Brunnstrom injures shoulder in practice

Updated: November 11, 2009, 3:31 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

FRISCO, Texas -- Forward Fabian Brunnstrom will miss a game after injuring his shoulder in practice, Dallas Stars coach Marc Crawford said Wednesday.

Brunnstrom, who did not practice Wednesday, injured his shoulder on a hit from Stephane Robidas in Tuesday's practice. Brunnstrom has one goal and six assists and is minus-1 in 17 games played this season.

James Neal (pulled groin), who leads the Stars with nine goals and is second on the team with 17 points, returned to practice Tuesday and will play at San Jose on Thursday.

Crawford juggled some of his line combinations in preparation for Thursday's game. Lines during practice were:

• Neal-Brad Richards-Loui Eriksson
• Brenden Morrow-Mike Ribeiro-Jamie Benn
• Toby Petersen-Mike Modano-Jere Lehtinen
• Steve Ott-Tom Wandell-Krys Barch

If that holds, Brian Sutherby would be the healthy scratch.

Crawford said Lehtinen helped the Morrow-Ribeiro line shore itself up defensively and he wants to pair him now with Modano because they have played together for a while now. He also likes Petersen's skill on that line. Crawford also feels that Steve Ott and Tom Wandell could have some chemistry.

The decision to likely play Barch is to keep all players involved. Crawford has said he doesn't want one player sitting out consistently and not staying ready.

Richard Durrett covers the Stars for ESPNDallas.com. E-mail richard.durrett@espn3.com.

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