Most of the Stars got the day off in beautiful sunny Vancouver.
The goalies worked for about an hour at the University of British Columbia with Trevor Ludwig (Globetrotters at Rogers Arena tonight), Aaron Gagnon, Mike Valley and Stu Barnes providing the shooters. The practice was all about details and muscle memory. I'll have the story up later this evening.
Here's a tidbit from goalie coach Mike Valley:
``It's so important for goalies to get that repetition, and that's something we don't get a lot during the season,'' Valley said. ``We get to go on early for practice, so we normally get 20 minutes, but then you have practice and you don't always get to achieve what you want to achieve. But days like this are great when you get the whole hour just for the goalies. It's a lot of repetition and it's about working on the smallest details of your game until you can feel absolutely comfortable about it and say, `This is how it's supposed to feel.' For a lot of people, a practice like that might have been boring, but for these guys it is so important, because it's the foundation of their game.''
Marc Crawford said he has not yet made a decision on who would start in goal Saturday against the Canucks. He said he had no fear placing Andrew Raycroft back in the pipes, despite the fact Raycroft had two rough outings in his last two starts.
``He's a complete professional and he's been doing this for years, so we have complete faith in him,'' Crawford said.
Nicklas Grossman (hip) didn't skate and is not available for Saturday's game. No real updates from the injured back in Frisco, Crawford said. He will find out more when the team returns Sunday. They will practice Monday and play New Jersey on Tuesday.