The Dallas Stars were back on the ice for practice Tuesday and the biggest news to come out of it is that defenseman Marc Methot is on the verge of returning to the lineup. "Unless he has a setback, he is good to go Friday," Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said of Methot. Friday is the next game for the Stars, who will host the St. Louis Blues at American Airlines Center. If Methot plays, it will be just his second game since Nov. 6. He's missed 41 games this season due to a knee issue. Methot went out in early November, had arthroscopic knee surgery, returned January 4 for one game, and then went out again and has missed the last 15 games. Methot began skating in late January and returned to full practices last week as he worked his way back from the injury. He should get in three good practices this week before Friday's game. "I feel okay. It's been really long. I've never dealt with anything like this before, so it is just something I've had to be patient with," Methot said. "I'm here working my tail off every day, so I'm hoping that when I do come back, I'll be prepared and well-conditioned." Methot will get back in the lineup for a team that has been on a strong run for almost two months. Since Dec. 21, the Stars are 15-6-1 and rank second in the NHL with 31 points during that stretch.