Adam Burish, who has missed five games with a leg injury, said he skated today for the first time since leavng the game against Minnesota after playig 7:41.
"I skated for about 10-15 minutes today," Burish said. "I felt better today than when I was playing, so that was good. Hopefully I am getting closer. I am going to go on the trip and the goal will be to play sometime early on the trip."
Burish still is not ready for an extended skate nor is he ready for practice, so this was just the first step. Still, he can help the team by bringing his positive attitude and locker room chemistry along. The team plays just once in a
span of five days, so maybe he will be able to move closer to a return once things get moving next Tuesday in Phoenix.
"I want to try to skate there and be around the guys," he said. "I want to be on the schedule, I want to stay around the guys, I want to stay in the loop and I want to be supportive when I can."
Burish has been in the training room with defenseman Nicklas Grossman (knee) and said Grossman is excited about pushing his recovery forward.
``We're in a battle trying to see who can come back quickest,'' Burish said. ``I think today he would tell you that he feels better than he thought he would.''
Stars coach Marc Crawford said he does't expect anyone to return to the lineup for Saturday's game at Nashville, but said he liked the work that Brad Lukowich and Mark Fistic did filling in for injured defensemen Grossman and Karlis Skrastins.
"The injuries we have are significant and we just have to bide our time, keep moving forward and look at what we've got,'' Crawford said. ``I liked Lukowich. He's giving us some energy. He was a very confident player last night. If you had a young guy in
here, I'm not sure he would have the confidence or the fortitude in the environment we're right now.
``I tought Mark Fistrc came in and played real for us. Mark's a big, powerful guy. He's giving us what we need right now,' Crawford said. ``Other guys just have to step up, and they are. I thought Woywitka was real good last night. He was the guy who probably
gobbled up the most minutes that were missing from the injured guys."
Not sure if you guys agree with the assessment on Woywitka, but this appears the group of defensemen they will be using on Saturday and possibly for the near future.
As for the endings of games, Crawford said he is focusing on looking forward.
``You are constantly looking at how to improve and you're working on that, and as hard as it, our guys are improving,'' Crawford said. ``We're improving each and every time. A lot of our young players like Goligoski or Fistric or Jamie
Benn or even Tommy Wandell, they're getting such improvement by being put in situations like that, and they will use that going forward. Our focus has to be going forward.''