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Jamie Benn skips Stars’ practice with wrist injury

Jamie Benn

Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn (14), of Canada, celebrates is goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, in Dallas. Benn scored two goals as Dallas won 4-1. (AP Photo/John F. Rhodes)


In an unexpected twist, Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn sat out Monday’s practice, but it wasn’t because of an injury related to Martin Hanzal’s hit (which knocked him out of Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes).

At least that’s what he told the Dallas Morning News. Instead, he decided to get treatment on a wrist injury he suffered earlier in that game.

He might even be able to play in Tuesday’s game against the Nashville Predators.

“The wrist was a whole separate play, it had nothing to do with the hit,” Benn said. “The wrist is a little sore today. I took the day off, got a little treatment done. I’ll skate tomorrow and see how it feels.”

In other promising news for tomorrow’s contest, Ray Whitney could suit up as well after missing 16 games with a foot injury. He still needs to be cleared by team doctors (news of that might surface later tonight).

While it might not happen that soon, it sounds like the Stars are as close to full strength as they’ve been all season long.

One more Stars bit: the team recalled forward Tomas Vincour in exchange for winger Matt Fraser on Monday.