The Dallas Stars thought they were over the flu bug that had been running through the team recently, but it is still taking a tol.
Shawn Horcoff is the latest player to be hit. He sat out Thursday night’s game against Montreal. Ray Whitney, who missed Tuesday’s game due to illness, was well enough to skate with the team Thursday morning, but still not ready to play Thursday night.
“He’s down some serious weight,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said of Whitney. “He hadn’t practiced for two days. We let him skate this morning. We didn’t do anything with him. He wouldn’t have been good to play. Horcoff is suffering the same thing. We thought we were out of it, but it still seems to be biting the odd guy on the team.”
With both Whitney and Horcoff out, the Stars called up right wing Colton Sceviour from the Texas Stars on Thursday. Sceviour started the game on a line with Dustin Jeffrey and Vernon Fiddler, but then moved onto a line with Erik Cole and Rich Peverley. He played 10:04 in the game and registered on points and one shot on goal.
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“We put him under a lot of stress especially late when we were trying to get back in the game. I thought there was a couple that he’d probably like back, even the game-winning goal, he maybe anticipated that he was going to cross the crease there. He still gave us a chance when the game was on the line to get back in it, but we weren't good enough as a team. This wasn't about one guy, or the goalie, this was kind of a collective effort. Defensively we didn't move the puck very well, offensively we did enough things to battle to get back but we weren't responsible enough to help out our defense in a lot of situations.”
*The Stars are 6-4-1 against the Eastern Conference this season.
*Valeri Nichushkin scored on a penalty shot in Tuesday’s game. It was his second penalty shot of the season. He is 1-2 this season and the Stars are now 3-6 as a team on penalty shots.
*The Stars’ six penalty shots lead the NHL and are the most in a season in franchise history, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
*Stars captain Jamie Benn scored a goal Thursday, running his points streak to five games (four goals, three assists).
*The Stars were 1-3 on the power play and 3-4 on the penalty kill.
*Dallas won 42 of 63 (67 percent) faceoffs. Rich Peverley won 17 of 21. Cody Eakin won 11 of 15. Jamie Benn won of 11.
*Stars head athletic trainer Dave Zeis was behind the bench for his 1,000th professional game Thursday night.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Alex Chiasson
Antoine Roussel – Cody Eakin – Ryan Garbutt
Erik Cole – Rich Peverley – Valeri Nichushkin
Dustin Jeffrey – Vernon Fiddler – Colton Sceviour
Alex Goligoski – Brenden Dillon
Aaron Rome – Jordie Benn
Kevin Connauton – Cameron Gaunce
Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Injured: Shawn Horcoff (illness), Ray Whitney (illness), Sergei Gonchar (concussion-like symptoms), Trevor Daley (ankle), Stephane Robidas (leg)
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