With Rich Peverley's heart procedure scheduled to be done now and his season done, Dallas was going to have to recall a forward to allow them to field four full forward lines.
Colton Sceviour and Chris Mueller were both recalled for the game in St Louis, with Peverley and Alex Chiasson back in Dallas. Both recalls were of the emergency variety. With the send down of Mueller earlier this week, the overriding sense was that Sceviour would be the one that stays permanently with Peverley going to injured reserve.
The roller coaster week continued yesterday, with the news that Cody Eakin was doubtful for tonight's game with a lower body injury. A recall was expected with that news. Then Dallas announced that they had recalled two guys -- Travis Morin and Mueller.
Mark Stepneski delivered the reason for the two recalls this morning during morning skate:
Cody Eakin, who was doubtful for tonight's game, is not skating. Looks like Eakin, ,Horcoff out, Mueller, Morin in for tonight.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) March 14, 2014
Reports are that Shawn Horcoff took a puck at practice yesterday and will be out tonight. That explains the two call ups. For those counting at home, that makes about five emergency callups -- in a week.
Dallas Stars fans will get a look at their AHL affiliate Texas Stars' fire power, as Sceviour, Morin and Mueller are the top three goal scorers in Texas this year with 32, 29 and 24 goals respectively this season.
Here were the lines this morning:
Jamie Benn - Tyler Seguin - Valeri Nichushkin
Erik Cole - Travis Morin - Colton Sceviour
Antoine Roussel - Vernon Fiddler - Alex Chiasson
Ray Whitney - Chris Mueller - Ryan Garbutt
The playoff race goes on and waits for no one, as Dallas hits one of their toughest stretches of personnel health this season. Earlier, it was the defensive depth that was tested. Now, the forward depth is going to be put to the test.
The strongest steel comes out of the hottest fires.