Stars’ Hemsky to return vs. Red Wings

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.

Stars’ Seguin (knee) out 3-6 weeks


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.

Stars place Seguin and Eaves on IR

The Dallas Stars have placed forwards Tyler Seguin (lower body) and Patrick Eaves on injured reserve the club announced Saturday.

Both suffered injuries in the third period of Friday night’s 2-0 win over the Florida Panthers.

In a corresponding move the club recalled Brett Ritchie and Travis Morin from the American Hockey League’s Texas Stars.

Panthers’ defenseman Dmitry Kulikov was assessed a major penalty for clipping and a game misconduct for his hit on Seguin late in the third period.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the league is reviewing the Kulikov hit.

“It’s a dirty shot. It’s just something that ends up taking your best player out of the game,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff postgame. “Not only out of the game, it is taking him out of the lineup for a little while for us.

“(We will) just let the league deal with it. I used to yell and scream about it but that doesn’t do any good. It’s just a shot that didn’t need to happen.”

Moments later Eaves took a puck to the head and left the game.

“(Patrick) Eaves is on his way to the hospital to get x-rays,” said Ruff. “He took a pretty hard shot to the head. He’s had a previous injury there so we’re fairly concerned.”

Eaves suffered a concussion and a broken jaw after being hit by a Roman Josi slap shot in November 2011.

The Stars will also be without Ales Hemsky tonight when they visit the Colorado Avalanche.

Hemsky (lower body) played just three shifts in the first period Friday night.

“Hemsky is going to stay back (in Dallas) too,” said Ruff. “He’s going to miss some time so it’s been a tough night on the injury front.”

Colorado has won all three meetings between the two clubs this season including a 3-2 shootout victory 11 days ago.

Stars Seguin, Hemsky will miss ‘some time’, Eaves hospitalized


Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen earned a 37-save shutout en route to a 2-0 victory over the Florida Panthers. It was a contest critical to both teams as they attempt to claw their way into playoff spots in their respective divisions.

However, for Dallas the final result was secondary when weighed against the players injured over the course of that battle. Stars head coach Lindy Ruff reported after the game that both Tyler Seguin and Ales Hemsky will miss “some time” due to lower-body injuries, per the Stars official website’s Mark Stepneski.

Seguin’s injury occurred when Panthers forward Dmitry Kulikov clipped him late in the contest:

“It’s a dirty shot, something that takes your best player not only out of the game, but out of our lineup for a little bit,” Ruff said, per the Miami Herald.

“Let the league deal with it. I used to yell and scream about things like this and it didn’t do any good. It’s just a shot that didn’t need to happen.”

That’s not the extent of the damage though as after Seguin left the contest, Stars forward Patrick Eaves was struck in the head by the puck.

Eaves was hospitalized as a result.

“He’s had a previous injury there so we’re pretty concerned,” Ruff said.

Eaves suffered a broken jaw and concussion on Nov. 26, 2011 and didn’t play again until Jan. 21, 2013.

Video: Seguin exits game after dangerous low hit by Kulikov


With the Dallas Stars up 2-0 over the Florida Panthers and the contest winding down, Tyler Seguin entered the Panthers zone and had his legs taken out from under him by Dmitry Kulikov, who dropped to all fours to level the Stars forward.

Seguin was slow to get up after the hit and once he did, he exited the game. Dmitry Kulikov received a five-minute major and game misconduct for clipping. Given the nature of the hit, Kulikov might be punished further by the league.

To make matters worse for Dallas, Patrick Eaves was struck in the head by the puck shortly after the incident and left the contest as well. The Stars were already missing Ales Hemsky, who sustained a lower-body injury earlier in the game, according to the team’s Twitter feed.