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Jiri Hudler ill, could miss game vs. Nashville Predators

13 OCT 2016: Dallas Stars Left Wing Jiri Hudler (22) during the NHL game between the Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. Dallas defeats Anaheim 4-2. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire)

Jiri Hudler is still waiting to record his first point as a member of the Dallas Stars – but there’s a strong possibility he won’t be able to do so during Dallas’ game against the Nashville Predators.

The Stars reported, via the team’s official Twitter account, that the veteran forward is currently ill and is therefore doubtful to play in tomorrow’s game against the Predators. His specific illness was not given by the team.

Drafted in the second round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings, the 32-year-old forward spent the majority of his career skating with the Atlantic Division club, only departing for the Calgary Flames in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.

He then spent the following four seasons with Calgary, departing for the Florida Panthers at the trade deadline in the 2015-16 campaign. He signed as a free agent with the Stars this summer.

Last season, Hudler put up 16 goals and 46 points through a collective 72 games between Calgary and Florida, so Dallas is hoping that he’ll be able to serve as a quality supplementary offensive piece this year, as well. Hopefully, his illness will be short-lived, and he’ll be able to return to the lineup sooner rather than later.

The Stars will face the Predators at 7:00 PM CST on Tuesday, travelling to Nashville to play the game on the road. They’ll look to improve upon a 1-1-0 record through their first two games of the 2016-17 season.

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