Dallas Stars

Stars lose Daley for 2-4 weeks after Martin knee-on-knee

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The Dallas Stars will be without veteran defenseman Trevor Daley for the next 2-4 weeks following a nasty knee-on-knee hit from Isles forward Matt Martin, head coach Lindy Ruff confirmed on Thursday.

Daley, 31, was enjoying a career year prior to getting hurt, posting highs in goals (16) and points (33) while sitting second among all Stars in average TOI per game, at 23:07. It’s a devastating blow to his team’s slim playoff chances; Dallas heads into tonight’s action sitting nine points back of Minnesota for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference, and would need to leapfrog Colorado, San Jose and Los Angeles in the standings to get there.

Dallas is also currently without the services of leading scorer Tyler Seguin, who Ruff said has resumed working out and could be within a week of returning to play.

The severity of Daley’s injury will likely cause some to wonder why Martin only received a one-game suspension for his hit. The NHL’s Department of Player Safety classified the hit as “reckless,” adding that it caused “significant injury.”

Isles’ Martin suspended one game for ‘reckless’ knee on Daley

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New York forward Matt Martin has been suspended one game for kneeing Dallas’ Trevor Daley on Tuesday night, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety has announced.

“Martin ensures contact with Daley by leaning out with his leg, a part of the body with which he cannot deliver legally deliver a check,” the DoPS explained. “His knee catches Daly, resulting in a significant injury.

“While we accept Martin’s assertion that the check was not malicious in nature, it was reckless.”

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Martin will now miss the Islanders’ next game — on Thursday in Nashville — and is eligible to return on Saturday for a tilt in Florida. He’ll also forfeit $5,376.34 in salary to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Wings clear Zetterberg (upper body) to face Rangers

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Henrik Zetterberg is set to play for the first time in four games tonight when the Red Wings host the Rangers on NBCSN’s Rivalry Night.

Zetterberg, who suffered an upper-body injury after taking a punch from Dallas captain Jamie Benn on Feb. 21, looks as though he’ll return on a line with Justin Abdelkader and newcomer Erik Cole, acquired from the Stars over the weekend.

It’ll be interesting to see what kind of effect the Red Wings captain (and leading assist man) has on Cole, who’s enjoying a pretty solid goalscoring campaign. The 36-year-old winger has 18 through 57 games this year, good for a 0.32 goals-per-game average — his highest since netting 35 with Montreal during the 2011-12 campaign.

“I think Cole’s a right winger who plays with pace, can take the puck to the net and is having a good year this year,” coach Mike Babcock said, per CBS Detroit. “Looks to me to have some size and some ability to be heavy on it.”

Fresh off signing extension, Ducks’ Jackman (lower body) out 4-6 weeks

Eventful last few weeks for Anaheim grinder Tim Jackman.

After signing a contract extension with the club on Feb. 19, the Ducks announced today that Jackman would miss the next 4-6 weeks with a lower-body ailment.

Jackman was hurt early in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Dallas after colliding awkwardly with Stars forward Ales Hemsky:

Prior to the injury, Jackman had five goals and seven points while averaging 8:29 TOI in 52 games this season. The Ducks rewarded Jackman for that output — and for his toughness, as the club’s fighting majors leader (with eight) — with a one-year, $700,000 deal.

Video: Isles’ Martin to face hearing for ‘stupid’ knee-on-knee hit

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Islanders forward Matt Martin will face a disciplinary hearing for this hit on Dallas’ Trevor Daley from Tuesday night, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety has announced:

Martin was given a five-minute kneeing major for the hit, and was tossed from the contest. Daley is expected to miss “weeks” with an injury, per Stars head coach Lindy Ruff, who was none too please with Martin’s actions.

“That’s a suspension,” Ruff fumed, per the Dallas Morning-News. “It’s another stupid hit that makes you just shake your head.  We’ve already lost our best forward [Tyler Seguin] and now we’ve lost probably our best defenseman for a period of time on a play that just wasn’t necessary.”

Martin has been suspended previously — once for charging, once for his role in a fight — but since those incidents occurred more than four years ago, he’s not viewed as a repeat offender under terms of the CBA.