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Jamie Benn of Stars day to day with foot injury

Captain hopes to play against Canadiens on Wednesday

by Sean Shapiro / Correspondent

FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn is day to day with a foot injury. 

"Little bit of a tweak in my foot last game," said Benn, who did not practice Monday. "We'll just take [it] day by day. We've got a couple days here [before the next game]."

The Stars play the Montreal Canadiens at American Airlines Center on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; SN360, SNE, SNO, FS-SW, RDS, NHL.TV). 

Benn was injured in the second period of a 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Dec. 31. He went awkwardly into the boards and was slow to get up before forward Patrick Eaves scored on the power play with Benn in front of the net.

Benn didn't miss a shift after a slow skate back to the bench. 

"I don't know if that was the smartest decision or not," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said after the game. "Hopefully we didn't create a bigger problem."

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Benn has a history of injuries and playing through them. Despite having offseason surgery on his hip and a core muscle the past two seasons, Benn hasn't missed a game since he appeared in 81 during the 2013-14 season. 

"I think it's every hockey player's mentality that they want to play every game," Benn said. "It's doing the right things and the smart things to be in or out. We'll see what happens the next couple days here and hopefully be in Wednesday."

Benn's 34 points (10 goals, 24 assists) are second on the Stars behind forward Tyler Seguin, who has 38 points, but he admitted Monday that his season can be a lot better. He had 89 points (41 goals, 48 assists) last season, second in the NHL behind Patrick Kane's 106.

"I think recently the play has been where we needed it," Ruff said. "I think he's been up and down in that whole stretch where our top players have struggled to be the guys that can be difference makers night in and night out." 

Stars left wing Antoine Roussel was a full participant in practice Monday and is closer to returning from an upper-body injury sustained Dec. 21.

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