Stars captain Brenden Morrow sat out of practice again Wednesday to rest his sore back, but he said he believes he will be in the lineup Friday for the season opener at New Jersey.
``I've been through it before, and I know what to expect, so I don't really have any concerns,'' Morrow said of playing Friday. ``It was just a maintenance day to get ready for Friday. I would like to skate (Thursday), but the main thing is to be 100 percent by Friday.''
Stars coach Marc Crawford said he is trusting Morrow and the training staff to be ready.
``We're still very confident with the prognosis that he will be able to play on Friday, and right now we're just doing what's smart, giving him the time to be at 100 percent,'' Crawford said. ``We'd much rather sacrifice the practice than sacrifice the game, and this is what he needs right now. If this was a younger player, you'd might be a little more skeptical of whether he can prepare and get his level up, but I know Brenden can.''
Crawford swamped out the winger on the Mike Ribeiro line who was taking Morrow's place, as Krys Barch skated on that line today and Fabian Brunnstrom played as a defenseman. On Tuesday, Brunnstrom was on the Ribeiro wing and Barch played defense.
``If we don't have him, someone else will get an opportunity,'' Crawford said. ``If he wasn't there, I don't know what we would do right now. We'd mix and match to make it work. Plus, playing back to back, you'll need 12 forwards and you'll need to play four lines.''
The Stars open on Friday at New Jersey and then play Saturday at the Islanders.