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Mike Ribeiro returns from knee injury

DALLAS -- Center Mike Ribeiro, who has missed the last seven games with a knee injury, will return to the Dallas Stars' lineup Tuesday night against the Anaheim Ducks at American Airlines Center.

"He's ready to go," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. "He's had three days of skating and he's a pretty quick healer. He's a game player tonight."

Ribeiro is expected to center a line with Loui Eriksson and Michael Ryder.

Matt Fraser, called up from the AHL on Sunday, will make his NHL debut. Fraser, who ranks fourth in the AHL in goal scoring (21 in 40 games), is expected to play on a line with Jake Dowell and Tomas Vincour.

"He's an All-Star in the American Hockey League, he's got a great shot," Gulutzan said. "He's a high-quality, character guy. He has the ability to score and we thought we'd give him a chance, especially with our goal scoring. We haven't scored much lately."

The Stars will go with the same six defensemen as last game, meaning Mark Fistric and Adam Pardy will be scratches on defense.

Also, forward Jamie Benn, who has missed the last four games following an appendectomy, skated prior to Monday's practice in Frisco. He expects to be ready to play in Sunday's NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa.

"I think I am going to go," Benn said. "It will be a good experience for me and it will be fun, so I am looking forward to it."

Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk said any contract talks with Benn, who is in the third and final year of his entry-level deal, probably will wait until after the season.

'We've had discussions, but there won't be any more discussions, I don't think," Nieuwendyk said.

Mark Stepneski covers the Stars for ESPNDallas.com.