Stars' Brad Richards skates

Updated: February 25, 2011, 4:04 PM ET
By Mark Stepneski |

Dallas Stars center Brad Richards will miss his sixth consecutive game with concussion-like symptoms despite skating Thursday for the first time since the injury.

"Brad is getting better," Stars coach Marc Crawford said Friday. "He is improving. There's not much more to tell you. He won't play [Saturday]. We're hopeful that Sunday is even a better day for him."

Richards didn't travel with the team but skated in Frisco, Texas. He was injured Feb. 13 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Stars currently sit in seventh place in the Western Conference, but they are one of five teams with 70 points battling for the last two playoff spots. They face the Nashville Predators on Saturday.

"We're hopeful that we get another shot in the arm with the return of Brad and Nick Grossman," Crawford said. "Those are two guys that are big parts of our club as well. In the interim, you just have to be patient. Those are both injuries that require the players do what the medical people tell them."

Grossman, a defenseman, has missed the past five games with a hip injury.

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Mark Stepneski joined in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.