Stars fans have been asking the question "Can we clone Jamie Benn?" for two seasons now. That leap in science and questionable morality hasn't arrived yet, but the next best thing may have if you believe that two Benn's are better than one. His older brother Jordie will play on defense tomorrow against the Red Wings.
Philip Larsen will miss at least that game with what they're calling concussion-like symptoms after being hit by Milan Lucic. The Stars finished the game with only five on defense with Robidas and Souray still out.
"He's had some concussion symptoms here," said Gulultzan. "They're very, very, very mild, but we're going to keep him out for tomorrow's game. He should probably be with us in the next couple of days
So in comes Jordie Benn, who has been something of a late bloomer with the Texas Stars. Two years ago he was in the area locally, playing for the Allen Americans. He surged late in Cedar Park last year and now he has surpassed Brenden Dillon on the call up list.
"When we asked, they said [Jordie] was their top D down in Austin," said Gulutzan. "We're in the business of winning hockey games, so we want the best player from down there, and he was that guy."
Mike Heika says the defensive pairings at practice looked like this...
Robidas and Souray will supposedly miss the next three games, with one or both possibly returning a week from tomorrow against the Ducks on the West Coast trip, if all goes according to plan. Until then the Stars defense will continue to rely on their structure to get by. The Red Wings present a stiff, stiff test.
You can follow Jordie on Twitter here. @dartheighter