Stars forward Erik Cole missed his second straight game Monday night due to an upper body injury. Cole will miss a third straight game Tuesday night. Stars coach Lindy Ruff said that Cole will not travel with the team to Chicago. Cole remains listed as day to day.
Jets’ Wheeler crashes into open bench gate, but returns for final shift
Jets forward Blake Wheeler was hurting pretty bad late in the third period when he took a hit and then crashed into an open gate at the Dallas Stars bench. Wheeler was down on the ice briefly, and then was helped down the tunnel between the benches and to the Winnipeg locker room. But a short time later he was back on the ice, taking a shift as the Jets pushed for the tying goal in the final minute of the game.
“You saw him walking out there. You know how he’s feeling right now,” said Jets coach Paul Maurice. “Those are the things that you can hang your hat on and improve going forward. You get a guy that takes a hit like that, that’s hurting the way he is and comes back out on the bench and gives you a jump.”
*The Stars have points in six straight games at home (5-0-1) and are 7-1-1 in their last nine games at American Airlines Center.
*The Stars are now 7-5-1 since the Olympic break.
*Stars center Tyler Seguin, who scored a goal, ran his points streak to nine games (seven goals, nine assists, 16 points)
*Seguin is currently tied for fourth in scoring in the NHL with 74 points (32 goals, 42 assists). He is tied for sixth in goals with 32.
*The Stars were 2-4 on the power play and 2-3 on the penalty kill.
*The Jets outshot the Stars 33-27. Tyler Seguin led the Stars with four shots on goal.
*Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon had a game-high eight blocked shots.
*Dallas won 31 of 72 faceoffs (43 percent). Tyler Seguin won 7 of 12. Cody Eakin won 11 of 24. Vernon Fiddler won 5 of 15. Jamie Benn won 3 of 11.
*The Stars are 9-10-5 vs. the Central Division.
*The Jets are 9-14-5 vs. the Central Division.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Valeri Nichushkin
Ray Whitney – Cody Eakin – Colton Sceviour
Antoine Roussel – Vernon Fiddler – Ryan Garbutt
Shawn Horcoff – Dustin Jeffrey – Alex Chiasson
Alex Goligoski – Trevor Daley
Jordie Benn – Brenden Dillon
Aaron Rome – Sergei Gonchar
Scratched: Kevin Connauton
Injured: Erik Cole (upper body), Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat)
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