Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard left Tuesday night's game against Nashville at 11:22 of the first period with what appeared to be a head injury.
Cody Eakin will start the campaign on the Stars' top line.
Ales Hemsky is projected to play on the fourth line in Dallas' season opener.
Jonas Hiller will start in Calgary's game against Vancouver on Saturday.
Henrik Lundqvist is expected to start on both Friday and Saturday.
Brian Gionta (lower body) will not participate in Thursday's opener.
Raffi Torres has confirmed that he won't appeal his suspension.
Antti Niemi will play between the pipes on Thursday.
Zdeno Chara (upper body) will not participate in Thursday's season opener.
Clarke MacArthur (upper body) is regarded as a game-time decision on Thursday.
Raffi Torres will reportedly not appeal his 41-game suspension.
Jaroslav Halak (upper body) has practiced for two straight days.