Stars to head home this afternoon after plane issue grounds them in Detroit

The Dallas Stars are expected to leave Detroit at 2 p.m. Central Time this afternoon after an unexpected overnight stay in Detroit following last night’s 2-1 victory over the Red Wings.

The Stars planned to leave Detroit shortly after Tuesday night’s game, but a mechanical problem with the team’s plane kept them grounded.

“The problem occurred shortly after de-icing, as a valve for one of the engines malfunctioned,” Stars communications coordinator Greg Ramirez explained in a release to the media. “As a precaution, the decision was made not to fly out and the team stayed at a hotel near Detroit.

“Everyone is safe.”

The Stars were scheduled to practice in Frisco this morning, but the delay in Detroit has led the Stars to scrap those plans and not practice on Wednesday.

They’ll have their usual pregame skate at the American Airlines Center Thursday as they prepare to take on the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday night at the AAC.

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