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Tyler Seguin Benched, Could it Hurt Jamie Benn's Art Ross Chances?

Tyler Seguin is scratched in the final regular season game; could it hurt Jamie Benn's chances to claim the Art Ross Trophy?

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

There is only one game left in the season, the season finale against the Nashville Predators tonight, but the Dallas Stars have scratched Tyler Seguin for being late to practice on Friday.

With the Dallas Stars playoff hopes already gone the absence of Seguin could hurt Jamie Benn as he hunts down the points lead in the NHL. He is one point behind the joint leaders, Sidney Crosby and John Tavares. He needs a big game tonight to claim the Art Ross Trophy; thats a lot harder with Tyler Seguin absent from the lineup.

At morning skate he remained skating late, a typical indiction that he would be a healthy scratch. While speculation ruled for several minutes the scratch was quickly confirmed by Mark Stepneski.

This isn't the first time that the Dallas Stars have held out a player for discipline issues; Cody Eakin was held out earlier in the season.

Alex Goligoski was also not on the ice for the Dallas Stars, he hadn't practiced on Friday due to an injury. He's probably out of the lineup for this evening's game.

According to Mark Stepneski the Stars lines in practice were:

Benn-Eakin-Eaves

Nichushkin-Spezza-Hemsky

Roussel-Fiddler-Garbutt

Moen-Horcoff-Sceviour

Jokipakka-Daley

Nemeth-Klingberg

Benn-Demers

Enroth

On the Nashville Predators side of things there were several scratches in preparation for the post season. Shea Weber, Roman Josi, Cody Franson and Mike Fisher are out tonight.