Injuries are bound to happen over the course of an NHL season. It’s a contact sport that gets gritty early and often, so there’s never a shortage of injuries to go around; however, the Dallas Stars are dealing with a notable volume this year.
The Dallas Stars‘ 2018-19 regular season is less than 20 games old, but the number of injuries makes it feel like it’s been a bit more than that. In case you were wondering or have lost track over the past few games, here is a rundown of the players that have recently exited the lineup due to injury.
Be forewarned: it may be too extensive of a list to stomach.
Carrick is in his first season with the Stars but found himself with an injured foot just when he had all but secured a spot on the blue line. He has an injured foot and was placed on IR retroactive to Oct. 28. He’s expected to be out for another three weeks at the least.
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In last Thursday’s victory over the San Jose Sharks, Klingberg injured his hand while blocking a shot. He had surgery the day after the game and is expected to miss about a month of time.
Unlike his fellow defensemen, Johns hasn’t yet skated a game this season. He’s suffering from post-traumatic headaches and has had a few setbacks when he looked like he was nearing a return. There hasn’t been an update on his return, but it’s a pretty serious injury that needs to be closely monitored.
Like Johns, Hanzal has yet to hit the ice this season. He has back surgery and has been recovering ever since, but he’s reported to slot back into the line-up at the end of this month or possibly next.
Methot skated in nine games prior to sustaining a lower-body injury that landed him in the company of other injured players. He’s day-to-day, meaning he could return at any point, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Shore’s leg buckled awkwardly while trying to make a play in Monday night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He departed the ice under his own power and headed straight for the locker room. A few minutes later, it was announced he had a lower-body injury and would not return.
Following the game, it was reported that Shore would likely be out 7-10 days, though he will have an MRI on Tuesday to clarify the injury and duration.
For the Future
Obviously, this list is filled with defenders the Dallas Stars need on the ice as well as some important depth forwards. Currently, they’re drowning in a sea of injuries that has yet to lighten up.
Hopefully they’ll get some breathing room in the near future, but if not, they’ll have to continue fighting through the adversity to come out on top.