Robidas is in tonight and will be wearing the full cage.
He looks like he should wear it all of the time. It just seems to fit him.
He had a ``procedure'' yesterday where they went in above his temple, and pushed his cheek bone back out a little bit. The bone got pushed in by the slap shot he took in practice Sunday, and the bone was pushing against some muscle and nerves, giving him a terrible headache.
He is so ``Robi.'' He was saying it was not that big a deal to get your bone pushed out a centimeter or two and he joked that when the doctor was examining his head, he said something to the effect of ``Now where is this one?'' because Robidas had so many other scars and bruises on his head that the new injury didn't just jump right out at him.
Marc Crawford will dress seven defensemen in the warm-up (as a precaution if Robidas' headaches return) and then will make a decision on his pairs. But if the morning skate is any indication, we could see:
Mark Fistric skated, but still has not been cleared by the doctors. In addition to the concussion, he had his shoulders sort of pushed together on the hit in Atlanta and now has some chest and shoulder pain he's still dealing with. We'll see what happens with that going forward.
Krys Barch and Brian Sutherby were the last forwards in, so my guess is the forward lines tonight will be:
My guess is that Mark Fistric is not yet ready or they would have activated him.
I would think they will still have:
...so I'm not sure what they will do with the third pair.
I thought Jeff Woywitka had his best game of the year against Colorado, but Dallas lost 4-1. With Chicago's firepower, you wonder if they would go with Maxime Fortunus and Matt Niskanen on the third pair. I'd still like to see Fortunus-Fistric for a couple of games to see if that would help shore up the defense.
We'll find out more at the morning skate on Tuesday
James Neal missed practice with the flu, and Stephane Robidas took a Mike Modano shot in the head during ``compete drills.'' The shot jumped right up the shaft of his stick and hit him in the side of the head.
Marty Turco and Brenden Morrow worked out after missing Saturday's game because of flu, but clearly were not at top speed. Trevor Daley (shoulder) and Marc Fistric (concussion) both worked out and looked pretty good.
Coach Marc Crawford pushed the message from the 4-1 loss to Colorado that players have to compete to get into scoring position. Robidas was one of the casualties because of it, but the message is pretty clear that players have to be willing to sacrifice more to win those battles.
The Stars don't play again until they host Chicago on Tuesday (nationally televised on Versus, by the way) so my guess is that Turco, Morrow, Robidas, Daley and Fistric will all be ready for that game. The Stars didn't really run lines today, but it will be interesting to see what Crawford does with a healthy lineup. He'll have some tough choices on what to do with Mike Modano (he split time between center and wing on Saturday) and Jere Lehtinen.
Brad Richards was giving Loui Eriksson a hard time today about being named to the Swedish Olympic team. Eriksson wears No. 21 because his hockey hero growing up was Peter Forsberg. Forsberg also was named to Team Sweden, and Richards joked that Eriksson was going to tell Team Sweden that he better get to wear No. 21 or the deal is off.
I suggested No. 12, seeing as another Stars player (Richards) has had to turn around the number he used to wear (19 to 91) for his favorite player (Joe Sakic).