Stars center Radek Faksa was unfit to play for Game 4 of the Western Conference final.
Faksa appeared to injure his left hand in the third period of Game 3 on Thursday after a collision with Vegas forward Alex Tuch. After the play, Faksa shook off his glove and looked at his hand. After the game, video from the Stars dressing room showed a large wrap on Faksa’s left hand.
Faksa centers the Stars’ checking line that has Jason Dickinson and Blake Comeau on the wings. He also plays in the slot on Miro Heiskanen’s power-play unit and has three goals and five assists in the playoffs.
Without Faksa, the Stars shifted Dickinson to center and re-inserted Andrew Cogliano into the lineup. Cogliano was a healthy scratch for the last three games after missing Game 7 against Colorado with an injury. Since then, the Stars opted to keep Joel Kiviranta in the lineup over Cogliano.
On the power play, Mattias Janmark could get the nod as the bumper on Heiskanen’s power play unit or the Stars could ask Kiviranta to fill in there.
Bowness also said goaltender Ben Bishop and defensemen Taylor Fedun and Stephen Johns are also unfit to play.
Bishop has not played since Game 5 against Colorado, while Fedun has not played since Game 6 against the Avalanche and Johns last played in Game 1 against Calgary.
Matthew DeFranks. Matt covers the Stars for SportsDay, and previously covered the Florida Panthers for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He’s also covered college football, the Miami Marlins, the Kansas City Royals and the Los Angeles Angels for a variety of outlets. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame.
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