When the Stars face off against the Canadiens tonight at 7 p.m., they’ll be without their captain in a regular season game for the first time since April 2014. (And to find the last time Jamie Benn missed a game due to injury, you’ll have to go all the way back to March 2013.)
"It's been a year of just trying to grind it out. We are going to have to find ways to win games," Ruff said. "There are a lot of injuries around the league, and we've been hit hard with them. Jamie is another one, and we have to plug a guy in his spot. We've got some guys that are coming back now, so somebody is going to have to pick up the slack for him."
Fortunately, Lindy Ruff said Antoine Roussel “could be a player” tonight, and Roussel also indicated he’s close to returning to the lineup.
“Getting back is harder when you stop playing and then have to get back get going again. It takes games, practice and it's not easy. Really hoping to come back tomorrow, if not then the next game."
For more practice updates, head on over to the link. [Stars]
TSN’s Scott Cullen takes a look at which players have seen the biggest jumps in time on ice this season. Three Stars—Radek Faksa, Jordie Benn, and Patrick Eaves—make the cut. Eaves has added 4:37 in TOI, Faksa 3:58, and Benn 3:20. [TSN]
Catch up with how Stars prospects Denis Gurianov, Fredrik Karlstrom, and Joe Cecconi are doing at the World Juniors. [Stars Inside Edge]
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Elliotte Friedman brings you his latest 30 Thoughts, including his take on PDO and how to handle bad luck. [Sportsnet]
Capitals goaltender Brandon Holtby continues to prove he’s one of the league’s best. [TSN]
The Predators honored their former captain Shea Weber in his first game back in Nashville.
Could Gabriel Landeskog or Matt Duchene be on the way out of Colorado? [FanRag Sports]
Meet your 2017 All-Star Game captains.
As far as the ratings were concerned, the Winter Classic—and the Blues and Blackhawks—beat out the Centennial Classic. [Puck Daddy]
And on the subject of outdoor games, Sean McIndoe names five matchups he’d like to see—including the Stars and the Wild. [The Hockey News]
Several former Blackhawks talk about the difficulties of transitioning into life after hockey. [Chicago Tribune]
And finally, here’s Jamie Benn mic’d up.