Adam Burish injury another tough break for Stars

FRISCO -- The injuries are starting to pile up for the Dallas Stars. The latest big blow on the injury front is forward Adam Burish, who is expected to be out four to six weeks with a broken hand.

“Bur was playing really well for us,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “It’s unfortunate.”

Burish was injured in Tuesday night’s 6-0 loss to Florida when he was hit in the left hand by a puck off the stick of teammate Brenden Morrow.

Burish was the second Dallas player to get knocked out of action by a puck in the last three games. Defenseman Alex Goligoski is expected to be out at least four weeks after suffering a broken thumb in last Friday’s 3-1 loss at Pittsburgh.

The status of forward Krys Barch is up in the air as well. He twisted an ankle in the Florida game and he is listed as day-to-day.

“You’d rather have them now. You’d rather not have them at all, but if you are going to have them, have them now,” said Gulutzan. “We’ve got the guys that can up their levels with Goose and Bur and Barchy out. The depth will have to fill in for the guys that are out.”

With Goligoski out the Stars still have six healthy regular NHL defensemen and over the weekend they called up Philip Larsen, who Gulutzan said is ready to be an NHL player.

The Stars will get some relief at forward with the expected return of Steve Ott, who has missed the last six games with a hip pointer. Ott should be ready to return for Friday's game at Colorado.

“Today was the best day I had in a couple weeks now. I am actually energetic about it,” Ott said following Wednesday’s practice. “I’ve come off the ice the last couple times maybe a little hesitant or not so excited because I knew I needed more days. Now I am at a point where today was a real good day. I am a lot closer to that 100 percent mark now than I was even yesterday.”

Gulutzan said Ott will take Burish’s spot at right wing on a line with Morrow and Mike Ribeiro. The rest of the lines will remain the same.

Whether the Stars call up a forward from the Texas Stars will depend on whether Barch is ready to go this weekend.

“We haven’t crossed that bridge yet,” Gulutzan said. “We want to see how Barchy is and if Barchy isn’t a game guy then we’ll probably have to call somebody up.

The Stars play at Colorado Friday and then host San Jose on Saturday.