The Dallas Stars have been playing half-staffed for the last few weeks, with names like Jiri Hudler, Jason Spezza, Cody Eakin, Patrick Sharp, and Patrick Eaves all out for various injuries.
They’re slowly but surely re-gaining names, though – and now, they’ll get Hudler back in time for their next tilt against the Minnesota Wild tomorrow.
Hudler signed with the Stars this summer as a free agent, coming on board after a year split between the Calgary Flames and the Florida Panthers. He’s been out with an illness for nearly the entire start to his 2016-17 campaign, though, hurting his ability to help the team with supplementary offense. Through just two games played, he’s failed to get on the board to date.
Now, though, he’ll return.
Head coach Lindy Ruff suggested on Friday that Hudler is ‘anticipated’ to play tomorrow, per Mark Stepneski of the official Stars website.
He’s not the only name that could return, either.
In addition to the confirmation that the veteran Czech forward could draw back into the lineup, the Stars have been given confirmation that forward Jason Spezza – acquired from the Ottawa Senators back in the summer of 2014 – is ‘wait and see’, which means he’s a possibility to draw back in after a brief amount of time missed for an injury of his own.
The Stars have gone 3-3-2 through the first chunk of their year, falling short of the strong start they likely hoped to achieve. Hopefully, the return of players like Hudler and Spezza will help them right the ship – although they may find it a consolation to know that the rest of the Central Division seems to be struggling just as mightily.
Dallas and Minnesota will face off on Saturday at 7:00 PM CST on the road in Minneapolis, Minnesota.