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Tuesday Update: Trevor Daley Could Miss Start of Season

Tuesday, 09.24.2013 / 11:00 AM CT / News
By Mark Stepneski
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Tuesday Update: Trevor Daley Could Miss Start of Season

Stars defenseman Trevor Daley could miss the start of the regular season due to an upper body injury.

“It looks like Trevor will miss a little bit of time,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “I don’t think he’ll be able to start the season, but it won’t be a long time.”

Daley, who was injured in Friday’s preseason game against Florida in San Antonio, wasn’t ready to say he’d miss the start of the season.

“No, no. I am hoping not,” Daley said. “We’ll give it two days and we’ll have a better idea after two days.”

The Stars are now down two NHL defensemen. Aaron Rome is not expected to be ready to start the season due to a hip procedure. If Daley can’t go, the Stars will have to adjust.

“It’s important. We’re going to have to deal with it,” said Ruff. “We’re going to have to be ready to deal with injuries to key personnel. Some guys that maybe weren’t going to be in the lineup are going to have to be ready to play when the season starts.”

Special teams focus

The focus of Tuesday’s morning skate in Frisco was special teams and there was a lot of work on penalty killing. Stars coach Lindy Ruff said he wants to use Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin in a penalty killing role this season, and those two will get a chance to do that tonight in Denver when the Stars take on Colorado in preseason play.

“One of my responsibilities is to turn them into guys that can be in real tough situations,” Ruff said. “On the flip side of it, you get opportunities on the penalty kill and if your best players are on the ice they can turn those opportunities into shorthanded goals for us. I had Chris Drury, who didn’t kill a lot of penalties, and by the time he finished his time in Buffalo he was one of the best penalty killers. I’d like to see our top guys kill.”

Tonight’s game

Who: Dallas Stars at Colorado Avalanche
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver
When: 8 p.m.

Stars morning skate lineup

Here is the Stars projected lineup for tonight. Stars coach Lindy Ruff said the defense pairs could be mixed.  Kari Lehtonen is expected to start in goal.

Benn-Seguin-Chiasson
Whitney-Eakin-Nichushkin
Garbutt-Mueller-Sceviour
MacDermid-Morin-Stransky

Benn-Goligoski
Connauton-Dillon
Nemeth-Jokipakka

Lehtonen
Ellis

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.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 53 32 18 3 146 124 67
5 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
6 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
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8 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
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12 CGY 53 25 25 3 143 156 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 55 28 34 16 62
T. Seguin 55 28 32 11 60
J. Klingberg 55 10 36 14 46
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 55 16 24 -2 40
A. Goligoski 55 4 20 16 24
C. Eakin 55 10 13 0 23
M. Janmark 55 10 10 14 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 52 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 15 5 0 .912 2.79
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