NHL teams usually play their best games against the defending Stanley Cup champions. When the Dallas Stars take on the Chicago Blackhawks tonight, it’s likely that they’ll have a tough time playing up to their ceiling. That’s because Tyler Seguin is doubtful to play despite skating on his own on Monday.
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Head coach Lindy Ruff spoke to the official site of the Stars about Seguin after he took to the ice yesterday morning.
The news that he’s “feeling a lot better” is good for Dallas overall, but it doesn’t seem that it’ll do them much good when they take on the ‘Hawks this evening. Playing against a team that’s on a six-game winning streak is never easy, but when that team is the defending champs then things can get difficult.
And that’s when you’re icing a healthy lineup, which the Stars aren’t doing right now.
On top of missing Seguin, the squad is also without the services of Stephane Robidas for the foreseeable future. Tack on Jamie Benn’s recent struggles to score, and this game could be a true test of character for the Stars, who have only won a one contest in their last five outings after playing some good hockey toward the middle of November.
This would be the second consecutive game that Seguin hasn’t played in due to concussion-like symptoms.
Tyler Seguin (concussion) doubtful for Tues. http://t.co/04GUtgWcQQ
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