Loui Eriksson did not skate this morning and will not play tonight against the Blackhawks.
He is officially listed out with an ``upper body'' injury, thought it sure seems like he might have concussion-like symptoms.
Brandon Segal did not skate this morning, but will play. He cleared waivers at 11 a.m., and will probably stay with the Stars for the remainder of the season.
Segal was demoted to the Texas Stars when the Stars traded for Jamie Langenbrunner, because Segal is on a two-way contract and his demotion probably saved the Stars close to $200,000.
However, he had 7 goals and 10 assists in 30 games with the Texas Stars, and he played on the top line and the top power play, so he could be returning to the NHL with his shooter's touch clicking. We'll see.
Stars coach Marc Crawford was not keen on sharing any line strategy this morning and said he might even play seven defensemen tonight, but the loss of Eriksson is a tricky thing to deal with. One, he is the team's second leading scorer. Two, he has been Brad Richards' sidekick for the past three seasons. Three, with Eriksson out and James Neal traded to Pittsburgh, your leading scorer has no natural linemates for tonight.
So, do you just give Richards a grab bag of linemates or do you work to see if you can get some chemistry going with other scorers? My first instinct is that Jamie Benn has to play on a line with Richards.
If you did that, it would be easy to see something like:
Benn is a sniper and I think would play well with a set-up man.
Segal had good chemistry with Morrow and Ribeiro last season.
And Petersen is an underrated player who would be a good fit on what appears to be a pretty smart checking line.
But that is a pure shot in the dark guess.
The coaches like Benn at center and really like him all over the lineup, so we'll see what they decide.
If they go with six defensemen, there's a very good chance Mark Fistric is a healthy scratch again.
But, before you react too quickly, the official line out of the morning skate was that we'll have to wait until tonight to see what the decisions are.
Kari Lehtonen is in goal.
Adam Burish still is out with a lower body injury, and Crawford said he probably is doubtful for Saturday's game, because that would allow him a nice rest and some practice time before getting back into a game next week.
Steve Ott and Tomas Vincour are fine, by the way.