The Stars' roster is down to just 20 players, at least for tonight. Toby Petersen left this morning for home because his wife went into labor, according to coach Dave Tippett. The Stars will wait to see if Petersen is able to get back tonight or tomorrow, and if Doug Janik heals up a bit. Otherwise, the Stars may have to call up someone.
It was a busy day in the locker room, as you could imagine. Although most of the NY scribes/media walked away without a Sean Avery comment (at least on the record). Joel Lundqvist was also getting his share of attention with the showdown with brother Henrik coming tonight. Tippett had some fun with it at the morning skate:
"I asked (Joel), 'Did you take your brother out, get him a few beers?' He said he just left the baby at his place and told her to cry all night," Tippett said, referring to Joel's five-month-old daughter.
Anyway, good stuff in the morning in the great NYC. Time to hit the park, folks. We'll be with you again tonight.