Kari Lehtonen returns for Stars

Kari Lehtonen, who missed the last four games with a sore back, will be back in goal Thursday night when the Dallas Stars take on the San Jose Sharks at American Airlines Center.

Toby Petersen, who has missed the last six games with a hand injury, will return to the lineup as well.

Brenden Morrow, who missed Tuesday's practice to get his broken nose set, is fine and will play Thursday. He'll be wearing a full shield to protect the nose.

It looks like the Stars will go with the same six defenseman as last game, so Matt Niskanen would be the healthy scratch again.

Krys Barch, who has been out with a foot injury, skated and appears fine but he is not expected to play against the Sharks.

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