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Stars' Seguin out for Game 5 against Wild

Dallas center continues to rehab cut Achilles tendon

by Steve Hunt / NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin will not play Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round against the Minnesota Wild at American Airlines Center on Friday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports, FS-N, FS-WI, FS-SW).

Stars coach Lindy Ruff couldn't offer much else when asked for an update on Seguin's status during media availability Thursday morning.

"No [there is no update], [he] just continues to rehab," Ruff said of Seguin.


 

The Stars lead the best-of-7 series 3-1 and can advance to the second round with a win Friday.

Seguin is resting in Dallas and remains day-to-day. He has been rehabbing a cut Achilles tendon that kept him out of the final 11 regular-season games, as well as Games 1, 3, and 4 against the Wild.

Seguin, who sustained his injury March 17 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, played 15:40 in Game 2. He had one shot on goal and four hits. Seguin did not travel with the Stars to Minnesota for Games 3 and 4.

Dallas is 10-3-0 during Seguin's absence.

With Seguin unavailable for most of this series, Ruff has used a top line of captain Jamie Benn, center Cody Eakin and Patrick Sharp on the right.

Ruff began Game 4 with that combination before switching Benn, who leads Dallas with six points (four assists) in the series, to a line centered by Jason Spezza (four points) with Patrick Eaves (three points) on the right. It was one of several line changes Ruff made in the 3-1 win on Thursday at Xcel Energy Center.

"Well, [that was all about] the matchups," Ruff said. "He [Wild coach John Torchetti] obviously gets the last change, so I wanted to pose a few problems for him and see how he was going to react to different looks.

"I thought for the most part, [Cody] Eakin, [Mattias] Janmark and [Patrick] Sharp were doing a real good job. The [Jason] Spezza line ended up getting us a big goal. The [Radek] Faksa line, I thought had a good night, didn't get much offensively but didn't give up much, so for me every line really was playing as well as I thought they could. Even the [Vernon] Fiddler line was in on a couple of opportunities."

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