The Dallas Stars are already without defenseman Stephane Robidas for 4-6 months due to a leg fracture, and now it appears they could be without Trevor Daley for a while as well.
The Stars lost Daley early in the second period of Thursday night’s game in Toronto when he and Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk got tangled up while battling for the puck. Daley went down and then slid into the end boards.
Daley had to be helped off the ice. He did not return to the game and the Stars said he had a lower body injury.
“He’s got an injury that looks like it’s going to be a little bit of time,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “Our people will evaluate it, but I can just tell you that it’s going to be nothing that is going to be short-term.”
Stars defenseman Aaron Rome is out as well. He has what the Stars call a muscle issue.
Seguin returns, Garbutt out
Tyler Seguin returned to the lineup after missing the last two games with concussion-like symptoms. Seguin, who centered Jamie Benn and Rich Peverley, had no points, logged 21:45 of ice time and had seven shots on goal.
Stars forward Ryan Garbutt, who took a puck off his foot and sat out the third period in Tuesday’s game at Chicago, did not play Thursday in Toronto. Dustin Jeffrey took his spot on the line with Antoine Roussel and Vernon Fiddler.
Jordie Benn was a healthy scratch on defense in Thursday’s game. Kevin Connauton and Jamie Oleksiak were both in the lineup against the Maple Leafs.
“[Connauton] skated well and was in on a few chances. Maybe playing a few games in a row will give him a little bit of confidence,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “Oleksiak stepped in and played a real strong game for us for a young D, too.”
*The Stars are 4-5 in games settled beyond regulation. They are 1-2 in four-on-four overtime and 3-3 in shootouts.
*The Stars registered a season-high 50 shots on goal.
*The Stars are 0-2-2 this season when they register 40 or more shots in a game.
*Jamie Benn tied a career high with 8 shots on goal. Tyler Seguin had 7 shots on goal.
*Alex Goligoski led the Stars with 30:13 of ice time.
*Kevin Connauton registered his first NHL point Thursday, picking up the primary assist on Shawn Horcoff’s third period power play goal.
*The Stars were 1-4 on the power play. They’ve scored on the power play in consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 12-15.
*The Stars were 1-2 on the penalty kill.
*The Stars won 46 of 73 (63 percent) of faceoffs. Shawn Horcoff won 14 of 17. Vernon Fiddler won 8 of 11. Tyler Seguin won 7 of 11.
*The Stars are 5-3-1 vs. the Eastern Conference.
Jamie Benn –Tyler Seguin –Rich Peverley
Ray Whitney – Cody Eakin – Alex Chiasson
Antoine Roussel – Vernon Fiddler – Dustin Jeffrey
Erik Cole – Shawn Horcoff – Valeri Nichushkin
Alex Goligoski – Trevor Daley
Brenden Dillon – Jamie Oleksiak
Kevin Connauton – Sergei Gonchar
Injured: Ryan Garbutt (foot), Stephane Robidas (leg), Aaron Rome (muscle issue)
Scratched: Jordie Benn, Travis Morin
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.