FRISCO -- With their preseason schedule behind them the Dallas Stars were back on the ice for practice in Frisco this morning. The Stars will have Tuesday off and then practice Wednesday and Thursday in preparation for Friday's season opener against Chicago at American Airlines Center.
Everybody was on the ice Monday except for Adam Burish, who is still bothered by a sore groin. Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said Burish would be probable for Friday if he can practice Wednesday and Thursday.
"He hasn't skated the last three days, but he's getting better," Gulutzan said. "We thought if we gave him two days off we'd get him right back over the hump, but he's still a little sore today. I would say he is probable for Friday, meaning he can come back for Wednesday, Thursday practices and be probable. If he doesn't get in that Wednesday practice then we are looking at unlikely for the weekend."
As for line combinations to start the season, it is still a work in progress. Burish's status alters things some at the moment. Right now, the only line that seems a lock is the trio of Brenden Morrow, Mike Ribeiro and Michael Ryder.
"We want to be solid throughout and not only put nine guys that can roll, but having a strong fourth line presence as well that we can put in situations. We think we have that and we're getting a little closer," Gulutzan said. "But nothing is really etched in stone. I'd say for sure that Morrow, Ribby and Ryder are going to be together to start the season. The other things are going to be who ever meshes here quickly."
Here were the line combinations and defensive pairings in Monday's practice.