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Klingberg out for Stars against Golden Knights

Defenseman excused from Friday's game for personal reasons, team announced

by Jeff Odom @jeffodom /

DALLAS -- The Stars were without one of their best defensemen for Friday's matchup against the Vegas Golden Knights at American Airlines Center.

Prior to puck drop, the team announced that John Klingberg had been excused from the game due to personal reasons.

Tweet from @DallasStars: Update: Stars defenseman John Klingberg has been excused from tonight���s game against the Golden Knights due to personal reasons.#VGKvsDAL | #GoStars

With Klingberg out, Taylor Fedun checked back into the lineup for the first time since Nov. 26 at Chicago and scored his second goal of the season in the first period.

Video: VGK@DAL: Fedun snipes sharp wrist shot past Subban

An All-Star in 2018, Klingberg has two goals and eight assists in 26 games this season. He previously missed time in November with a lower-body injury.

The Stars' lines looked like this during warmup:

Tweet from @MikeHeika: Well, the guess is Fedun is playing tonight.Here were the Stars in warm-ups:Benn-Janmark-SeguinRadulov-Hintz-PavelskiCogliano-Faksa-ComeauGurianov-Dickinson-PerryLindell-HeiskanenOleksiak-PolakSekera-Bishop

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club.

Jeff Odom is the manager of and writes about the Stars/NHL. Follow him on Twitter @jeffodom.

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