Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn didn’t practice Monday due to a wrist injury and his status for Tuesdays’ game against the Nashville Predators is up in the air. Benn said he was not injured when he was hit late Saturday’s game by Phoenix center Martin Hanzal.
“The wrist was a whole separate play, it had nothing to do with the hit,” said Benn. “The wrist is a little sore today. I took the day off, got a little treatment done. I’ll skate tomorrow and see how it feels.”
Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said x-rays on Benn’s wrist showed that it was not broken. Gulutzan also said Benn did not suffer any injuries, including any concussion issues, from the Hanzal hit.
As for the Hanzal hit, Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk said the league saw it as legal.
“I spoke with the (league) and they don’t have a problem with the hit,” Nieuwendyk said. “We’ll live with their decision and move on.”
Stars captain Brenden Morrow was in and out of practice today, leaving the ice twice to go to the locker room. Morrow, who missed Saturdays’ game in Phoenix with a groin injury, is day-to-day.
“We’ll see how he is tomorrow, “said Gulutzan. “It’s a groin injury we’ve got to be careful.”
Left wing Ray Whitney, who has been out since February 2 with a broken foot, went through a full practice today. He appears close to returning and will see the doctor later today to determine his availability for tomorrow.
“He felt pretty good today at practice, so it will be up to Whits and the doctor if it is the right thing to do to put him in tomorrow,” Gulutzan said.
With Benn not practicing and Morrow on and off the ice, Gulutzan had to juggle his forward lines. Here’s what he had in practice and what he could go with in tomorrow’s game against the Predators.