Alex Chiasson is currently the third leading scorer on the Dallas Stars and is among a handful of players that could legitimately walk away with the Calder Trophy this season. Those hopes might have been put on temporary hold this morning however, as Chiasson was hit in the face with a puck during practice.
Head coach Lindy Ruff spoke to Mark Stepneski of Dallas’ official website concerning the injury:
I know he got hit in the face and he’s going to be evaluated. He hit him pretty hard, so we are concerned there might be some damage.
There has been no update on his status, and it’s unclear whether or not Chiasson will be able to suit up for the Stars when they take on the New York Rangers tomorrow. Dallas has been one of the hottest teams in the NHL as of late, and has shot up the standings with a streak that has seen the team win six of their last seven.
Even with the wins, the Stars are just now starting to climb out of the early hole that the dug themselves, and currently sit in fifth place in the Central Division. At 11-7-2, the Stars can hardly afford to let up even a little bit at this juncture, and missing Chiasson for any amount of time would be a serious blow to the team’s forward core.