The Dallas Stars didn’t skate this morning in Denver, where they’ll take on the Colorado Avalanche tonight, but there were some updates on the injury front.
Center Tyler Seguin is expected to miss 3-6 weeks with a knee injury. Seguin was injured in Friday night’s game when he was hit low at the knees by Florida defenseman Dmitry Kulikov.
As for Kulikov – who received a clipping major and game misconduct Friday night – he’s been offered an in-person hearing for the hit on Seguin. An in-person hearing is offered when a suspension could exceed five games.
“It’s a play that I don’t like,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “It’s a dirty, low play that I don’t like. The league doesn’t like it, and I want to see the league deal with it.”
Forward Patrick Eaves, who was hit in the head with a puck in Friday’s game, went to the hospital for x-rays but is now back home. He is out with a concussion.
“His scans were negative, which is great news,” Ruff said. “No fractures, no nothing. He is feeling better. It’s a little bit on the concussion side.”
Forward Ales Hemsky, who left Friday’s game in the first period with a lower body injury, could be back by early next week.
“Hemsky is seeing the doctor and having a procedure this morning. That may help him, and he may be back right away. We’ll know more Monday,” Ruff said. “There’s a chance he could play as early as next week.”
With those three players out, the Stars recalled forwards Travis Morin and Brett Ritchie from the Texas Stars of the AHL. To make room for them on the roster both Seguin and Eaves were placed on injured reserve.
As for how lines will be put together for tonight’s game, Ruff offered some of what he is thinking. For now, he is leaning towards leaving Jamie Benn on the wing and possibly playing him with Cody Eakin.
“There’s been lots of schools of thought this morning with [Jamie] Benn going up with [Jason] Spezza, but [Erik] Cole has been playing pretty good there on the left side. We could move him over,” Ruff said. “I’d like to balance the lines and maybe leave the Cole-Spezza combination together, possibly throw [Brett] Ritchie up on the right side or leave [Colton] Sceviour there. I think I’ll start the game with [Benn and Spezza] separated and if need be, I’ll put those two guys together.”
Enroth in goal tonight vs. Avalanche
Jhonas Enroth, acquired from Buffalo on Wednesday, will make his Dallas Stars debut in tonight’s game at Colorado. Stars coach Lindy Ruff was asked what he expects from Enroth and how challenging a start it will be considering the team’s injury situation.
“I think he is wrapping his arms around the opportunity,” Ruff said. “I think the guys would really like to pull together and play well in front of him. It seems to be a trend with us when we’ve got a game that means something outside the game. I like the opportunity he has here. We haven’t had a lot of luck here (in Denver) and maybe he can help us get a win.”
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