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Texas is already hurting on the blue line, and these recalls make it worse. Stars captain Max Fortunus, rookie Patrick Nemeth and vet Tyler Sloan are injured. Barring no assignments or recoveries from injury, the Stars will ice a blue line squad on Tuesday that has zero players that started the season in the AHL.
The Stars are very familiar with adversity though. They are in the middle of a five game winning streak and had a similar bit of adversity (the NHL lockout ending) in the middle of their franchise-record six game streak. As long as Willie Desjardins can keep working these ECHL callups in to AHL ready players, this team will be fine. It's very good news all around though that the Stars have a five point cushion in the West.