June 22nd, 2024

Hintz, Henrique both miss Game 2 of NHL’s Western Conference final

By The Canadian Press on May 25, 2024.

Colorado Avalanche defenceman Josh Manson, right, knocks over Dallas Stars centre Roope Hintz, left, in the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Denver. Dallas Stars top-line centre Hintz and Edmonton Oilers forward Adam Henrique are both expected to take part in warm-ups Saturday ahead of Game 2 of the Western Conference final. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-David Zalubowski

Dallas Stars No. 1 centre Roope Hintz and Edmonton Oilers forward Adam Henrique both missed Saturday’s Game 2 of the Western Conference final.

Hintz hasn’t played since suffering a lower-body injury in Game 4 of the Stars’ second-round series against the Colorado Avalanche.

Henrique has been dealing with a suspected ankle problem since Game 5 of the Oilers’ first-round matchup with the Los Angeles Kings.

He tried to play in Game 2 of Edmonton’s second-round series against the Vancouver Canucks, but has been sidelined since.

Dallas was also minus veteran forward Radek Faksa (undisclosed) on Saturday. Ty Dellandrea took his spot in the lineup.

Henrique, who stayed out late with the projected scratches after the team’s morning skate, took warmup at American Airlines Center, but was scratched. He has a goal and an assist in six NHL playoff games this spring.

Hintz, who has two goals and four assists in 11 playoff contests, wasn’t on the ice the ice with his teammates.

“He’s not (Edmonton captain Connor) McDavid, but what would they be if they took their first line centre out?” Stars head coach Pete DeBoer said Saturday morning. “Or what would the Rangers be if you took Mika Zibanejad out of the lineup?

“He’s big, he skates well, he’s a 200-foot player, he’s one of our best defensive players, one of our best penalty killers, creates offence.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 25, 2024.

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