Dallas Stars Without Tyler Seguin Again Against Chicago Blackhawks; Kevin Connauton Replaces Jamie Oleksiak

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The Stars young center has gone ahead to Toronto, where he might be able to play on Thursday, and the team will be without his services tonight in the rematch with Chicago.

Tyler Seguin won't get his chance for revenge against the Chicago Blackhawks, at least not tonight.

The Dallas Stars center who missed Sunday's game against the Edmonton Oilers with concussion-like symptoms is out again tonight as the Stars take on the Blackhawks team that delivered the blow that knocked him out of the lineup.

In fact, Seguin isn't even with the team at the United Center today, though he will be catching up with the Stars as they head further north on this road trip according to the great Mike Heika's always-enlightening weekly chat.

Tyler Seguin (concussion-like symptoms) is up in Ontario spending some time with his family. He will not play tonight. He skated yesterday and might be able to play Thursday against the Maple Leafs.

Seguin is from Brampton, Ontario, which is about 20 miles from downtown Toronto, and he will meet the team after they cross the border for Thursday's game against the Leafs.

There's plenty to talk about from a lines standpoint as well, as the absence of Seguin and the lack of scoring from anyone other than the "fourth line" recently has caused some serious juggling. Here's what it looked like at the skate this morning, via Heika:

Jamie Benn - Cody Eakin - Alex Chiasson,

Antoine Roussel - Vernon Fiddler - Ryan Garbutt

Ray Whitney - Dustin Jeffrey - Rich Peverley

Erik Cole - Shawn Horcoff - Valeri Nichushkin

After the first line, it's a little squirrely as to which lines should be considered the second, third and fourth. You've got scoring ability scattered about with Whitney, Peverley, Cole and Nichushkin as the wingers, and you've got the current hottest trio on the team in Roussel, Fiddler and Garbutt remaining together.

And while Whitney has been bumped off the artist-formerly-known-as-the-second-line island, Eakin and Chiasson remain together as it has been practically all season. Perhaps Benn can bring better defensive stability to that unit, though he's sure to be paired with Seguin the second Seguin returns.

The defensive pairs will likely be shuffled tonight as well, as Kevin Connauton is expected to play in place of Jamie Oleksiak. Oleksiak did well in his season debut, with 18:38 of ice time (5:11 shorthanded) playing alongside Brenden Dillon. He finished even for the evening on the ice for the Stars first goal as well as the Oilers second. But Connauton, who could be paired with Jordie Benn while Dillon shifts to partner Sergei Gonchar, needs some ice time having only played in one game this season.

Kari Lehtonen was the first goalie off the ice, so that would indicate he's the starter tonight against Chicago's Corey Crawford. It would be Lehtonen's third consecutive start, though he hasn't won a game in regulation since the Stars beat Vancouver at the end of the most recent three-game road swing.

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