Neither Jamie Benn nor Tom Wandell skated this morning, and we didn't receive any real updates on their injury situations.
To tell you the truth, I think the Stars had a long day of travel yesterday, the two are getting medical attention today, and coach Marc Crawford is busy trying to get a game plan for tonight's game against the Oilers, so he really isn't focused on Benn and Wandell right now.
The Stars don't play again until next Tuesday, so there will be plenty of time to figure out the injury situation. When I asked whether either injury could be related to previous injury history for either player, Crawford said this: ``Benn doesn't have a concussion and Wandell hasn't hurt his knee, so I can definitely say that. We're not trying to be evasive, it's just that they're not here today and our head trainer is not here today. We'll keep everybody updated as quick as we get the information.''
That means that Aaron Gagnon and Travis Morin will be in the lineup tonight. Gagnon has played eight games with the Stars this season and has two assists. Morin will be making his NHL debut at the age of 27. Morin played at Mankato State (officially, Minnesota State University, Mankato) and was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the ninth round in 2004 (263rd overall). He played mostly in the ECHL, with five games for Hershey of the AHL. He signed with the Texas Stars as a free agent last season and has been one of their top scorers since. He had 21 goals and 31 assists in 80 games last season and has 13 goals and 19 assists in 45 games this season.
Morin said it will be interesting to make his NHL debut at 27.
``I think I can appreciate it a little more after being in the Coast for a couple of years,'' he said. ``When you get older in this league and the guys are getting younger and younger, you can feel your window is closing and you don't know if you're ever going to get that opportunity. But it feels pretty good right now.''
Morin will wear No. 39, last worn by Joel Lundqvist and Niko Kapanen.
Everything else seems pretty normal. I think Jeff Woywitka will be in and Matt Niskanen will be out, but we'll find out for sure tonight. Remember, the start time is 6:30 p.m. to accommodate TSN in Canada.