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Spezza could miss rest of regular season for Stars

Forward has back injury, will be evaluated in two weeks

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Jason Spezza could be out for the remainder of the regular season for the Dallas Stars with a back injury.

The 34-year-old forward will be evaluated in two weeks; the regular season ends April 8, and the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin April 11.

Spezza missed his first game of the season, a 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, after leaving the morning skate early. He has 25 points (seven goals, 18 assists) in 72 games.

The Stars (38-28-8) have lost six in a row (0-4-2) and trail the Los Angeles Kings by three points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. Dallas hosts the Boston Bruins at American Airlines Center on Friday (8:30 p.m. ET; SNE, SNW, FS-SW, NESN, NHL.TV).

Dallas is also without goalie Ben Bishop (knee), defenseman Marc Methot (hand) and forward Martin Hanzal (season-ending back surgery). Forward Brett Ritchie (lower body) will play against the Bruins and Methot could return after practicing Thursday.

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