FRISCO, Texas — Dallas Stars center Radek Faksa says he’s feeling better and will hopefully make his return to the lineup against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday.
“It felt good to practice with the team for the first time (since the injury),” Faksa said. “You don’t really know how good it is until you get out there with the team.”
Faksa has missed a pair of games with a lower-body. He skated this past weekend on his own, and said each day the injury has improved.
Faksa added that the All-Star break came at a perfect time. He might have missed more games, but wasn’t rushed in his recovery time.
If Faksa plays tomorrow Stars coach Lindy Ruff will have to make a lineup decision, possibly scratching Lauri Korpikoski or one of the fourth liners in Curtis McKenzie, Adam Cracknell, or Brett Ritchie.
“Well, get bigger and stronger, now we got to decide which guy to take out, which again gets tough because we’re getting deeper into the lineup to scratch another player,” Ruff said. “Early in the year, we didn’t have that problem. We’re reaching that problem where all of a sudden, we got to make some tougher decisions whether you want to go with more skill or if you want to go with more physicality or just more size to try to control more of the game.”