Loui Eriksson out, Brandon Segal in for Stars

Stars forward Loui Eriksson won't play tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks due to the upper body injury he suffered in Tuesday's game against San Jose Sharks.

Steve Ott and Tomas Vincour, who both took head shots in that game as well, are fine and will play tonight.

Right wing Brandon Segal cleared re-entry waivers, was recalled this morning and he will be in the lineup tonight.

"He gives us another option tonight, a big body," said Stars coach Marc Crawford. "He played well this year and really was a victim of circumstance when we picked up Jamie Langenbrunner. He was one guy that could go down and save us some money. He was a political decision more than a hockey decision. We're pleased to have him back."

Segal was sent to the AHL on January 11. He played 30 games with the Texas Stars, registering 17 points (7 goals, 10 assists). Segal arrived at American Airlines Center just after this morning's skate.

"It's great to be back. This is where I want to be," Segal said. "Things were going great and then there were some unfortunate circumstances. That's just the way the business works. The main thing is I am back here and ready to help this team."

Segal has 4 goals and 5 assists in 36 games with Dallas this season.


*Kari Lehtonen will get the start in net tonight. It will be his 12th straight start and his 21st start in the last 23 games for the Stars.

*Stars coach Marc Crawford said he would probably go with the same six defensemen he has used the last couple games, and also indicated he is considering going with seven defensemen.

*Adam Burish will miss his third straight game with a lower body injury. Stars coach Marc Crawford said Burish is doubtful for Saturday's game against Philadelphia.

"He is improving, but he is not available to us tonight," Crawford said. "He is improving and we're hopeful that it won't be too long. I would say that he'll be doubtful for Saturday because looking at what we've got next week, we're probably going to exercise caution. But I would rule it out completely. We're gearing ourselves towards what is happening next week."

The Stars will play only one game in six-day span next week before heading out on a five-game road trip.

Ott on the Heatley suspension

After Thursday morning's skate, Stars forward Steve Ott was asked about Dany Heatley, who was given a two-game suspension for elbowing Ott in the head during Tuesday's game.

"It's appropriate," said Ott. "They have a tough job to do for what they have to do. He's kind of a first time guy, I believe, and everything else. Obviously the NHL handles it the way they think they need to."