For the past couple of weeks, things have been looking up for the Dallas Stars. With Sean Avery firmly in the team's rear view mirror and fading fast, the team got back to basics and started to steadily claw its way up from the bottom of the standings in the Western Conference. After a 3-2 shootout win on the road against Columbus earlier this evening, the team now sits in fifth place in the West with 63 points. It's an incredible achievement for a franchise that most of the hockey world had left for dead not long before Christmas.
But that victory came at a terrible cost, as the team has lost center Brad Richards indefinitely with a broken wrist. He hammered into the boards by Blue Jackets forward David Voracek during the second period of Monday night's game in Columbus and didn't return to the game. With team captain Brendan Morrow already lost for the season, Dallas can ill afford to lose Richards for very long. He's the team's second leading scorer behind Mike Ribeiro, with 16 goals and 32 assists in 54 games this season while leading all forwards in ice time.