John Klingberg and Roope Hintz each could return to the lineup for the Dallas Stars when they host the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-SW, NBCSCH, NHL.TV).
“We’ll make a final decision tomorrow, but there is a likelihood,” coach Jim Montgomery said after practice Friday.
Klingberg, who has four points (one goal, three assists) in 17 games, has missed the past six with a lower-body injury.
“I feel good. First real practice with the team here,” the defenseman said. “I’ve been waiting a few days. … I feel like I’m in pretty good shape here and we’ll see tomorrow.”
Hintz, who leads the Stars with nine goals and has 11 points in 16 games, has missed the past seven with a lower-body injury.
“I’m 100 percent now so it’s good,” the forward said. “I feel pretty good right now, it’s nice to be back on the ice.”
The Stars have won five straight games and 12 of their past 14 (12-1-1) but Klingberg said doesn’t think his return will alter the team’s momentum.
“I know what my game is and I think the coaches know what my game is too so I’m going to go in and play my game and keep helping this team win,” Klingberg said. “I’m going to play my game but at the same time, I have to feel the timing, get the momentum in my game as well and take it from there.”
Hintz scored three goals in his previous three games prior to the injury.
“Just play the game and don’t think too much about mistakes or anything,” he said. “Just go play and have fun. … It’s great to watch that from up top. The last 14 games it’s been really good so it’s nice to see that. Just keep doing that same thing every day.”