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Stars: Seguin Update, Game Away From Clinching Playoff Berth

Tyler Seguin is expected to be out four weeks after a skate-blade cut to his Achilles. Seguin has scored 33 goals in 72 games this season. Photo Courtesy: Dominic Ceraldi

Dallas Stars’ forward Tyler Seguin is expected to be out four weeks after a skate-blade cut to his Achilles. Seguin has scored 33 goals in 72 games this season. Photo Courtesy: Dominic Ceraldi

By Stephen Elliott

The Dallas Stars will have to finish their final nine games of the regular season without Tyler Seguin.

Forward Tyler Seguin sustained a cut to the Achilles with 21 seconds remaining in the third period against Tampa Bay. The injury is expected to sideline Seguin for the 3-4 weeks, forcing him to miss the rest of the regular season.

The injury appeared to happen at the Stars’ blue-line as Seguin rushed towards Lightning defensemen Anton Strålman in attempt to force the puck out of the zone. Seguin did not react right away, finished the game and limped to the locker.

Obviously this injury is detrimental to the Stars who are still battling for the Western Conference title, but it can have a lingering effect on Seguin for at least the remained of the year. Some of Seguin’s best attributes are his speed and quickness and any injury to the Achilles tendon affects constrains his footwork. Seguin says he doesn’t imagine missing any playoff games, but the injury could hinder him for the rest of the year.

Close to clinching…
Meanwhile, the Stars are still on top of the Western Conference with 95 points (43-21-9) and have just one game, Minnesota Wild loss or Stars win, to clinch a playoff berth.

This week, the Stars finished their home-stand by winning two out of three. On Tuesday, the streaking Los Angeles Kings came into town. The Kings scored in the first 23 seconds of the game and never lost the lead. Kari Lehtonen gave up four on 11 shots before being pulled early in the second period. Turnovers plagued the Stars giving the Kings a 5-2 win and inched them closer to the top of the conference (currently have 93 points).

The Stars recovered with a hard fought 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lighting, Thursday. Benn scored twice and assisted on Stephen Johns’ first NHL goal. Lehtonen, who seems to be the go-to netminder nowadays, picked up the win on 17 saves. The Stars finished the week Saturday with a 3-0 win against the Islanders, their last game against the Eastern Conference (Stars finished with the NHL’s best record versus the East). Defenseman John Klingberg returned after missing six games with the ambiguous lower-back injury.

Next week the Stars finish their regal season series against the Blackhawks in Chicago. Here’s a look at what remains for the Stars this week.

Upcoming Weekly Schedule – All Times Central
3/22  at Chicago   7:30 pm
3/24  at Arizona    7:30 pm
3/26  at Nashville  7:00 pm

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