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Hintz misses Stars' game against Red Wings with injury

The center is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury; Pysyk moves from defense to forward vs. Detroit

by Jeff Odom @jeffodom / DallasStars.com

Roope Hintz was held out of Tuesday's overtime win against the Red Wings because of a lower-body injury, the Stars announced shortly before puck drop at American Airlines Center.

The center, who scored his first goal of the season in Sunday's win over Nashville, is listed as day-to-day.

Tweet from @DallasStars: Forward Roope Hintz is day-to-day with a lower body injury and will not play in tonight���s game.#DETvsDAL | #GoStars

"He just didn't feel great this morning, so it was the right decision to not let him play," Stars coach Rick Bowness said of Hintz after the game. "We'll see how he feels (Wednesday)."

With Hintz sidelined, defenseman Mark Pysyk moved to right wing, skating with left wing Nick Caamano and taxi squad call-up Rhett Gardner, who made his season debut centering the Stars' fourth line. An offseason free-agent signing, the versatile Pysyk played both defense and forward with the Florida Panthers last season, notably notching his first career hat trick against the Maple Leafs in February.

Pysyk finished with one shot on net and two hits in 8:33 of ice time.

"He did a wonderful job for us," Bowness said. "He did the job that we needed him to do."

Video: NSH@DAL: Hintz sneaks puck through for PPG

Hintz's injury was the latest blow for a Stars team already playing shorthanded through the season's first two games. Captain Jamie Benn remains sidelined due to a lower-body injury sustained on opening night, Blake Comeau is working his way back from COVID protocol and Joel Kiviranta was placed on injured reserve Sunday with a lower-body issue.

The Stars are also without Tyler Seguin (offseason hip surgery), Ben Bishop (offseason knee surgery) and Stephen Johns (post-traumatic headaches).

"Our philosophy here is next man up," Bowness said. "We weren't sure of our lineup until we got here tonight. We had to make adjustments and these guys found a way. Every game is not going to be a Picasso and we've said that before.

"Sometimes you just have to find a way to win a game. We did that."

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

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

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