The Stars have some tough choices coming up.

One they have to decide who will be healthy and two they have to decide how many extra forwards they want to keep around.

With Rich Peverley sidelined by an irregular heartbeat the Stars have just 12 forwards including Lane MacDermid. The Stars had planned on keeping eight defensemen and just 13 forwards and MacDermid was expected to be the extra man. But with Peverley expected to miss at least the first game of the season there is a real thought that Dallas can juggle a few things now and possibly keep a couple of extra forwards.

Colton Sceviour gave the Stars coaches and front office a lot to think about on Tuesday night. Sceviour 24 has been a good soldier and is about to start his fifth season in the organization. In the last four seasons he has played 294 games in the AHL and two in the NHL.

When he has been playing well and healthy the Stars didn’t need him. When they needed him he wasn’t playing well or healthy. But he seems to be playing very well right now and the Stars seem to need him.

Scott Glennie is out with a knee injury. Brett Ritchie has a lower body contusion and probably needs to start in the AHL in his first professional season. Chris Mueller and Luke Gazdic have been good but not as good as Sceviour. Matej Stransky has not grabbed what seems to be a great opportunity.

So with two pre-season games remaining Sceviour might very well find himself in the opening lineup Oct. 3 against the Florida Panthers.

The Stars started slowly on Tuesday getting outshot 10-1 in the first period despite having two power plays. Kari Lehtonen held them in a scoreless game and they came out strong in the second period. Dallas scored four goals from 5:18 to 9:44 of the second period to take a 4-0 lead.