After six-game absence, Spezza back for Stars tonight

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Dallas will get one of its key forward pieces back tonight, as Jason Spezza returns to the lineup after missing the last six games with an upper-body injury.

Spezza, who was hurt on a Francois Beauchemin check against Colorado on Feb. 4, will center the Stars’ second line between Cody Eakin and Antoine Roussel. That’s not the only line shift for Lindy Ruff’s team as it takes on Arizona — Patrick Sharp is back playing the wing on the top line, taking Patrick Eaves‘ spot next to Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.

Eaves has dropped down to play on a line with Vernon Fiddler and Colton Sceviour.

Getting Spezza back adds more firepower to one of the NHL’s most dynamic offenses. He has 18 goals and 40 points in 52 games this season — to put that in perspective, 40 points would make him the highest-scoring forward on the Coyotes roster.

In Dallas, Spezza’s fourth behind Benn, Seguin and Sharp.

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