They say bad things happen in threes, right?
Because if so, the Dallas Stars hit their injury trifecta in Tuesday's loss to the Florida Panthers when forward Adam Burish was lost to a broken hand after taking a Brenden Morrow shot to the glove.
Combined with the recent loss of Alex Goligoski to a broken thumb and the hip pointer that has ailed Steve Ott for the past two weeks, that makes three key players who have gone down with relatively significant injuries this month.
But Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said there is a little bit of a bright side.
"You’d rather have them now. You’d rather not have them at all, but if you are going to have them, have them now," said Gulutzan. "We’ve got the guys that can up their levels with Goose and Bur and Barchy out. The depth will have to fill in for the guys that are out."
Gulutzan said the team will wait to get a better sense of Krys Barch's availability with a tweaked ankle before deciding whether or not to call somebody up. On the plus side, he sounded like Ott is a definite go for Friday's game against the Colorado Avalanche
After the jump, for so much news breaking on Wednesday with injuries and front office moves, there were remarkably few Stars stories out there, Mile High Hockey gets in the spirit of a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and whiny Detroit Red Wings fans.
- There was next to nothing on the Morning News site that we hadn't already covered on the site during the day. So, um, happy belated birthday Kari Lehtonen. [DallasNews.com]
- In case you missed it in all the news yesterday, Stars prospect Reilly Smith chatted with DBD about college hockey, his team's big weekend and his future in the NCAA ranks and with the Stars. [Defending Big D]
- It was apparently Dallas Stars day on ESPN.com on Wednesday as Scott Burnside had not one but two nice, lengthy profiles of players. The first is on Loui Eriksson, who still doesn't like to talk about himself, but Brad Richards is willing to offer some very high praise. And the more coaches talk about him, the more I'm reminded of how they used to talk about Jere Lehtinen. [ESPN]
- The second story is on the resurgence of defenseman Sheldon Souray, who sounds like he handled the time in the AHL least year much better than I'd understood from listening to bitter, bitter Edmonton Oilers fans. That'll teach me. [ESPN]
- The St. Louis Blues will be without forward Chris Stewart for three games after he was suspended for a check from behind on Niklas Kronwall of the Detroit Red Wings. [Puck Daddy]
- Meet the enemy: The Colorado Avalanche looked poised to pick up a major win of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and then, well, James Neal and Evgeni Malkin happened. I picked the recap from our friends at Mile High Hockey almost solely for the picture they chose to go with the story. [Mile High Hockey]
- Around the Pacific Division: In the first night of a home-and-home battle for Southern California hockey supremacy, Teemu Selanne scored late to earn the Anaheim Ducks a chance at overtime (where have I heard that before) but it was the Los Angeles Kings who came out the 2-1 winner in the shootout. [Los Angeles Times]
- In the normal "something funny to make you smile" slot, I bring you "laugh at the poor, ridiculously spoiled and whiny Detroit Red Wings fans" blog. [Abel to Yzerman]
- A tired-sounding Glen Gulutzan goes through the recent injuries and line changes those might necessitate, including where Steve Ott will slot when he returns Friday against the Avalanche.