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A "Calamity of Errors" For Two Injured Stars Defensemen

Please click on over to Mike Heika's Dallas Morning News Blog for the full report on this but a quote given to the media by Marc Crawford after the game revealed the following about Matt Niskanen and Karlis Skrastins...

"Apparently they collided heads and then a stick slashed Matt's hand, so he broke his nose, chipped his teeth and cut his hand. And Skrasts doesn't even know he's in Chicago, so we lost both of those guys going into the third.''

That's got to be the most epic warm-up, non-game situation collision in the history of the sport. You'll recall that Mark Fistric suffered a groin injury in practice when he got tangled up with Toby Petersen, so this isn't the first time this sort of thing has happened this year, but this certainly seems stranger.

Mark Fistric was a healthy scratch as will be available on Friday night against the Rangers. Further evaluations will be made as the week progresses but don't be surprised if Maxime Fortunus or Philip Larsen are recalled from Cedar Park to help out with this weekend's games.

If either of these guys must miss extended time, then the two points were bitterly bought tonight. Bumps and bruises (or brutal warm-up skates) are starting to take their toll on this team as the season reaches the halfway mark.