday. Ruff indicated it was likely that Roussel would play Sunday.

Ales Hemsky was expected to sit out Friday but played due to the Roussel injury. Hemsky played well and scored a goal, but Ruff said Hemsky’s hip remains a concern.

“He is still struggling through the hip stuff,” Ruff said. “He’s getting treatment every day for it, and I think that has affected him. At the same time, we have to win games, and if it is affecting you to where you can’t skate as well as you can or you can’t compete as well as you can, you won’t be able to play.”

Sunday’s game in Detroit will be a homecoming of sorts for Stars rookie Mattias Janmark. He was a member of the Red Wings organization for almost two years, before being traded to the Stars in the Erik Cole deal prior to last season’s NHL trade deadline.

“For me it is a bit special. It’s going to be fun,” Janmark said.

The Red Wings drafted Janmark in the third round (79th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft. He spent some time with Detroit’s AHL team, Grand Rapids, in 2014, playing in two regular season games and six in the postseason.

“I was in Grand Rapids for six or eight weeks, so I am going to know a few guys,” Janmark said. “Riley Sheahan, Tomas Jurco and the coach (Detroit’s Jeff Blashill) was coaching there. And there are a lot of Swedes there that you’ve seen growing up. Detroit’s a special team in this league, so it is going to be a fun game.”

Janmark has six points (three goals, three assists) in 14 games. The past two games he’s been playing on the second line and has logged 16-plus minutes.

“The ice time he’s got he has deserved,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “He’s worked really hard; he’s played really well. He’s been a real surprise for us.”

Goaltender Jack Campbell, who suffered a hand injury during the preseason and was on injured non-roster status, was assigned to the Texas Stars on Saturday. Campbell is expected to be in uniform for Texas Saturday night, serving as the backup to Maxime Lagace when the Stars play San Antonio.

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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