Slumping Stars lose Sharp, Jordie Benn to injury

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The Dallas Stars, losers in seven of their last eight, got two more unfortunate results on Thursday, announcing that Patrick Sharp would miss the next 5-7 days with an injury, while Jordie Benn would miss 1-2 weeks.

Both ailments are of the lower-body variety, per the Dallas Morning-News.

Sharp’s injury likely came last game out, a 5-3 loss to Nashville. He finished with just 11:11 of ice time, the lowest among all Stars skaters.

Benn played just over 13 minutes against the Preds.

With Sharp out of the lineup, the Stars had a decidedly different look taking line rushes on Thursday morning. One of the bigger developments was Valeri Nichushkin taking a turn on the top line next to Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, a spot often filled by Sharp.

With Benn out of the mix on defense, newly acquired Kris Russell skated with John Klingberg. That left Johnny Oduya with Jason Demers, and Patrik Nemeth with Alex Goligoski.