Player News - Stars

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Cody Eakin registered three assists in Sunday's 4-3 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues.

Eakin set up all three of Dallas' goals in the game. Two of the three were primary assists. The 24-year-old has yet to find the back of the net in the playoffs, but he has picked up seven assists in eight games. He's an underrated part of the Stars' team.
May 1 - 7:27 PM

Antti Niemi stopped 19 of 20 shots in Dallas' 4-3 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues in Game 2.

Niemi came into the game at the start of the second period after starter Kari Lehtonen got the hook. The Stars were trailing 3-1 when Niemi entered the game, but they managed to battle back in the third period to force OT. Unfortunately for Niemi, the Blues converted on their second power play attempt in overtime. The series will head to St. Louis tied 1-1. Don't be surprised if coach Lindy Ruff opts to start Antti Niemi on Tuesday night.
May 1 - 7:21 PM

Jamie Benn scored a goal and an assist in Sunday's 4-3 OT loss to St. Louis in Game 2.

Benn picked up the primary assist on Alex Goligoski's first period goal. The Stars captain added the game-tying goal with under three minutes remaining in regulation. Unfortunately for the Stars, they weren't able to get the job done in OT, as David Backes scored for the Blues. Benn has five goals and 12 points in eight playoff games in 2016. The series will head to St. Louis with each team having won one game. Game 3 goes Tuesday night.
May 1 - 7:16 PM

Kari Lehtonen was pulled in Game 2 after allowing three goals on just five shots.

Lehtonen lasted just 20 minutes in Game 2. The Stars' goaltending situation was questioned coming into this series and this performance from Lehtonen certainly won't help. Antti Niemi entered the game in relief of the Stars starter.
May 1 - 5:10 PM

Valeri Nichushkin will return to the lineup for Sunday's game against the Blues.

Nichushkin had been a healthy scratch in the last game of the series against Minnesota and in the first game against St. Louis. The 21-year-old is playing again because Patrick Eaves (foot) is hurt. Nichushkin is expected to skate on the Stars' second line with Jason Spezza and Mattias Janmark. He has no points in five games this postseason.
May 1 - 2:57 PM

Patrick Eaves won't play in Game 2 against the St. Louis Blues.

Eaves suffered a foot injury in Friday's Game 1 win after he was hit by a shot. He's considered day-to-day at this point. The 32-year-old had two goals and five points in seven games this postseason.
May 1 - 2:54 PM

The Dallas Stars have recalled Jack Campbell from the AHL.

The 24-year-old has played in one NHL game since being drafted by the Stars in 2010. He'll serve as the team's third goalie behind Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi.
May 1 - 12:10 PM

Look for Kari Lehtonen to be between the pipes against St. Louis in Game 2.

Lehtonen was solid in Dallas' Game 1 win over the Blues on Friday night and he'll surely get the nod again. The 32-year-old has a 4-1 record with a 2.01 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage this postseason. Puck-drop is at 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon.
May 1 - 10:19 AM

Ales Hemsky seems to have found his game in the playoffs.

The 32-year-old has one goal and four points in seven games, but he's also playing a better overall game for the Stars. "We had hard conversations about how I felt the game needed to be played, where I felt his game needed to go," coach Lindy Ruff said. "Did it always go his way? No. But from his defensive responsibilities to really buying into shooting the puck a little bit more, I think he's been a real good asset for us this year."
May 1 - 10:16 AM

Brett Ritchie was recalled up to Dallas on Saturday.

In 39 career games up in the bigs, Ritchie has just 10 points. He has yet to play in the NHL playoffs, but has 13 points in 16 AHL playoff games for Texas.
Apr 30 - 5:05 PM

Valeri Nichushkin will indeed play in Game 2 against St. Louis, now that Patrick Eaves is sidelined with a foot injury.

While Eaves is considered day-to-day, he was seen on crutches on Saturday. Nichushkin has no points through five games this postseason, and just two in 11 career playoff games.
Apr 30 - 1:58 PM

Patrick Eaves was seen on crutches (foot) on Saturday, as Coach Lindy Ruff noted him as "day to day" moving forward.

Eaves had been enjoying a nice postseason until being struck in the foot. He had two goals and five points with 14 hits through the first seven games. Valeri Nichushkin will take his place in Game 2 versus St. Louis.
Apr 30 - 1:53 PM

Kari Lehtonen has earned another start in the playoffs.

He will likely tend goal Sunday afternoon in Game 2 against the Blues after a tremendous 31-save performance in Friday's 2-1 Game 1 win over the Blues. Stars' coach Lindy Ruff seems to play the hot hand and right now that is Lehtonen.
Apr 30 - 11:38 AM

Tyler Seguin will not play in a playoff contest until he has been skating for four or five days.

Right now Sequin is not skating and he has not done so since he injured himself in Game 2 of the opening round of the playoffs. We do not expect Seguin to play in the second round.
Apr 30 - 11:36 AM

Patrick Eaves left Friday night's 2-1 win over St. Louis with a foot injury.

He was struck by a shot in the third period and had to leave the contest. For now, consider Eaves day-to-day. An update as to Eaves' status is expected Saturday afternoon. Stay tuned.
Apr 30 - 11:33 AM


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