The Anaheim Ducks lost forward Tim Jackman early in the first period tonight in Dallas.
Jackman collided awkwardly with Stars’ forward Ales Hemsky and needed assistance getting off the ice.
The Ducks announced that Jackman suffered a lower body injury and would not return.
Entering tonight’s action Jackman had five goals and seven points while averaging 8:29 in time on ice in 52 games this season.
Ales Hemsky will return to the Dallas Stars lineup tonight after missing three games with a lower body injury.
Hemsky suffered the injury during the first period of the Stars’ 2-0 win over the Florida Panthers on Feb.13.
The 31-year-old underwent a procedure on the lower body injury last weekend.
“A good veteran guy that was going well for us,” said Lindy Ruff per The Dallas Morning News. “He was a big piece of our second power play, so I’m looking at Ales playing the way he did when he left the game for us.”
In 52 games this season Hemsky has nine goals and 23 points while averaging 13:38 in ice time.
“Lately it was way more better than in the start,” Hemsky said. “I was able to build some chemistry with a couple guys, played with them for a little while and it helps for sure. I was feeling pretty good about my game, so hopefully I can come back and keep going.”
With Hemsky returning, Brendan Ranford, who made is NHL debut on Thursday night, is expected to be a healthy scratch.
Detroit won the only other meeting between the two clubs 5-2 on Dec. 4.
Friday night’s 2-0 win over the Florida Panthers was a costly one for the Dallas Stars.
The club announced Saturday that Tyler Seguin will miss 3-6 weeks with a knee injury as a result of a hit from Panthers’ defenseman Dmitry Kulikov. Kulikov has been offered an in-person hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety and is expected to be suspended five or more games.
Additionally, Patrick Eaves suffered a concussion after taking a puck to the head during the third period.
“Eaves went home. His scans were negative, which is great news,” said Stars’ coach Lindy Ruff per The Dallas Morning News. “No fractures or nothing. He’s feeling better, so just a little bit on the concussion side, so that was great news.”
Both Eaves and Seguin were placed on injured reserve Saturday.
Ales Hemsky left the game against the Panthers after just three shifts in the first period with a lower body injury.
“Hemsky is seeing the doctor and is having a procedure this morning that might help him, and he might be back right away,” said Ruff. “We’ll know more come Monday.
“He could play as soon as next week and really just miss a couple of days, and that’s it.”
Dallas is in Colorado tonight and St. Louis on Tuesday night before returning home.