Dallas Stars Player News: Last 7 days, All Positions

News: Hanzal (hamstring) practiced on Sunday and will travel with Dallas for its four-game road trip, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports.
Impact: The 6-foot-6 center has missed his team's last six games with the injury but it appears he'll be back soon. Hanzal has produced at a pretty disappointing rate this season, with just three points in 19 games.
News: Pateryn (thigh) won't practice on Sunday but could play Monday against the Rangers, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports.
Impact: This shouldn't impact too many fantasy owners, as Pateryn has just two points in 21 games this year despite seeing a career-high 18:53 of ice time per game. If he's out, it was announced that Julius Honka would play in Monday's game.
News: Roussel (elbow) could play against the Rangers on Monday, according to Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site.
Impact: Roussel missed four games with an illness before playing in Saturday's game against the Golden Knights. The 28-year-old winger won't practice Sunday, but head coach Ken Hitchcock believes he should be good to suit up.
News: Honka will suit up for Monday's game against the Rangers, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports.
Impact: The 22-year-old blueliner has been a healthy scratch for the last three games. He's appeared in just nine games this season, failing to record a point, and can safely be avoided from a fantasy standpoint.
News: Lehtonen will get the starting nod for Monday's road showdown against the Rangers, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports.
Impact: Lehtonen has been a middling No. 2 option for the Stars this season with a 2.71 GAA and .903 save percentage to go with a 3-4-1 record. The 6-foot-4 netminder picked up a victory over a tough Blues team in his last start, though, giving up just two goals on 26 shots.
News: Dickinson was recalled from AHL Texas on Sunday.
Impact: The 22-year-old center has appeared in just four games for Dallas this season with no points and a minus-2 rating. This move won't have much fantasy impact, as Dickinson continues to simply fill in for injuries.
News: Bishop stopped 34 of 38 shots in Saturday's loss to the Golden Knights.
Impact: Bishop is struggling in the Dallas crease right now, having given up seven goals over back-to-back losses. The 31-year-old came up with a few great saves Saturday evening, but it just wasn't good enough against a red-hot Vegas club. Bishop is sporting a .909 save percentage through 24 appearances and had strung together four straight victories prior to Tuesday's loss against Nashville. The 6-foot-7 netminder remains a valuable fantasy option due to his heavy workload and decent rate stats, so we wouldn't be too worried about this recent stretch. Bishop is capable of bouncing back and can be rolled out with confidence right now.
News: Roussel (illness) is expected to play in Saturday evening's contest against the Golden Knights, NHL.com reports.
Impact: The Frenchman must've had quite the nasty illness, as it caused him to miss the past four games. At any rate, we're projecting Roussel (eight points in 25 games) to reprise his role in the bottom six alongside Radek Faksa and Tyler Pitlick.
News: Bishop (back) will return to the crease for Saturday's home game against the Golden Knights, Sean Shapiro of NHL.com reports.
Impact: If you own Bishop in fantasy, hopefully his sitting out Thursday's game against the Blues was enough of a mental break, as he surrendered three goals on 15 shots to the Predators before getting pulled in favor of Kari Lehtonen four days ago. Still, Bishop has claimed 13 wins over 23 appearances, and his .910 save percentage isn't so bad considering that goals are up across the league this year. He'll certainly need to act as one of his team's best penalty killers in this next match against a Golden Knights expansion club boasting the league's third-ranked offense overall.
News: The Stars reassigned McKenzie to AHL Texas on Friday.
Impact: McKenzie's demotion indicates Antoine Roussel (illness) will likely be available for Saturday's matchup with Vegas. The 26-year-old winger tallied one helper while averaging just 7:51 of ice time during his four-game stint with the big club.
News: The Stars assigned McKenna to AHL Texas on Friday.
Impact: Ben Bishop wasn't available for Thursday's game in St. Louis due to a sore back, so McKenna was brought up to the big club to serve as Kari Lehtonen's backup against the Blues. The 34-year-old netminder's demotion suggests Bishop will likely be ready to return Saturday against the Golden Knights.
News: Lehtonen saved 24 of 26 shots during Thursday's 3-2 loss to St. Louis.
Impact: With Ben Bishop nursing a back injury, Lehtonen could be in line for a fleeting uptick in value. The veteran Finn owns a .914 save percentage and 2.34 GAA through three appearances since returning from a personal leave, and with the Stars' high-powered offense providing goal support, Lehtonen has the potential to reward. Still, Bishop could return in short order, so it's a situation to monitor.
News: Roussel (illness) won't play Thursday against the Blues.
Impact: Roussel was considered a game-time call for Thursday's tilt, so it seems as though he's likely on the verge of returning to action, although he'll have to wait until Saturday against Vegas for his next opportunity to return to the lineup. The 28-year-old winger has notched three goals and eight points in 25 games this campaign.
News: Roussel (illness) is questionable for Thursday's tilt in St. Louis, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports.
Impact: Though no information has been given about Roussel's illness itself, he's clearly dealing with something more than the sniffles seeing that he's already missed three games. Averaging 13 goals per season over the last four campaigns, Roussel has proven to be a solid depth contributor, but it may be best to steer clear of including the sixth-year Star in lineups with his health in question.
News: McKenna was promoted from AHL Texas on Thursday, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports.
Impact: Regular starter Ben Bishop (back) isn't fit to play in Thursday night's game against the Blues, so McKenna, who hails from St. Louis, will serve as the backup to No. 2 goalie Kari Lehtonen. There's no fantasy value in McKenna as a third-stringer who's only drawn into 22 NHL games between the Lightning, Devils, Jackets, Coyotes and Stars, owning a 3.48 GAA and .889 save percentage.
News: Bishop (sore back) started Saturday and stopped 34 of 38 shots after missing the 3-0 loss at St. Louis on Thursday with a sore back.
Impact: The expensive netminder has been giving the Stars their money's worth lately, having compiled a 6-2-0 record with a 2.24 goals-against average and .928 save percentage in eight appearances heading into this contest.
News: Benn had an assist in Tuesday's loss to the Predators.
Impact: Benn has registered an assist in three straight games after not recording a single point in his previous five contests.
News: Lehtonen will patrol the crease in Thursday's road game against the Blues, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports.
Impact: Ben Bishop is day-to-day with a sore back, so Lehtonen will take over as the Stars' starting netminder until Bishop is cleared to return. The 34-year-old netminder hasn't been great in limited action this season, posting a 3-3-1 record while registering a sub-par 2.80 GAA and .900 save percentage in nine appearances. He'll look to get back in the win column Thursday in a tough road matchup with a Blues club that's averaging 3.50 goals per game at home this season, eighth in the NHL.
News: Roussel (illness) wasn't able to play Tuesday against the Predators.
Impact: Roussel was fully expected to return to the lineup Tuesday, so his absence came as a complete surprise. The veteran winger was able to practice again Wednesday, putting him on track to return to action Thursday against the Blues. However, due to the unpredictability of his lingering illness, Roussel's owners should plan on checking back prior to puck drop Thursday evening for confirmation on his status against St. Louis.
News: Bishop is day-to-day with a sore back and won't travel to St. Louis for Thursday's game against the Blues, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports.
Impact: With Bishop set to miss at least one contest, the Stars will be forced to recall a goaltender, who will presumably slot into the lineup as Kari Lehtonen's backup against the Blues. Dallas should release another update on Bishop's status prior to Saturday's matchup with the Golden Knights.
News: Lehtonen allowed two goals on 17 shots after replacing an ineffective Ben Bishop early in the second period of Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Predators.
Impact: Lehtonen fared only marginally better after Bishop got the hook following three Nashville goals on 15 shots. The Finnish netminder's 2.80 GAA and .900 save percentage are right in line with his performances from the past three campaigns, so he's unlikely to challenge Bishop for the top spot in goal barring a serious slump from the starter.
News: Bishop allowed three goals on 15 shots before getting the hook in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to Nashville.
Impact: Backup Kari Lehtonen surrendered two goals on 17 shots in the final 35:34 after Bishop was pulled early in the second period. This ugly effort snapped a four-game winning streak for Bishop, who remains the clear-cut No.1 option in net for his new club.
News: Oleksiak picked up a goal, an assist and a fighting major in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to Nashville.
Impact: Oleksiak kicked off his Gordie Howe hat trick by fighting Austin Watson early in the second period. He then notched two points in the third, including a meaningless goal with 42 seconds left. The 24-year-old defenseman came in with just one point in 18 games, so don't expect another such performance any time soon.
News: Roussel (illness) is expected to return to the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Predators.
Impact: Roussel has missed the Stars' last two games due to an illness, but he was able to participate in Tuesday's morning skate, which was the first indication he'd likely be available for the evening's matchup with Nashville. The 28-year-old winger, who has notched three goals and eight points in 25 contests this campaign, will occupy a bottom-six role against the Predators.
News: Bishop will tend the twine for Tuesday night's home matchup with the Predators, Sean Shapiro of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Bishop has won six of his last seven starts and has looked outstanding while doing so, boasting a .938 save percentage with two shutouts over that span. The Colorado native will be put to the test Tuesday against a Nashville squad that was excellent in November, averaging 3.57 goals per game.
News: Dickinson was demoted to AHL Texas on Monday, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports.
Impact: Dickinson will likely find himself bouncing between leagues, considering he has been a healthy scratch in four of his previous five games on the 23-man roster. The frequent transactions will not only allow Dallas to save some cap space, but will also give the center additional reps in the minors.
News: Lehtonen made 25 saves and the Stars beat the Colorado Avalanche 7-2 on Sunday night for their fifth consecutive victory.
Impact: Lehtonen had a .921 save percentage over his last five starts as Ben Bishop's backup.
News: Shore had a goal and an assist and the Stars beat the Colorado Avalanche 7-2 on Sunday night for their fifth consecutive victory.
Impact: All three of Shore's goals - and three of his 10 assists - have come in the past eight games.
News: Ritchie scored two goals and the Stars beat the Colorado Avalanche 7-2 on Sunday night for their fifth consecutive victory.
Impact: Ritchie's only other goal this season came against Colorado - on Oct. 24.
News: Seguin scored two early goals and the Stars beat the Colorado Avalanche 7-2 on Sunday night for their fifth consecutive victory.
Impact: Seguin has five goals and two assists in his last five games and a team-high 14 goals on the season.
News: Shore scored a goal and added an assist Sunday in a 7-2 win over the Avalanche.
Impact: Shore was one of five Stars to record more than one point Sunday, with his goal coming while shorthanded in the third period against Semyon Varlamov, who entered in relief of Jonathan Bernier. With 13 points in 27 games, Shore is well on his way to eclipsing last year's 33-point career-high effort.
News: Radulov bagged a pair of assists in Sunday's 7-2 rout of Colorado.
Impact: Radulov's debut season in Big D continues to go well, as the former KHL star is now up to 25 points in 27 games. He's averaging nearly 20 minutes of ice time and has a plum role next to stars Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, both at even strength and on the power play, so Radulov isn't likely to slow down anytime soon.
News: Klingberg picked up a pair of helpers in Sunday's 7-2 win over Colorado.
Impact: The Finnish rearguard just keeps chugging along, as he's now up to four goals and 24 points -- which paces all defensemen -- in 27 games. Klingberg's 20 helpers are the ninth most in the NHL, as well, so he appears poised to make a serious run at his 48-assist, 58-point career high set as a sophomore in 2015-16.