The Dallas Stars have seen veteran winger Travis Moen play in just 23 games during the regular season and six during the playoffs, recording two assists during the 23 game stint and failing to hit the scoresheet during the postseason.
That makes his loss in the lineup via injury less dire than if he was a key player – but as he becomes the latest Stars forward to sit out banged up, the team will lose a veteran reinforcement.
The Stars confirmed on Monday afternoon that Moen, who has appeared in a collective 747 career NHL games since first going pro with the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2003-04 season, will sit out with an unspecified injury for their upcoming game against the St. Louis Blues. The Stars currently trail their divisional rivals in the series 3-2, and are looking to even up the score and force a game seven.
The good news is that Moen, a heavyweight veteran winger who spends more time in the penalty box than on the scoresheet, is leaving the lineup just as the Stars are regaining fellow veteran (but more prolific scorer) Patrick Eaves. Going from Moen to Eaves will certainly be an upgrade for the Texas club, particularly if they’re looking to outscore their opponents later on tonight.
Still, the 34-year-old Saskatchewan native joins a growing list of players in Dallas who have been hurt this postseason, including Eaves and fellow forward Tyler Seguin. If the team hopes to hold on and advance to the Western Conference Finals, they’ll likely want to see fewer injuries moving forward.