The Stars have a lot of factors working against them, which will make getting a win in Colorado tonight difficult. First, they’re playing in back-to-back games, which has proven to be difficult for even the teams leading the league. Second, the injury bug hit the team harder than any other team this season.
During their game last night against Colorado, the Stars lost three players. First Alex Hemsky went down with a lower body injury, but the team is hopeful that he will return next week after having a procedure done this morning for his injury.
The biggest lose happened late in the third when Panthers’ defenseman Dmitry Kulikov clipped Tyler Seguin. Seguin, leading goal scorer for the Stars, flew over Kulikov and eventually had to be helped off the ice. Kulikov was given a major penalty of clipping and sent back into the locker room. Seguin was placed on the Injured Reserve, which means he will miss more than seven days and is expected to be back in three to six weeks. Kulikov was offered an in-person meeting regarding the hit, which means he might be suspended more than six games.
While the team doctors and medical staff were tending to Seguin’s injury, Patrick Eaves took a puck in the head from a teammate and crumpled to the ice. Eaves had to be helped off the ice by his teammates and went to the hospital for precautions. After going through testing, Eaves shows no signs of facial factures and is being treated for a concussion. Like Seguin, Eaves was placed on IR allowing the Stars to bring up Travis Morin and Brett Richie from their AHL team the Texas Stars.
Losing one player is bad enough, but losing three players one of which is the top scorer for the team could be costly. Captain Jamie Benn and Jason Spezza need to pull out all the stops to fill the void left by losing Seguin. If the Stars want to make the playoffs, they have to pull out all the stops and play the more perfect sixty minutes of hockey every single game. It could prove to be difficult, but the Stars could prove to be on of the dark horses in the playoff push.
The puck drops at 8pm in Colorado and the Stars are hoping newly acquired goaltender Jhonas Enroth can help them continue their win streak.