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Tuesday Update: Trevor Daley Could Miss Start of Season

Tuesday, 09.24.2013 / 12:00 PM / News
By Mark Stepneski

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 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
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4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
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11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 3 2 1 0 3
C. Sceviour 3 1 2 1 3
R. Garbutt 3 2 0 2 2
A. Chiasson 3 1 1 -3 2
T. Seguin 3 1 1 2 2
V. Nichushkin 3 1 1 1 2
S. Horcoff 3 0 2 2 2
T. Daley 3 0 2 1 2
A. Roussel 3 0 2 2 2
C. Eakin 3 0 2 0 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 1 2 0 .923 2.37
 
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