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Desperate Stars get Spezza back from five-game absence

Dallas Stars v Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 11: Jason Spezza #90 of the Dallas Stars during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on November 11, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. The Stars defeated the Coyotes 4-3. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Dallas needs wins, and in a major way.

So the club is no doubt pleased with today’s development -- Jason Spezza, out since Feb. 2 with an upper-body injury, will return to the lineup when the Stars take on the Jets in Winnipeg.

Ironically enough, Spezza’s return comes against the same team that put him on the shelf. Two weeks ago, Jets forward Adam Lowry rocked the veteran center with this hit:

That put the 33-year-old on the shelf for five games, during which Dallas went 1-4-0. That includes Sunday’s disheartening loss in Nashville, in which the Stars blew a 3-0 lead.

Spezza’s one of the best setup men on the team, trailing only Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin in assists, so it wasn’t surprising to see him take line rushes at center alongside Seguin at the morning skate.

The Stars are hoping his return provides a spark. They head into tonight’s game six points back of L.A. for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference.