The Dallas Stars suffered another injury on the blue line Monday night in Denver, losing defenseman Aaron Rome in the first period.
Rome left about 14 minutes into the game after getting tangled up with Colorado forward Jamie McGinn near the benches. The Stars announced he had a lower body injury.
“It’s the same [injury] that he suffered in practice about ten days ago,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “It looks like he is going to be out.”
Rome, who missed the start of the season due to offseason hip surgeries, was playing in just his third game of the season.
The Stars are already without defensemen Stephane Robidas (broken leg) and Trevor Daley (high-ankle sprain).
Jordie Benn, who was a healthy scratch Monday, is likely to slide back into the lineup Tuesday night against Colorado.
Quotable: Lindy Ruff
“Every goal was the result of us turning the puck over or just bad coverage. We’ve got some young defense that are playing in some bigger places, and I’ve got to get them in a better spot because we lost a guy (Aaron Rome) early and guys needed to step up. A couple of them were just simple coverage plays that we let people go, and it hurt us bad.”
*The Stars are 4-5-3 in their last 12 games.
*The Stars are 3-7-3 vs. the Central Division.
*Colorado is 9-3-1 vs. the Central Division.
*Colorado outshot the Stars 48-33. The 48 shots were a season-high for Colorado. The 48 shots against were the second highest total allowed by the Stars this season.
*The six goals against were a season-high for Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who fell to 2-5-3 in his last ten decisions.
*The Stars were 0-5 on the power play and 5-5 on the penalty kill.
*The Stars won 24 of 52 (46 percent) of faceoffs in the game. Shawn Horcoff won 8 of 12. Cody Eakin won 8 of 13. Jamie Benn won 5 of 12. Rich Peverley won 1 of 8.
*Colton Sceviour led the Stars with 5 shots on goal. Sceviour has 10 shots in his two games with the Stars this season.
*Kevin Connauton scored his first NHL goal in the game.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Valeri Nichushkin
Erik Cole – Cody Eakin – Alex Chiasson
Ray Whitney – Rich Peverley – Ryan Garbutt
Antoine Roussel –Shawn Horcoff – Colton Sceviour
Alex Goligoski – Brenden Dillon
Aaron Rome – Sergei Gonchar
Kevin Connauton – Jamie Oleksiak
Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Injured: Vernon Fiddler (upper body), Trevor Daley (ankle), Stephane Robidas (leg)
Scratched: Jordie Benn, Dustin Jeffrey
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