The Dallas Stars appear to have dodged quite the injury bullet yesterday. The team’s third-leading scorer in Alex Chiasson took a puck to the face during practice yesterday morning and wasn’t able to return. It was unclear whether or not he’d been badly injured on the play, but it seems that he’s feeling good enough to go when the Stars take on the New York Rangers tonight in Texas.
Mike Heika of The Dallas Morning News had the update on Chiasson earlier this morning:
Chaisson was hit in the face be a puck that deflected off of the stick of Jordie Benn in practice Wednesday. He was wearing a clear facemask along with his visor and skating in his normal spot this morning. He is expected to play.
The forward told Heika that “for an hour or two, it was kind of scary,” but added that “I’m glad I’m good.”
Dallas is likely glad that he’s good as well. The youngster has been mentioned as a potential Calder Trophy Candidate, and his goal-scoring prowess would be sorely missed even if he was out for only a game or two. The Stars count on Chaisson for his net-front prescence, and he’s an integral part of the team’s second line.
He’s found a particularly high level of chemistry with Cody Eakin, and that duo’s high level of play allows Dallas to load up on the top line with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. While Chaisson noted that he was feeling a bit sore, it won’t prevent him from facing off against the Rangers.