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Jamie Benn day to day with foot injury

Stars captain was injured in Saturday's game, hopeful he can play Wednesday vs. Montreal

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn, who was "dinged up" in Saturday's game against Florida, did not practice Monday and is day to day.

"I feel pretty good. Just a little bit of a tweak in my foot the last game," Benn said Monday. "Just going to take it day by day. We've got a couple days here, so it will be great to get some maintenance."

Benn was injured late in the second period Saturday when the stick of Florida defenseman Mark Pysyk got caught in his skate, and Benn went down awkwardly behind the Panthers net moments before Patrick Eaves scored a power-play goal. Benn made it to the front of the net as Eaves scored and then hobbled off the ice, but he didn't miss his next shift and played the rest of the game.

After the game, Stars coach Lindy Ruff expressed concern that keeping Benn in the game might have exacerbated the issue.

"Hopefully he can get through," Ruff said after Monday's practice. "[He] is day to day. We'll see where he is the next couple days."

Video: Benn addresses the media on his health

The Stars don't play again until Wednesday when they host the Montreal Canadiens at American Airlines Center.

Benn's track record indicates it is tough to keep him out of games. He hasn't missed a game since April 11, 2014, when he got the night off on the final game of the season with the Stars already in the playoffs. He hasn't missed a game with an injury since March 2013.

He played a good part of 2014-15 on two bad hips, didn't miss a game, and won the Art Ross Trophy as the league's leader in points. Benn has had hip surgery and core muscle surgery the past two offseasons, but has not missed any regular season time as a result.

"I think it is every hockey player's mentality that they want to play every game," Benn said. "It's doing the right things and the smart things to be in or out, so we'll see what happens the next couple days here. Hopefully, I'll be in on Wednesday."

Roussel update

With Jamie Benn not practicing, Antoine Roussel took his spot on the top line with Jason Spezza and Tyler Seguin. Roussel has missed the past four games with an upper-body injury but appears to be closing in on a return.

"Antoine was full go today," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "These next couple days are going to be real important for him."

Practice Lineup

Here's how the Stars lined up in Monday's practice. Patrick Eaves (maintenance) and Jamie Benn (foot) were not on the ice.

Antoine Roussel - Jason Spezza - Tyler Seguin
Curtis McKenzie - Radek Faksa - Brett Ritchie
Lauri Korpikoski - Devin Shore - Adam Cracknell
Jiri Hudler - Cody Eakin - Patrick Sharp

Esa Lindell - John Klingberg
Dan Hamhuis - Stephen Johns
Johnny Oduya - Jordie Benn
Patrik Nemeth - Jamie Oleksiak

Kari Lehtonen
Antti Niemi

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 DallasStars.com 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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