Sorry, folks, running late again today. Not surprisingly, most of the talk today centered around goaltending and defense... the practice was very defense-oriented. A lot of one-on-ones, two-on-twos, etc., for the obvious reasons. The Stars' calling card defense is gone right now, and they're doing everything they can to try and find it again.
Onto Marty Turco. He wasn't talking today (he was off elsewhere in the center when he was asked to talk, and he declined). Don't know what else the guy could say at this point, other than he feels good but the results just aren't coming. So Andy Moog was brought in today to work with him and Tobias Stephan. I know there was an instance or two last season when Moog made an appearance, so we'll see how that affects Turco over the next few games.
I think he will come out of it (yes, that's the little Miss Sunshine in me, kids). He's been too good in the past to all of a sudden just go belly-up. It's definitely one of the worst skids he's been in, not so much because of the losses but by the goals allowed, but he'll figure it out.
Other tidbits from practice:
Steve Ott pronounced himself ready to roll for Wednesday against the Minnesota Wild. He said, with the tough practice the Stars went through today, he felt no pain, no problems. That's good, because the Stars could use any fire they can get into the lineup right now.
I saw Joel Lundqvist leaving the StarCenter early today, with his left arm in a sling. Don't know what the precise injury is, so we'll see the seriousness over the next few days.
Sergei Zubov continues to skate; Jere Lehtinen did not practice today.
Stars are off to do charity stuff today, kids (golf), so they'll be back on the ice on Tuesday.