The Uh Oh Moment 2 — This Time For Real
The worst has happened for Dallas Stars faithful. Kari Lehtonen is hurt.
Not just him, though. Joining Lehtonen (groin) in sick bay are Brenden Morrow (upper body), Trevor Daley (back), Adam Burish (broken hand), Vernon Fiddler (groin), and Alex Goligoski (thumb). Many significant contributors to the Dallas Stars' early success are out, and some are out for a long time.
Thankfully, reports show that Brenden Morrow should be back for Thursday against the Ottawa Senators. All of the above are expected to miss Monday's tilt in Colorado. Morrow won't be enough to get the Stars back on track, though. The Stars have had a rough go of it lately. This rash of injuries is not helping.
3-6-1 in their last 10, and falling in the standings fast. Not good.
As a result of these injuries, Lehtonen has been placed on Injured Reserve, and the Stars recalled goaltender Richard Bachman and forward Francis Wathier from the Texas Stars of the AHL.
Here's who needs to step up and who needs to stop the bleeding.
Tomas Vincour — Vincour works with offensively gifted players. Some call him two-way. That's all well and good, but Vincour is never noticeable on the ice. This season, six shots in seven games, no points, and a -4. Last season, two points in 24 games, and a -5. He has to be significantly better while working with the gifted players he works with.
Philip Larsen — The Danish defenseman has been pretty solid for the Stars as of late. With all of the injuries, the 21-year-old will be expected to play more minutes. Larsen is a little undersized for his role on the team. He will need to use his smarts and his hockey sense to create plays for the beleaguered Stars. Larsen will be counted on in the upcoming stretch for the Stars.
Andrew Raycroft — It sounds pretty obvious, but Andrew Raycroft needs to return to his form as a Boston Bruin in the 2003-04 season for the Stars to stay above the water. He posted a .926 save percentage and a 2.05 goals against average. Ever since then, Raycroft's stats have ballooned to way below average. Once upon a time, the Toronto Maple Leafs were goaded into trading away their best goaltending prospect, Tuukka Rask, for this man. Time to live up to that, Mr. Raycroft.
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