Player News - Stars

Date: Team: Pos:

Mattias Janmark (knee) has confirmed that he won't play this season.

He has been skating recently, but won't return before the end of the 2016-17 campaign. Janmark required knee surgery last September and will look to be ready around that time prior to the 2017-18 season.
Mar 22 - 4:05 PM

Jason Spezza (back) is doubtful to play on Thursday.

He skated on Wednesday, but did not participate in practice. Spezza missed Monday's game versus San Jose because of back spasms.
Mar 22 - 2:05 PM

Forward Curtis McKenzie scored the only goal for the Dallas Stars Monday night, and it was good enough for a 1-0 victory over the visiting San Jose Sharks.

McKenzie found the net at 14:54 of the second period for the game winner. It was McKenzie's fifth goal of the season. The Sharks outshot the Stars 30-20 in this game.
Mar 21 - 12:14 AM

Veteran goalie Kari Lehtonen of the Dallas Stars was solid Monday night, blocking 30 San Jose shots en route to a 1-0 shutout triumph over the visiting Sharks.

It was only the Stars' second shutout of the season and the first since Lehtonen made 23 saves in a 3-0 win against the Colorado Avalanche last Dec. 3. Dallas wasn't playing especially well heading into Monday's game. The Stars, 29-33-10 on the season, had won only one of their past six games. San Jose (42-23-7) has lost three straight games for the second time this season but still holds a first-place position in the standings. Lehtonen lowered his goals-against average Monday to 2.89. It hasn't been a great season for the 33-year-old veteran so Monday's shutout probably goes down as his No. 1 highlight of 2016-17. His record is now 18-22-6 for the season and his save percentage is up to .903. Despite his shutout against San Jose, stay away from Lehtonen in fantasy play if you can.
Mar 21 - 12:08 AM

Updating a previous report, Stephen Johns will be scratched and not Jamie Oleksiak for the Stars.

Johns is strictly a physical defensive defensemen with not much offensive upside. He has nine points in 55 games this season and should not be owned in any fantasy formats.
Mar 20 - 8:30 PM

Jamie Oleksiak will sit out Monday's game against the San Jose Sharks as a healthy scratch.

Oleksiak will sit in back-to-back games for the Stars. He has appeared in only 34 games this season and has five goals and seven points during that span.
Mar 20 - 8:12 PM

Kari Lehtonen will indeed get the start on Monday against the San Jose Sharks.

Lehtonen led his team out for warmups, indicating he will be the starting goaltender tonight. He has a below average 2.95 goals against average and .901 save percentage going into tonight's contest. You can do better in goal for your fantasy team.
Mar 20 - 8:02 PM

Kari Lehtonen is likely to face the San Jose Sharks on Monday night.

He was the first goalie off the ice at the morning skate and so he is expected to get the nod. Lehtonen played in back-to-back games for the Stars on Thursday and Friday. He posted a win against Vancouver and lost to Calgary. He owns a record of 17-22-6 on the year with a 2.95 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage.
Mar 20 - 12:33 PM

Jamie Benn is expected to be in the lineup for Monday's game against San Jose.

He didn't play Friday after he took a glove to the eye last Thursday. Benn skated with Cody Eakin and Ales Hemsky during the morning session. Get him back in your lineup.
Mar 20 - 12:29 PM

Jason Spezza (back) didn't skate in the morning and remains doubtful to play Monday night against San Jose.

He hasn't been officially ruled out yet, but it doesn't look promising after he left Sunday's session due to back spasms.
Mar 20 - 12:24 PM

Jason Spezza left Sunday morning's practice with back spasms, and is doubtful for Monday's match with San Jose.

Well that's no good. The veteran pivot has posted 12 goals and 42 points in 59 games this season. Consider him day-to-day, for now.
Mar 19 - 2:20 PM

Despite his obvious offensive talents, Jason Spezza is turning over the puck at key times.

Spezza is not alone. The Stars other veterans such as Tyler Seguin are also having a difficult time maintaining possession. Spezza is minus 18 for the season and Seguin is minus 16. Those are not good stats and Dallas coach Lindy Ruff called out his veteran players after a loss to Calgary Friday. "It's not the young guys turning the puck over," Ruff said. "Play the game the right way. At the end of the night, those guys have to be your better players." Yikes. It's just been that kind of season for the Stars.
Mar 19 - 10:43 AM

Jamie Benn (eye) will probably be back in the lineup on Monday.

Coach Lindy Ruff said there's a good chance that Benn will be ready to return against San Jose after he took a glove to the eye Thursday and missed Friday's game as a result. "He got scratched and he saw the eye doctor," Ruff explained. "He got a glove in the eye, that's all."
Mar 18 - 10:38 AM

Kari Lehtonen stopped 21 of 24 shots in a 3-1 loss to the Calgary Flames on Friday.

Lehtonen's best stop of the night easily came when he denied Johnny Gaudreau on the breakaway of a sure goal. Lehtonen, like years past continues to be average at best in goal for the Stars. If he finishes the season at his current pace, his goals against average will be above 2.65 for the 9th time in 12 full NHL seasons. His record drops to 17-22-6 on the year with a 2.95 goals against average and .901 save percentage.
Mar 18 - 12:05 AM

Brett Ritchie scored a goal in a 3-1 loss to the Calgary Flames on Friday.

Ritchie broke Brian Elliott's shutout bid win just under seven minutes remaining in the game with a powerful shot off a turnover. The goal was Ritchie's 13th of the season. He has an elite shot and showed how effective it could be tonight when he gets it on net. He is now up to 21 points in 69 games this season. He should not be owned in any fantasy format.
Mar 17 - 11:51 PM


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