The past week has not been kind to the Dallas Stars as they saw 5 (yes FIVE) players go down with injury to add along with a few that have been out since early in the season. These injuries couldn’t have come at a worse time either. The Stars are fighting for their lives in a race to get into the Playoffs and the injuries are piling up. Let’s take a look at the current injuries the Stars have and how long we can expect each player to be out.
In a game against the Panthers last week, Tyler Seguin had his feet taken out from under him by Dmitry Kulikov, who has since been suspended for 4 games. Seguin was placed on the IR after the game. This is obviously the biggest blow the Stars have taken all season and it truly is terrible to see Tyler Seguin go down right now. He had been playing like one of the best players in the league up until this point so the Dallas Stars can only play the waiting game until he gets back. The latest timetable for his return has been set at 3-6 weeks which is just a devasting situation for Stars fans.
Ales Hemsky also suffered an injury against the Panthers last week. He was diagnosed with a lower body injury and missed a game but is set to be on the fourth line tonight against San Jose. Once everyone gets healthy, I would expect him to return to the second line where he has been most of the season.
He has been one the Dallas Stars’ most hard working guys this season and that’s why it is unfortunate that Patrick Eaves suffered another injury. After being out for a little over a month with an ankle injury, Eaves was struck in the face with a puck in a very scary incident. After scans, it was revealed that Eaves had no facial fractures but did suffer a concussion. At the moment, he is on the IR, and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks.
In the last game against the Blues, the Dallas Stars lost Colton Sceviour to a hit that gave him a broken nose. He eventually returned to the game and should be suited up tonight. At this point, if a guy like him can play, it will be a huge help to a team with many forwards injured.
Travis Moen was also lost last game due to a hit than gave him an “upper body injury” and placed him on the IR. He is expected to miss an extended period of time and will continue to be re-evaluated by the training staff.
We know Big Val was injured earlier in the year and had surgery on his hip. He was expected to miss some months for that and everything seems to be right on schedule, however, he is still roughly 4-6 weeks away from being able to suit up. He has been skating before and after practice but I would expect him to be back at about the same time Tyler Seguin comes back.
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The final Stars injury, for now, is with Patrik Nemeth. A brutal arm laceration early in the season has caused him to miss a lot of time this year. His surgery repaired torn ligaments and tendons and was said to have sidelined him for the remainder of the regular season. Recently, he has been added to the Texas Stars line-up for their game in New York on Friday. Through hard work, he has gotten ahead of schedule and after he plays a few games with the Texas Stars, he will be evaluated and could potentially come back early.
In the absence of all these players, guys like Brett Ritchie, Travis Morin, Curtis McKenzie, and Brendan Ranford are getting to play and show us what they can do. It’s tough for a team that is fighting for their lives to go through this right now, but Jamie Benn and the others have stepped up and will need to continue to step up to keep their Playoff hopes alive!