Texas Stars notes: Jussi Rynnas debuts new mask, Brett Ritchie “day-to-day”

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Jussi Rynnas is expected to make his return to the lineup when the Texas Stars play three games in four nights wrapped around Thanksgiving.

“It’s nice to be back in practice and it’ll be nice to be back in the game,” Rynnas, who was fighting the flu, said after practice Tuesday. “I’m here for playing hockey. So its frustrating being out of the lineup.”

Whether he gets the start tomorrow or Friday, Rynnas will be debuting a newly-painted mask after wearing a white helmet earlier this season. Rynnas took the time after practice Tuesday to explain the elements on his mask.

“There’s the Texas Stars logo and my baby (is) on the back,” Rynnas said. “And back home we have a racing club. It’s like kind of a group of people who play soccer and stuff like that, that’s the story with that. It’s my friend’s dad, he’s the face of our racing club.”

Rynnas said he had a couple pictures and ideas that he gave to the painter, who then worked all the elements together.

Henderson healthy, Ritchie day-to-day

Kevin Henderson practiced Tuesday and is expected to be back in the lineup Wednesday after battling the flu.

“Our team is fighting through a few things right now and it’s good to get back on the ice,” Henderson said. “It’s good to get back with the team … it was kind of a day-by-day thing. I’m happy to be able to help my teammates again. Hopefully we can get off this (losing) streak we’re in.”

Stars coach Derek Laxdal said Brett Ritchie is still “day-to-day” with a lower body injury. Ritchie suffered the injury against Grand Rapids and Laxdal said he’s hopeful that the forward would practice tomorrow.

Laxdal said Ritchie could be in the lineup this weekend if practice goes well Wednesday.

McKenzie back in Texas

Curtis McKenzie practiced with Texas on Tuesday after getting sent down from Dallas.

McKenzie appeared in seven games and scored his first NHL goal during the call-up.

“It was good,” McKenzie said. “It was definitely a lot better going up there the second time. I felt a lot more comfortable and confident in the game.”

McKenzie was skating with Travis Morin and Brendan Ranford on Texas’ top line in practice.

Stars lines in practice:

–Scott Glennie wasn’t on a pure line.
–Taylor Peters didn’t practice.
–Defensive pairs were rotating and all seven defensemen practiced.

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