The Dallas Stars placed forward Alexander Radulov on injured reserve Thursday morning. Although he played in the team’s last game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, he did miss Saturday’s contest against the St. Louis Blues.
He sustained an upper-body injury Feb. 7 against Minnesota when he and teammate Denis Gurianov collided while entering the attacking zone. Radulov did not return to the game.
In his last game, the 33-year-old forward played 14 minutes and 32 seconds, slightly down from his usual workload. He has 15 goals and 16 assists in 52 games this season, on pace for 47 points, which would be the second-lowest in his six seasons with a minimum of 50 games played.
Dallas recalled forward Jason Robertson to fill in the lineup for Radulov. Robertson was drafted in the second round of the 2017 NHL draft and is expected to make his NHL debut on Thursday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He has 35 points (20 goals, 15 assists) in 49 games this season with Dallas’ AHL affiliate Texas Stars.
The Stars as a whole have struggled to score this season — star forward Tyler Seguin hasn’t scored in his past 17 games — but thanks to above-average defense and arguably the best goalie tandem in the league with Ben Bishop and Anton Khudobin, they win many low-scoring games. Dallas has allowed the second-fewest goals against this season (142) while only No. 25 in goals scored (151).
Despite the lack of offensive production, the Stars (32-19-5) are third in the Central Division, only three points behind Colorado (33-16-5) and four behind St. Louis (32-15-9).