Kane suspicious of Burish's absence

DALLAS -- Whatever intangible current Dallas Star and former Chicago Blackhawk forward Adam Burish brings to the game of hockey it's defined in one way: wins and losses.

The Hawks had a winning record with him in the lineup in the playoffs last season, a losing one when he sat out. It's not that different for the Stars.

Dallas was 1-6-1 in a recent stretch while Burish was out with an eye injury. When he returned they went 6-0-2. Now he's out again after breaking his foot blocking a shot. Without him the Stars have dropped their last two games.

"If any stat is good for him, it seems to be the win/loss record with him in the lineup," former teammate Patrick Kane said on Thursday.

When Kane missed a game earlier in the season Burish joked he had the "Burish flu." Now it's Kane's turn.

"He's missed the last two [against us]," Kane said. "He probably played in that one game because I was out and not played in the last two because I'm in.

"I'm sure he definitely doesn't want to be out there against me."

Injury News

  • Though Bryan Bickell and Chris Campoli didn't practice Thursday morning both will play Thursday night, according to Joel Quenneville.

  • There was no change in the status of either Brian Campbell or Dave Bolland, both nursing injuries. Campbell still has the possibility of joining the team in Phoenix for Sunday's game. He has a left foot injury.

  • Burish and Loui Ericksson, injured in the Stars' game on Tuesday, are out for Dallas.