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Hintz misses Stars' game against Panthers with injury

Center held out of Dallas' lineup because of lower-body injury; Caamano, Gardner called up from taxi squad

by Jeff Odom @jeffodom / DallasStars.com

Stars center Roope Hintz did not play in Wednesday's 3-0 shutout win over the Florida Panthers because of a lower-body injury.

The team announced Hintz's status shortly before the late afternoon puck drop at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. No timetable has been set for his return with two games remaining on this weeklong road trip.

Tweet from @DallasStars: Forward Roope Hintz is out tonight with a lower-body injury. #GoStars

Hintz, who previously missed time this season due to injury, entered Wednesday's contest third on the team in goals (four) and fifth in points (10). He finished Monday's 3-1 loss to Florida with three shots on goal, one hit and a minus-1 rating in 19:12 of ice time -- the highest among all Dallas forwards.

Hintz's absence -- along with winger Alexander Radulov, who remains on injured reserve with a lower-body injury and isn't expected back until sometime after the Stars return to American Airlines Center for a lengthy home stay next week -- forced coach Rick Bowness to tweak his lineup.

Here's how the team skated during pregame warmup:

Joel Kiviranta - Jason Dickinson - Joe Pavelski

Jamie Benn - Radek Faksa - Denis Gurianov

Andrew Cogliano - Rhett Gardner - Blake Comeau

Jason Robertson - Justin Dowling - Nick Caamano

Esa Lindell - John Klingberg

Jamie Oleksiak - Miro Heiskanen

Andrej Sekera - Mark Pysyk

Anton Khudobin

Jake Oettinger

"We've been trying to find a replacement for Rads and now we're trying to figure out something without Roope," Bowness said.

Among the adjustments, Nick Caamano and Rhett Gardner entered the lineup after being called up from the taxi squad before the game. Caamano registered a pair of hits in 10 minutes of playing time, and Gardner was credited with a hit and a blocked shot in 8:31.

Bowness praised Caamano's energy boost following Dallas' victory, which snapped a six-game winless skid.

"That's what he's there for," Bowness said. "He's a great skater, he's a physical player. He gets the puck in and they know he's coming, so, very, very happy with Nick's performance tonight. That's why we have him in the lineup."

Dallas finishes its back-to-back with the Panthers on Thursday at 6 p.m. CT before making the short trip to Tampa to kick off a home-and-home rematch with the defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning on Saturday at Amalie Arena and Tuesday at the AAC.

This post has been updated.

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

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

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