There’s very little margin for error at the Stars, Blues and Blackhawks slug it out for top spot in the Central Division, but Dallas got some awful news Friday that could hurt their chances at entering the post-season as the division’s top seed.
The Stars announced Friday afternoon that Tyler Seguin will be out for 3-4 weeks with a “15 percent cut to Achilles’ tendon.” Seguin, 24, suffered the injury during the Stars’ Thursday night tilt against the Tampa Bay Lightning, which Dallas won 4-3 to move two points up on St. Louis for top spot in the Central.
Seguin’s injury came in the closing seconds of the game. With the puck skittering back to the Dallas blueline, Seguin engaged Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman in an attempt to push the puck out of the Stars’ zone, and when the two were tangled Stralman’s skate appeared to knick Seguin on the back of the right ankle:
Seguin continued to motor around the ice as the final seconds ticked off the clock, but immediately following the horn sounded you can see Seguin grab at his right foot and hunch over in obvious pain. While the Stars celebrated at center ice with a salute to their fans, Seguin headed down the tunnel and to the dressing room.
Losing Seguin for the next three weeks to a month is a big blow for the Stars and could hurt their offensive production down the stretch. Seguin is second on Dallas in scoring with 33 goals and 73 points, and he and Jamie Benn have often buoyed the Stars even when their goaltending or defense has shown lapses. Now that job will fall solely on the shoulders of Benn, though the recent scoring surge from Jason Spezza may be able to cushion the blow a bit.
According to Stars GM Jim Nill, Seguin had the tendon operated on Friday morning and the expectation is he will be ready in time for the post-season, so there shouldn’t be much concern yet about Seguin’s ability to suit up for Dallas in the playoffs. Nill told the Dallas Morning News’ Mike Heika there isn’t likely to be anyone brought up from the AHL’s Texas Stars to fill out the roster.
This will be the second consecutive campaign that Seguin has been forced to miss 10 or more games for the Stars. Dallas went 4-5-2 without Seguin in the lineup last season.