Just when you thought the injury situation couldn't get any worse, StarsPR tweeted this earlier on today:
@StarsPR: Brad Richards will not be on the trip to Canada due to injury according to Stars Head Coach Marc Crawford.
According to Crawford, Richards "doesn't feel 100%" and will rest a bit and hopefully rejoin the team on the road trip. StarsPR also linked to Crawford audio from Stars practice, so check that out.
In that audio, Crawford says Richards suffered an injury in the last shift of the game last night, when Sami Pahlsson hit him in the neutral zone. You might remember yelling at your television for Richards to stop standing around, because it looked like he was jawing at the refs. But apparently he was dazed or something after that play. I hate to speculate, but the way Crawford spoke of being "cautious" with Richards makes you wonder if he has some concussion-like symptoms today. But it could be anything.
Either way, the Stars are now without their best player for a critical road trip. If you're keeping count, that's six guys nursing injuries right now. (Jamie Benn, Nicklas Grossman, Adam Burish, Krys Barch, Raymond Sawada, and now Richards.)
Speaking of Grossman, Crawford says while the big Swede will accompany the team to Canada, he's "doubtful" for the next two games due to a hip flexor. Toby Peterson is playing his first rehab game in the AHL tonight, and depending on how he feels he could be a much-needed reinforcement in the next week or so.
So how do you juggle the lines in Richards' absence? And what will become of the already drowning power play?
Not a good way to start a big week.