Stars' Skrastins likely out vs. Edmonton

Updated: December 5, 2009, 2:12 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

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Dallas Stars defenseman Karlis Skrastins likely will not play in Saturday's afternoon game with Edmonton because of a laceration in his right index finger.

A skate cut Skrastins' finger in Thursday's 3-1 win over Anaheim. He could return in time for Tuesday's game in Anaheim.

"He's a very good defender," coach Marc Crawford said. "It's just stitches and the swelling will go down. He'd have to make a miraculous recovery to play. There's no severe damage. It's just unfortunately mean he's going to miss a game."

Jeff Woywitka will likely replace Skrastins in the lineup. Skrastins leads the team with 63 blocked shots.

Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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