Big Absences Announced For Both Stars & Avalanche For Game 6

 In a huge blow for the Dallas Stars, the team has announced that Roope Hintz will not play once again in Game 6 against the Colorado Avalanche Friday night — his second consecutive game missed due to an upper-body injury suffered in Game 4 on Monday. 

Head coach Pete DeBoer said he is "hopeful" that Hintz can return for whatever comes next — Game 7 of this series or the first game of the Conference Finals. He remains day to day.

The Stars will clearly miss the 30-goal scorer, who was out for Game 5 when the Avalanche were able to stay alive with a 5-3 victory.

As for the Avs, they of course will also be without one of their key offensive weapons in Val Nichushkin, out with a six-month suspension. 

But Colorado has also announced that they'll be without one of their top penalty killers in Game 6, with Yakov Trenin out with an upper-body injury, suffered when he got tangled up during a first period faceoff in Game 5. 

The Stars will try to wrap up the series Friday night in Denver, otherwise it'll head to a Game 7 in Dallas on Sunday. 

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