Pretty quiet at the morning skate this morning, because the Stars are enjoying something they haven't most of this season: Good health. Every body was out there today, and everybody's big or little hurts are healed. Nice change of pace. Jere Lehtinen and Sergei Zubov, meanwhile, have stepped in and basically returned to form. At least that's what it looks like to us. I asked Dave Tippett about their seemingly rust-less returns:
"Every game’s a playoff game right now, so you can’t just shuffle around on the ice. We need top performances on the ice. When players are taking quality minutes, quality situations, we need those players to play well. The quicker they can get up to full speed, the better off we are."
Meanwhile, Mike Ribeiro's left eye looks just fine. His stitches are right around his eyebrow, so they actually blend in. Told him he needs to make it part of his fashion repertoire:
"I guess scar well," Ribeiro said. "You can’t really see it. I think it looks good."