Game 3: STARS at WILD
Western Conference First Round
Dallas leads best-of-7 series 2-0
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, FS-SW, FS-N, FS-WI, SN, TVA Sports 2
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin will not play Monday in Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center.
Seguin remained in Dallas to rehab an injury coach Lindy Ruff said is related to the Achilles ailment that cost him 11 games, including Game 1 of this series. Seguin played 15:40 in Game 2 but did not practice Sunday.
"He can't play right now," Ruff said. "[The injury is] related and might be kind of a fallout of all of the sudden playing at a high pace."
Stars general manager Jim Nill told the Dallas Morning News that Seguin is day-to-day but "could be called in if needed."
The Stars will also be without defenseman Kris Russell, who is sick. Jordie Benn, a healthy scratch in Games 1 and 2, is expected to play. Benn had three goals and nine assists in 64 games during the regular season. One of those goals came against the Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Dec. 21.
"Jordie, for most of the year, has been in one of those top six [spots]," Ruff said. "Obviously [it's] tough to sit outside because even the last couple of games [during the regular season] he played really well for us. It's an opportunity for him to step back in and be a difference maker for us."
Minnesota forward Zach Parise remains sidelined with a back injury. The Wild have scored one goal in two games against Dallas without their leading goal scorer during the regular season.
"It's the biggest game of the year and we have to be ready from the start," captain Mikko Koivu said. "We went in the right direction in Game 2, but we know we need to be better tonight."
The Wild recalled eight players Monday from Iowa of the American Hockey League to serve as "Black Aces," but one could be inserted into the lineup for Game 3.
Forward Kurtis Gabriel could be the answer to Dallas' Antoine Roussel, who has been an agitating presence through two games. He scored the first goal in the 2-1 win in Game 2.
If Gabriel plays, it would be the first Stanley Cup Playoff appearance of his career.
"Hard-working kid, good on the walls, physical, likes to fight. The kind of player you like," Wild coach John Torchetti said. "There's [usually] no fighting [in the playoffs], but physical, size, finish checks."
Devan Dubnyk starts in net for Minnesota. Kari Lehtonen starts for Dallas.
Here are the projected lineups:
Jamie Benn - Cody Eakin - Patrick Sharp
Mattias Janmark - Jason Spezza - Valeri Nichushkin
Antoine Roussel - Radek Faksa - Ales Hemsky
Colton Sceviour - Vernon Fiddler - Patrick Eaves
Alex Goligoski - John Klingberg
Johnny Oduya - Stephen Johns
Jordie Benn - Jason Demers
Injured: Brett Ritchie (lower body), Tyler Seguin (Achilles), Kris Russell (sick)
Scratched: Travis Moen, Patrik Nemeth, Jamie Oleksiak
Mikael Granlund - Mikko Koivu - David Jones
Nino Niederreiter - Erik Haula - Jason Pominville
Jason Zucker - Charlie Coyle - Justin Fontaine
Chris Porter - Zac Dalpe - Kurtis Gabriel
Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon
Marco Scandella - Nate Prosser
Jonas Brodin - Matt Dumba
Injured: Zach Parise (back), Thomas Vanek (upper body)
Scratched: Ryan Carter, Christian Folin, Jordan Schroeder, Jarret Stoll
Status update: Moen took reps with the fourth line and could play on the left wing in place of Sceviour. ... Carter would likely skate on Minnesota's fourth line if Gabriel doesn't play.
Who's hot: Jamie Benn has four points in the series, including a goal in each game. ... Dubnyk has allowed five goals on 59 shots in two games (.915 save percentage).