The Stars stayed off the ice on Thursday and worked out with strength and conditioning coach J.J. McQueen. It was a neat scene, as McQueen was pushing the players, but had them all laughing and smiling
during a challenge race at the end.
The Stars are in the middle of nine games in 16 days (10 in 18 if you count Sunday in St. Louis) and they do look weary at times. This was a nice little curveball to change up the pace and maybe wipe away the memory
from Wednesday's four-goal third period against Detroit.
The team is healthy and assigned Aaron Gagnon to the Texas Stars. He played in two games and now has played in seven games this season with two assists and is plus-2.
That still means Marc Crawford has some interesting decisions for the Canucks game. Brian Sutherby, Brandon Segal and Matt Niskanen were healthy scratches against Detroit, so we'll see who might come back in.
Kari Lehtoen will be in goal Wednesday against a very good Vancouver team that is
well rested (they beat Philadelphia, 6-2, in Vancouver on Tuesday and very hot (they have points in 10 straight games, 8-0-2, and are 12-1-2 in their last 15 games). Cory Schneider will get the start in goal, as Roberto Luongo's wife is having a baby.
Schneider is 5-0-2 with a 2.56 GAA and .912 save percentage so far. Schneider had 45 saves in a 2-1 loss at American Airlines Center last season.