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Tuesday Update: Trevor Daley Could Miss Start of Season

Tuesday, 09.24.2013 / 12:00 PM / 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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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
2 ANA 65 41 17 7 193 178 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
12 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 64 23 38 -4 61
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 64 15 37 -5 52
J. Klingberg 50 10 24 2 34
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 61 16 17 -10 33
C. Eakin 61 15 15 0 30
A. Hemsky 58 9 17 -9 26
A. Goligoski 64 2 24 2 26
A. Roussel 62 12 12 -10 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 26 13 10 .906 2.95
J. Enroth 13 25 2 .900 3.30
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