Ray Whitney’s Return Will Give Dallas Stars a Huge Boost Offensively

Ray Whitney

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The Dallas Stars will finally have some veteran presence on the ice when they host the Anaheim Ducks tonight at the American Airlines Arena.

After missing five straight games with a groin injury, veteran forward Ray Whitney will make his return to the lineup against the Ducks. His lone presence should give the Stars a boost to end the two-game losing streak.

Head Coach Lindy Ruff confirmed he’ll be back in a familiar spot as he’ll line up with Alex Chiasson and Cody Eakin, two young players that will only benefit from Whitney’s presence on the ice. The 41-year-old forward will also skate with the power play unit where his experience could be key with a man advantage.

Whitney hasn’t filled out the stat sheet this season with just one goal and seven assists in 17 games, but his contributions to this team are beyond statistics and points. He’s the veteran of the group, and he has all the trust of coach Ruff to be the on-ice coach much like Jaromir Jagr was at times last year. He’s also a guy that can lead the youngsters through the stress of the regular season, and his return will only benefit the team as a whole.

Whitney can also put up points when needed, so he could make an impact on the ice as soon as he returns. The Stars miss him and his return could be the spark needed to stop the two-game losing skid they are currently going through.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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