Mixed bag today. The Stars had an optional practice. Jere Lehtinen (upper body) skated beforehand, but will not travel to St. Louis. Fabian Brunnstrom (upper body) did not skate and also will not travel to St. Louis. Both are listed as day to day.
There was a large media scrum that talked a great deal about Mike Modano. Modano wasn't there, but Dave Tippett said the media was making too big of a deal out of this. The bottom line, though, is the message has been sent _ the Stars need everyone on board. If Dallas wants to make the playoffs, it has to put it all on the line in these games. Tippett feels Modano didn't do that Sunday. It doesn't matter if he did Thursday and Friday, they need it every game right now, just like it was the playoffs.
I'm not sure what Tippett is considering for lines, but it will be interesting to see what they do with Brendan Morrison now that Brunnstrom is out. Could we see James Neal back with Modano and Chris Conner, and then maybe place Brian Sutherby and Mark Parrish with Morrison? Those lines seem to make more sense.