Coming after two consecutive shootout losses, the Dallas Stars need to turn things around if they want to keep pushing for a playoff spot.
After losing to the Chicago Blackhawks and the Edmonton Oilers, the Stars will travel to the United Center to take on the reigning Stanley Cup champions for the third time this year. Sadly for the team coached by Lindy Ruff, they will have to do it without their best player throughout the season.
Per reports, Tyler Seguin has been officially ruled out of tonight’s game, and his absence will be key, as he’s one of the leaders in points, goals and assists in the squad. But his absence will be felt not only on the numbers.
As talented as the team is, the Stars are far from a finished product. Seguin and Jamie Benn are the only two players that can produce consistently, and although guys like Cody Eakin, Alex Chiasson and veteran Ray Whitney can also fill the stat sheet, they aren’t on the same level than the previously mentioned duo.
The absence of Seguin will surely be costly against a top unit like the Blackhawks, a team that has already beaten the Stars twice this season. Even though the gap was significantly shorter between the first and the second game, Dallas’ chances to take something out of tonight’s game took a huge hit with Seguin’s confirmed absence.
As a result, Eakin will slide into the first line alongside Benn and Chiasson. The former Washington Capitals prospect will have to be at their best if he wants to replace Seguin’s production tonight, in what will be a heavy task for sure.