The flu bug is still going around the Texas Stars locker room.
“We’ve got a lot of guys fighting it,” Stars coach Derek Laxdal said after practice Thursday. “We talked about it on the Monday (Nov. 10) and I said, ‘Guys the flu season is here.’ Then it hit on Tuesday (Nov. 11). I’m not sure if it was kind of an omen.”
The flu hit hardest in Sunday’s 3-2 loss to the Rockford IceHogs.
Texas only dressed 17 skaters, instead of the typical 18. Radek Faksa — who took a puck to the knee on Saturday — played, but probably wouldn’t have if not for the illnesses to other players.
Laxdal gave the team Monday and Tuesday off to heal up, but a coupe players are still battling illness.
Kevin Henderson and Brett Ritchie didn’t practice Thursday, neither did Jussi Rynnas. Rynnas had tried to practice Wednesday, but had to leave early due to illness.
Laxdal said all of the sick players are “day-to-day.” However, all signs point to Jack Campbell starting in net against the San Antonio Rampage on Friday.
With two games this weekend and five in the next eight days, it’s crucial that the rest of the Stars avoid the flu.
“Just get lots of vitamins and drink lots of water, stay hydrated,” Gemel Smith said. “Kind of wash your hands and stuff like that … mainly just try and stay away from the guys that got sick, that’s what (the coaches) told us.”
Greg Rallo is also “day-to-day” with an unspecified ailment. He practiced Thursday, but was in a red no-contact jersey and didn’t participate in team drills late in practice.