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Possible Injury on Dallas Stars' Blue Line Means Jordie Benn Could Play Friday in St. Louis

Jordie Benn may draw back in tonight for a mystery defenseman with a possible mystery injury. Is it Trevor Daley?

Dilip Vishwanat

With a flurry of recent four and five-goal performances the Dallas Stars are now the second highest scoring team in the Western Conference with 2.81 goals per game, tied with the Anaheim Ducks.

They'll have their hands full tonight trying to keep that number up, however, as the St. Louis Blues' stingy team defense and stellar net-minding of Brian Elliott stand in their way of another critical step to an unlikely post-season berth.

To complicate things on a back-to-back, Stars Inside Edge brings us Glen Gulutzan speaking about a possible injury on the defense.

"We're going to make a game-time decision on whether Jordie Benn will come in or not," Gulutzan said. "It might be for a player that might be injured. We'll make that determination at game time."

Trevor Daley missed practice time earlier in the week with an upper-body issue, so it could be him. He was the only Stars defenseman that did not make an appearance in the game's final four minutes last night and Brenden Dillon double shifted, joining Stephane Robidas for a shift where Daley would have been.

The Stars should ice the same lineup tonight as Thursday...

Whitney-Benn-Eriksson
Smith-Eakin-Garbutt
Nystrom-Fiddler-Cole
Roussel-Wandell-Fraser

Daley-Robidas
Dillon-Goligoski
Rome-Larsen (Benn?)

Lehtonen

Without Daley earlier in the week in practice defensive pairings were these:

Rome-Robidas
Dillon-Goligoski
Benn-Larsen

The Blues, meanwhile, like the Vancouver Canucks last night, don't usually give up much of anything. To illustrate the point look at their last seven games. They surrendered 0, 0, 0, 4, 2, 1 and 1 goals against in that stretch and went 5-2.

On the flip side, however, they scored seven goals in those seven games. Total. So it's a bit of a tight-rope walk for Hitchcock's bunch at times. They haven't scored three goals in a game in 14 days. They've reached five goals only once in their last 29 games.

Perron-Backes-Steen
McDonald-Sobotka-Stewart
Schwartz-Berglund-Tarasenko
Cracknell-Porter-Reaves

Bouwmeester-Pietrangelo
Leopold-Shattenkirk
Jackman-Polak

Elliott

Brian Elliott will start back-to-back for St. Louis, who has all but earned a playoff berth at this point but is still fighting for positioning with hopes of home ice, though series opening in Vancouver or Los Angeles seem more likely.

This will be a tough one tonight. Chances will be few and far between and a big, physical Blues team will try to intimidate a younger, smaller Stars lineup. Faceoff is at 7:00pm tonight.