Jokipakka tallied his first career NHL goal in Thursday's 3-2 win over Edmonton. After going without a point for 13 games, Jokipakka tipped in a shot from Cody Eakin for his first goal of the season. The Finnish defenseman is on pace for 10 points this season; however, he is not usually a scorer, so don't expect him to continue his production.
Jokipakka (lower body) took line rushes in pregame warmups, indicating he will play Tuesday against the Sabres, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Jokipakka missed the Stars' previous two games with a lower-body injury, but returned to practice Tuesday, and will draw back into Dallas' lineup for Tuesday evening's tilt against Buffalo. He is expected to skate alongside Jordie Benn on the Stars' third pairing in the contest.
Jokipakka will not play on Thursday against Winnipeg, in what's being called "a little bit of maintenance." Jokipakka has been solid on the ice this season, but he's not scoring a ton. His pairing with Jordie Benn makes for a solid shut down unit that isn't tasked with contributing offensively.
Jokipakka had an assist and a plus-1 rating in Thursday's overtime victory against the Canucks. Jokipakka has played nine of the team's 10 games, showing that coach Lindy Ruff wants to turn to him, even though the team is carrying eight defensemen. Unfortunately, even if he's in the lineup he's not producing much with just four shots on the year and an average ice time of 13:56.
Jyrki Jokipakka signed a two-year contract extension with the Stars on Monday.
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