It turns out there was more than a muscle issue troubling Stars center Tyler Seguin. Just prior to Sunday’s game against Edmonton, the Stars announced that Seguin was out with concussion-like symptoms.
Seguin suffered the injury in Friday’s 2-1 shootout loss to Chicago. Stars coach Lindy Ruff said that Seguin is day to day.
“Earlier in the week he had a little bit of a muscle strain that we kept him off the ice for. These two incidents aren’t related,” Ruff said. “It was just a hit that didn’t seem like too much, but just caught him right and he wasn’t feeling good the next morning.”
“We went through the (concussion) protocol this morning with our doctor coming in and doing the testing on him and ruling him out. As soon as he feels better, can exercise and the symptoms go away, he’ll be back getting ready to play.”
Ruff said that Seguin will travel with the Stars as they head out on the road this week for games at Chicago (Tuesday) and Toronto (Thursday).
Oleksiak gets the nod on defense
With Stephane Robidas out due to a leg fracture, Jamie Oleksiak got the call to take the open spot on defense Sunday night.
Oleksiak, called up from Texas of the AHL on Saturday, was paired with Brenden Dillon. He played 18:38 in the game, had three hits and two blocked shots.
“He was good,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “Like I said this morning, I thought we could use him against some of their speed guys and their skill guys, and I thought he did a nice job.”
*The Stars are 4-3-4 at home this season.
*The Stars outshot the Oilers 45-32 in the game. The 45 shots were a season-high for the Stars.
*Ryan Garbutt led the Stars with 8 shots on goal. The 8 shots were a career-high for Garbutt and a season-high for a Stars’ player.
*Garbutt, who scored two goals, has 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists) in his last 3 games.
*The Stars were 0-4 on the power play. They are now 1-37 on the power play at home.
*The Stars, who are 4-57 (7.0 percent) on the power play over their last 17 games, now rank 30th in the league at 10.5 percent for the season.
The Stars were 6-6 on the penalty kill.
*The Stars are 4-4 in games settled beyond regulation. They are 3-3 in shootouts and 1-1 in four-on-four overtime.
*The Stars won 35 of 57 (61 percent) of faceoffs. Vernon Fiddler won 13 of 15 faceoffs. Shawn Horcoff won 5 of 6.
Jamie Benn – Cody Eakin – Alex Chiasson
Ray Whitney – Rich Peverley – Erik Cole
Antoine Roussel – Vernon Fiddler – Ryan Garbutt
Dustin Jeffrey – Shawn Horcoff – Valeri Nichushkin
Alex Goligoski – Trevor Daley
Brenden Dillon – Jamie Oleksiak
Jordie Benn – Sergei Gonchar
Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Injured: Tyler Seguin (concussion-like symptoms), Aaron Rome (muscle)
Scratched: Kevin Connauton
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