Brenden Morrow Questionable for Saturday with Groin Injury; Dallas Stars Recall Matt Fraser

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Stars captain has a "tweaked groin" and may be out for Saturday's game against the Phoenix Coyotes. The Stars have recalled Matt Fraser to fill his spot if that's the case.

When the Dallas Stars announced they'd recalled Matt Fraser from the AHL's Texas Stars on Friday morning, it seemed to indicate something larger was going on.

After all, Fraser was solid in his recent NHL stint, showing off his rocket of a release on his first NHL goal, but he is a player the Stars believe needs top six or nine minutes to be effective. With Francis Wathier already on the trip as injury insurance for the forwards, bringing up Fraser meant there would probably be some spot he needed to slide into on one of the scoring lines.

That slot turns out to be the one occupied by Stars captain Brenden Morrow, who reportedly suffered a groin "tweak" in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings. While Morrow did score the insurance goal in the third period, he did not play for the final 10 minutes of the game.

While the original word was that Morrow was doubtful for Saturday's against the Phoenix Coyotes, Morrow told Mike Heika he was more along the lines of questionable. Groin injuries can be fickle beasts though, and even a mild tweak is probably worth a game or two of rest so it doesn't become a chronic problem.

And how would Fraser fit into the lineup if Morrow is out?

[Update]

Here's what Stars coach Glen Gulutzan had to say about Morrow's situation:

“He did it in the first or second shift, I think, of the game. He had two or three heat packs on the bench just to get him through the game,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “He’s tougher than the average guy, so we’ll see where he is tomorrow. He’s probably questionable I would think, but you never know with Brenden.

“If Brenden can’t go, we have Wats (Francis Wathier) and (Matt) Fraser, and we’ll see what works the best.”

Gulutzan also mentioned Philip Larsen's wasn't quite ready to come back from his shoulder injury before Thursday's game but added the defenseman looked better on Friday.

[/End Update]

With a light optional practice today (you would want one too if you got to your hotel at 2:45 a.m. Arizona time), there's no real information on lines or pairings. If the only switch is Fraser for Morrow, this is what the lineup would look like:

Eriksson-Benn-Jagr

Roussel-Roy-Cole

Fraser-Eakin-Smith

Nystrom-Fiddler-Garbutt

Dillon-Robidas

Oleksiak-Goligoski

Benn-Daley

Heika also reports that Kari Lehtonen will be in goal for Dallas as the team wraps up the first half of the season. They will need a much better effort than they had the last time they came to the desert, a disheartening 2-0 loss to the Coyotes marred by huge penalty issues.

The Stars are 2-1 against the Yotes this year with one of the wins coming in a shootout. Phoenix had been playing well for the first part of a three-game series against the Anaheim Ducks, picking up consecutive 5-4 shooting wins. But they fell flat in a 2-0 loss in the third game and got steamrolled 6-3 by the St. Louis Blues last night.

Official release about the Fraser call-up is below:

The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has recalled forward Matt Fraser from the Texas Stars, Dallas’ development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Fraser, 22, is tied for second in the AHL with 27 total goals, and leads the league with 14 power play tallies. Earlier this season, Fraser was selected to represent the Western Conference at the 2013 AHL All-Star Game. He has four points (3G-1A) in three games since his assignment to Texas on Feb. 28, and leads the team in overall scoring with 39-points (27G-12A) in 54 games for the club.

Fraser has skated in two games this season with Dallas, and recorded one point with a plus-2 rating. He earned his first career NHL goal against the Nashville Predators on Feb. 25 and has skated in three career NHL contests. Fraser went undrafted and was signed as a free agent on Nov. 17, 2010.

The Dallas Stars return to the ice on Saturday night at Jobing.com Arena to faceoff against the Phoenix Coyotes at 7 p.m. CT (TV: FOX Sports Southwest; Radio: 1310 The Ticket).

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Defending Big D

You must be a member of Defending Big D to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Defending Big D. You should read them.

Join Defending Big D

You must be a member of Defending Big D to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Defending Big D. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker