Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn will play against the Detroit Red Wings at American Airlines Center on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW+, FS-D, NHL.TV) after missing four games because of a foot injury.
Benn last played during a 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Dec. 31. Prior to the injury, he had missed one game in a span of 307. His 34 points (10 goals, 24 assists) are second on the Stars behind forward Tyler Seguin's 41 (15 goals, 26 assists).
Forward Patrick Eaves will also play after leaving in the third period of a 2-0 loss at the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday because of an undisclosed injury. Defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, however, will be out a couple of weeks because of a hand injury, coach Lindy Ruff said.
The Stars (17-17-8) have lost four of their past five games (1-3-1) and are two points behind the Los Angeles Kings for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.