Dallas Stars forward Roope Hintz out for Game 5 vs. Colorado due to injury

Chris Tanev and Craig Smith, who also suffered injuries in Game 4, will play Wednesday night.

Stars forward Roope Hintz will not play in Game 5 against the Colorado Avalanche because of an upper-body injury, Stars coach Pete DeBoer said Wednesday morning.

Dallas’ top-line centerman exited the Game 4 victory in Colorado after a physical shift late in the first period where he blocked a shot by Avalanche defenseman Sean Walker and was cross-checked by Nathan MacKinnon. The exact cause of the injury has not been disclosed.

While his absence is a significant one, DeBoer said he’s not concerned, as the Stars managed to win 5-1 Monday after Hintz left the game early.


“We essentially played without him last game,” DeBoer said. “He played six or seven minutes. We shifted everybody around last game, so it’s not a major adjustment. The nice thing is we’ll at least have four lines of guys. I think last game, he left early and [Craig] Smith left for part of the game, so we were down to 10 forwards for the middle portions of that game.”

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Hintz led Dallas in playoff points last season. He started this postseason in a slump, recording just one empty-net goal in the first-round series against Vegas. But in Game 2 against Colorado, Hintz had a breakout performance, scoring a goal and recording three assists in the win. He has two goals and four assists total this postseason.


Radek Faksa, who scored the game-winning goal in the Game 7 victory against the Vegas Golden Knights, will replace Hintz in the lineup, DeBoer said.

Faksa has missed the last three games as a healthy scratch. He also missed Games 3 through 6 of the Vegas series with an injury. When he returned in Game 7, he wasn’t fully healthy, but he said Wednesday morning he has now recovered.

“It’s tough to come back in a playoff series, but I already did it once against Vegas, so I know what to expect,” Faksa said. “Obviously, I would love to play. I’m kind of frustrated, especially I think I played pretty good, but we have really good forwards here, big depth and that’s what you need for playoffs.”


Chris Tanev, who absorbed a big hit into the boards at the end of Monday’s game, and Smith, who missed the middle portion of Game 4, will both play Wednesday, DeBoer said.

On the Colorado side, defenseman Devon Toews, who missed Game 4 with an illness, is also expected to play in Game 5.

The Stars lead the series 3-1 and will attempt to close it out at 7 p.m. at American Airlines Center.

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