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Stars Forwards Can’t Stay Healthy

Antoine Roussel heads to IR and Jason Dickinson returns to Dallas for another stint in the NHL.

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

In the Dallas Stars overtime win versus the Los Angeles Kings the night before the league break for the Christmas holiday, Antonie Roussel was held out due to injury. The Stars rolled a roster of 11 forwards and 7 defensemen instead of the usual 12 forwards and 6 defensemen most teams dress for each game.

It seems that his injury is one that could keep him out for another game. Late last night, the Stars announced that they have placed Roussel on IR retroactive to December 20th and recalled forward Jason Dickinson from the Texas Stars.

The move is not unsurprising, as the team goes on the road today to take on the Arizona Coyotes. They’d like to have an extra healthy body available in case someone cannot go, but the retroactive nature of Roussel’s IR means he could be activated and available Thursday.

Roussel’s recent injury is just another in the string of injuries the Stars have sustained in their forward corps. (The defense has been relatively healthy so far this year.) Below is the graphic of man games lost as of December 17th. The Stars are in the top five of the league in cumulative games lost, but lead the league in terms of cumulative minutes lost to injury (based on past usage of each player and how many games they have missed so far this season).