The Dallas Stars have their backs against the wall heading into Monday’s Game 6 against the St. Louis Blues, but the Stars will have to attempt to keep their season alive without the services of star winger Tyler Seguin.
Meeting with media Sunday, Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Seguin won’t even make the trip to St. Louis, so any hope Dallas might have had for seeing their second-best offensive threat take the ice in Game 6 is extremely thin. In previewing the contest, the Stars website listed Seguin as out.
Seguin, 24, has only suited up once in the past 21 games for Dallas after suffering a 15 percent cut of his Achilles tendon less than a month before the start of the post-season. Seguin’s one game, which came almost a month to the day after his March 17 injury, saw him skate 15:40 against the Minnesota Wild in Game 2 of the first-round series. He hasn’t been back in the lineup since.
The loss of Seguin for Game 6 is made much worse by the fact that the Stars’ normally high-scoring offense has been largely unable to solve Blues goaltender Brian Elliott through five games of the second-round matchup. Elliott has posted an outstanding 1.92 goals-against average and .937 save percentage against the Stars in five games, and those are the second-best numbers of any goaltender in Round Two. In playing so well, Elliott and the Blues’ defense have kept the Stars’ offense to five goals over the past three games, which is a paltry sum for a Dallas team that led the league in scoring with 267 goals in the regular season.
Seguin’s absence has been exacerbated by the fact the Stars’ two top goal scorers in the second round have been defenseman Alex Goligoski and rookie Radek Faksa, both of whom have a pair of tallies to their name. Only seven Stars players have notched more than a single point, and Jason Spezza, John Klingberg and Patrick Sharp, who finished third, fourth and fifth among Dallas’ regular season scorers, have combined for only one goal and six points.
Not only is Seguin’s loss difficult for the Stars because he potted 33 goals and 73 points in the regular season, but also because he has the playoff experience that would be incredibly important in a situation such as this. Seguin has seven goals and 21 points in 49 career playoff games. That’s the third-most playoff points of any Stars forward behind only Sharp and Spezza.
No one can really replace Seguin, but, that said, the Stars could have Patrick Eaves back. Eaves, 32, hasn’t played since Game 1. He has two goals and five points in seven games this post-season.