Dallas Stars forward Erik Cole missed Saturday afternoon’s game with an upper body injury. Cole, who is listed as day to day, was injured in Thursday’s game at Philadelphia.
“He suffered a little bit of a minor injury in the game,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “We didn’t know until this morning whether he’d be ready to go and he wasn’t able to. We’ll get some further tests on him tomorrow. It was kind of the same thing he was hampered with earlier in the year.”
Alex Chiasson was questionable going into the game with an undisclosed injury, but he did play. Shawn Horcoff returned to the lineup after missing four games with a broken pinkie finger.
Senators lose Ryan
The Ottawa Senators lost forward Bobby Ryan in the third period of Saturday’s game when he collided with Stars forward Cody Eakin and then slammed hard into the end boards. Ryan was down on the ice for a short time before being helped to the Senators’ locker room. Senators coach Paul MacLean didn’t have much of an update after the game.
“Not at this time. We’re not sure. It’s kind of up in the air,” Ryan said. “It’s not something that’s definite. It’s just a re-aggravation of something. We’ll see how it is tomorrow.”
*The Stars are 6-1-1 in their last eight home games.
*The Stars improved to 6-5-1 since the Olympic break.
*The Stars are 2-5-3 when they register 40 or more shots in a game.
*The Stars outshot the Senators 44-27.
*Jamie Benn led the Stars with six shots on goal.
*The Stars were 0-5 on the power play and 4-4 on the penalty kill.
*The Stars won 29 of 59 faceoffs (49 percent). Tyler Seguin won 8 of 13. Vernon Fiddler won 7 of 13. Jamie Benn won 6 of 13. Cody Eakin won 6 of 16. Ottawa’s Zack Smith won 15 of 21.
*Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson logged a game-high 30:12 of ice time.
*Stars captain Jamie Benn scored his 30th goal of the season. Benn has scored a goal in six of the last eight games and has seven goals during that stretch.
*Tyler Seguin picked up an assist to run his points streak to eight games (six goals, nine assists, 15 points).
*Stars defenseman Jordie Benn registered two assists for the first multi-point game of his career.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Valeri Nichushkin
Ray Whitney – Cody Eakin – Colton Sceviour
Antoine Roussel – Vernon Fiddler – Ryan Garbutt
Shawn Horcoff – Chris Mueller – Alex Chiasson
Alex Goligoski –Trevor Daley
Jordie Benn – Brenden Dillon
Aaron Rome – Sergei Gonchar
Scratched: Kevin Connauton
Injured: Erik Cole (upper body), Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat)
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