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Faksa out, Seguin questionable for Tuesday

Faksa expected to miss at least two games, Seguin a question mark due to illness

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars had only eleven forwards for Monday's practice in Frisco. Jamie Benn (broken nose), Tyler Seguin (illness), Radek Faksa (lower body) were not on the ice.

Benn will play Tuesday against Minnesota, Seguin is a question mark, and Faksa is out for at least the next two games.

Faksa left Saturday's game late in the third period with the injury and was not ready for the start of overtime, but he did make it back to the bench before the game was over.

"He's going to miss a little bit of time. It looks like at least the next two games," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. "It doesn't look like it is serious. That's the good news. We have [the All-Star break], so we might have got away with one there."

Seguin stayed home Monday due to the illness. The Stars will take a wait and see approach with him as far as Tuesday's game.

"It's flu-like. We'll see where he is at tomorrow," Ruff said. "It depends on what today is like, if he can eat, sleep. All that goes into if he can play."

Ruff said that Seguin could end up being a game-time decision on Tuesday.

Benn suffered a broken nose when he was caught by a high stick in Saturday's game. He left late in the second period but then returned for the third and finished the game. Ruff said he wasn't concerned about Benn's status for Tuesday after not practicing Monday.

"This was just precautionary after suffering the broken nose," Ruff said.

Video: Ruff talks health of Faksa

Stars look to regroup

The Stars are looking to regroup after Saturday's tough 4-3 overtime loss to Washington. The Stars played well and built a 3-1 lead through two periods, but Washington scored twice on the power play in the third period to tie and then won 19 seconds into overtime.

"It's disappointing," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. "That might have been our best all-around compete, physicality against a real good team."

The Stars, who outshot Washington 35-22, had their chances in the game, especially on the power play. They misfired on a five-on-three power play in the first period, couldn't extend their 3-1 lead when they had a four-minute power play late in the second and couldn't cash in when they had a power play in the third with the game tied 3-3.

"We left some chances out there again," Ruff said. "Power play in the third period to win, we've got to finish those. I've stood here and explained too many times how missed opportunities have hurt us."

Despite the rough record - lately 1-3-1 in their past five and 3-6-2 in the past eleven - the Stars (19-20-9) look at the standings and see just four points standing between them and the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

"We're not that far out," said forward Adam Cracknell. "It may look bad, but there are a bunch of teams that are right there, and it's the team that is going to make the push the hardest. I think our effort [Saturday against Washington] was a good step in the right direction. If we bring that effort, we are going to win more games than we lose."

The Stars are still looking for that elusive good run, something they haven't been able to put together this season. They went on a five-game points streak (4-0-1) in December but have followed it up with this current 3-6-2 stretch.

"You always look at it one game at a time, but I think it is in the back of guys' minds that if we can go on a run, and we know we can," Cracknell said. "We just have to do it. We've been talking about it a lot lately, and unfortunately we haven't been getting results. To a man, we just have to elevate our game. We know we have it in the room and we just have to do it."

This story was not subject to approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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