Big news out of Dallas today — Morning News writer Mike Heika is reporting Stars leading scorer Jamie Benn will be out 10 days to three weeks after undergoing an appendectomy.
The news comes just one day after Benn played nearly 21 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Colorado and just a few days after he was named to his first-ever NHL All-Star Game. The 22-year-old LW has 42 points in 42 games, good enough for 17th overall in league scoring, and has emerged as one of the brightest young stars in the league.
Benn’s injury comes at a difficult time for the Stars. They’re two points out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference and now face a crucial stretch without Benn and Mike Ribiero (MCL tear), who will be out until the All-Star break. Dallas plays five games before the ASG (against St. Louis, Detroit, Tampa Bay, Minnesota and Anaheim) and the Wild game looms large, as Dallas is chasing them for the No. 8 spot in the West.
Despite tough fight, Stars hand Wild their sixth straight loss
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.