Player News - Stars

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Patrick Sharp will undergo hip surgery on Tuesday.

Sharp has eight goals and 18 points in 48 games this season. The surgery will end Sharp's season, or at least keep him out for what little remains. This has been a very difficult season for Sharp, who had suffered two concussions and has played through his hip issue. On top of that, his father is battling leukemia. "It's been tough," Sharp said. "I knew it was going to be a challenging year with my father and what he has been going through. Looking back on the season, I probably could have handled my emotions a little better maybe."
Source: NHL.com
Mar 25 - 5:25 PM

Jason Dickinson has been called up by the Dallas Stars.

Dickinson has no points in two games with Dallas this season. He also has nine goals and 30 points in 55 AHL contests.
Source: NHL.com
Mar 25 - 11:58 AM

Jamie Benn scored a goal in Friday's 6-1 win over the San Jose Sharks.

Benn's goal at the 5:19 mark of the second period gave the Stars a 3-0 lead at the time. The Stars captain has picked up three points in his last two contests. He has 25 goals and 41 assists in 69 games this season. Adam Cracknell (three), John Klingberg and Brett Ritchie also scored for the Stars.
Mar 25 - 11:05 AM

Jason Spezza picked up three assists in Friday's 6-1 win over the San Jose Sharks.

Spezza returned to the lineup after missing two games with a back injury. His return couldn't have gone much better. He played on the fourth line with Curtis McKenzie (two assists) and Adam Cracknell (three goals). "We did some good things, had some good shifts and got a lucky bounce on the first one and some nights that gives you a little jolt of energy," said Spezza. He has 12 goals and 33 assists in 60 games.
Mar 25 - 11:03 AM

Remi Elie registered a pair of assists in Friday's 6-1 win over the San Jose Sharks.

Elie picked up assists on goals by Brett Ritchie and John Klingberg. He finished the game with a plus-3 rating and one shot on goal in 15:01 of ice time. Elie has one goal and four assists in 10 games.
Mar 25 - 10:59 AM

Curtis McKenzie picked up a pair of assists in Friday's 6-1 win over the San Jose Sharks.

McKenzie helped set up two of Adam Cracknell's three goals. It's McKenzie's second multi-point game of the season. He has five goals and 10 assists in 50 games this season.
Mar 25 - 10:55 AM

Kari Lehtonen stopped 20 of 21 shots in Friday's 6-1 win over the San Jose Sharks.

The only goal Lehtonen gave up came on the power play (his team was leading 4-0 anyway). The Stars goalie is 2-0-1 in his last three games and he's given up two goals or less in each of those contests. Lehtonen has also surrendered two goals or less in five of his last six outings. He'll enter his next start with a 2.82 goals-against-average and a .904 save percentage.
Mar 24 - 11:54 PM

Adam Cracknell scored a hat trick in Friday's 6-1 win over the San Jose Sharks.

Well, no one could have predicted this kind of production from Cracknell. The Stars forward gave his team 1-0, 4-0, 5-1 leads in tonight's victory. He finished the game with a plus-3 rating and five shots on goal in just 11:35 of ice time. He has 10 goals and five assists in 61 games. Tonight's offensive outburst won't change the fact that he doesn't have any value in most fantasy leagues. Brett Ritchie, Jamie Benn and John Klingberg also scored for the Stars.
Mar 24 - 11:47 PM

Jiri Hudler didn't play Friday because of a lower-body injury.

Dan Hamhuis was also not in the lineup due to a lower-body ailment. Consider them both day-to-day for now.
Mar 24 - 9:43 PM

Jiri Hudler is expected to be a healthy scratch in Friday's game against the San Jose Sharks.

Hudler skated in last night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks, but with Jason Spezza making a return to the lineup, there simply wasn't room for him tonight. Hudler has three goals and eight assists in 32 games this season.
Mar 24 - 8:22 PM

Dan Hamhuis won't suit up in Friday's game against the San Jose Sharks.

It's unclear as to why he's not playing tonight, but Stars.nhl.com reporter Mark Stepneski believes Hamhuis could be "banged up". Stephen Johns will take his spot in the lineup.
Mar 24 - 8:19 PM

It looks like Jason Spezza will return to the lineup for Friday's game against the San Jose Sharks.

Spezza has missed each of Dallas' last two games because of a back injury. He's skating as a winger on Dallas' fourth line with Curtis McKenzie and Adam Cracknell during the pre-game warmup.
Mar 24 - 8:15 PM

Kari Lehtonen will get the start in Friday's game against the Dallas Stars.

Many expected Antti Niemi to be between the pipes tonight because Lehtonen played in last night's shootout loss to Chicago, but the Stars have opted to go back to him tonight. Lehtonen has an 18-22-7 record with a 2.86 goals-against-average and a .904 save percentage this season.
Mar 24 - 8:10 PM

Patrick Sharp will probably have surgery on his undisclosed injury when the season is over.

"Eventually, you probably have to get something fixed up, it's just a matter of time, really," Sharp said. "But in the meantime, I can skate and I can play, and I'm going to go out there and help any way I can." He had five shots on goal against his former Chicago teammates on Thursday night. Sharp hasn't recorded a point in seven straight games and he has only 18 points in 47 outings this year. It makes you wonder if Dallas should step in and just shut him down.
Mar 24 - 10:45 AM

Jamie Benn posted two assists in a 3-2 shootout loss to Chicago on Thursday night.

He had a hand in both goals that Ales Hemsky scored in the defeat. Benn didn't have a point in his previous five appearances. Now he just needs to end his seven-game goalless skid.
Mar 24 - 10:40 AM


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