The forward situation for the Stars has become more scrambled as they try to finalize their lineup for opening night Oct. 13 against the Anaheim Ducks at American Airlines Center.
Center Tyler Seguin, who suffered a hairline fracture in the heel during preparations for the World Cup of Hockey, is skating in full practices but won’t play against the Los Angeles Kings in the Stars’ final exhibition game Friday in Las Vegas. Still, coach Lindy Ruff said he believes Seguin will be ready for the season opener “in all likelihood.”
“We want to get him to be where he’s comfortable playing,” Ruff said. “It’s hard to put it at 100 percent. When he’s comfortable, that’s when he’ll play. He’s moving close to that direction.”
Moving away from that direction is winger Ales Hemsky. He suffered a groin injury in the World Cup and has had a setback in his rehab.
“He’s being re evaluated. We’ll see where he’s at Monday or Tuesday,” Ruff said. “It’s probably pushing him back a little bit. I don’t know where he will be for opening night. That’s in question now.”
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Devin Shore, who suffered an ankle injury in training camp, is expected to play against the Kings, and the Stars are giving a tryout to former Minnesota forward Justin Fontaine.
Shore, 22, had 26 points (15 goals, 11 assists) in 23 games in the AHL last season before injuring a shoulder. He might be the Stars’ most NHL ready prospect. Fontaine, 28, had 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 60 games with the Wild last season. He’s an unrestricted free agent.
The Stars also have injuries to Mattias Janmark (knee, with April return) and Cody Eakin (knee, with November return) and lost Valeri Nichushkin to the KHL. Gemel Smith and Adam Cracknell have done the most in preseason to help fill in.
The Stars and Kings on Friday will play the first hockey game in the new T Mobile Arena, which will be home to the yet unnamed Las Vegas franchise entering the league next season.