Without their top two centers until after the All-Star break, the Dallas Stars know they'll have to grind out victories.
The Tampa Bay Lightning would take a road win no matter how it looks.
Dallas will try to snap a three-game losing streak Friday night when the Lightning go for their first victory away from home in seven attempts.
With Mike Ribeiro already out for a few weeks following a knee injury suffered Jan. 7 against Edmonton, the Stars (24-19-2) received even more bad news Sunday when All-Star Jamie Benn had an appendectomy that could keep him sidelined for two weeks.
Dallas, which has three more games before the break, has scored twice in two contests with Ribeiro and Benn both out of the lineup. The pair has 23 goals and 50 assists.
"We've just got to keep sticking with it - kind of a depleted lineup with our two big centermen out, but this is the way we're going to have to play," said captain Brenden Morrow, who scored for the first time in 13 ...