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Ray Whitney didn't end up playing on the top line in Game 2, but coach Lindy Ruff is looking for more from the veteran forward.

"I think Game 1 was a hard game for Ray. Coming off an injury, the level of energy in that game was more than he had seen. There were times he wasn't quite up to pace," Ruff said. "But I would expect more from Ray [Friday]. He's a veteran guy who we think can make those plays." The 41-year-old winger picked up nine goals and 32 points in 69 games during the regular season. He doesn't have a point in two playoff matches so far.

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Stars coach Lindy Ruff is planning on making lineup changes for Game 2, but he naturally didn't want to go into specifics.

Ray Whitney skated alongside Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin during Friday's skate, but Ruff downplayed that. "We just did a warm-up and I said any three guys go," Ruff said. Whitney said he wasn't sure what line he would end up on.

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Ray Whitney (lower body) will play in Dallas' postseason opener on Wednesday.

Whitney missed the Stars' last six regular season contests. Look for him to play alongside Shawn Horcoff and Alex Chiasson on the team's fourth line.

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Ray Whitney (lower body) won't be available for Friday's game.

It sounds like Whitney is close to returning though. He might play on Sunday if the Stars need to win that game to make the playoffs. If not, he will probably continue to rest until the postseason.

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Ray Whitney (lower body) will not return on Wednesday.

It will be the fourth straight game that Whitney's missed. He has nine goals and 32 points in 69 contests this season.

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Ray Whitney didn't last long in Thursday's contest because of a lower-body injury.

He played just two shifts for 45 seconds of ice time against Carolina before he was forced to exit. Whitney wasn't able to return and he's being listed as day-to-day.

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Ray Whitney returned to action on Saturday March 29.

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Ray Whitney (illness) will be a game-time decision on Friday.

Whitney missed Thursday's practice due to the illness, but he is feeling better at this point. He has eight goals and 21 assists in 65 games this season.

Ray Whitney LW DAL 26 Days

Ray Whitney didn't practice Thursday because of an illness.

He still could be in the lineup for Friday's game against Nashville, but the Stars called up Chris Mueller as insurance. Whitney's status should be clearer after Dallas' morning skate.

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Ray Whitney ended a 12-game goalless drought in Monday's win over Winnipeg.

He has produced just eight goals and 29 points in 64 matches this season. Whitney has a goal and an assist in his last two outings, as he's trying to help lead by example down the stretch to help Dallas earn a playoff spot.