Loui Eriksson out with upper body injury

Updated: March 17, 2011, 8:33 PM ET
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Dallas Stars forward Loui Eriksson, who suffered an upper body injury after being hit in the head, did not play Thursday night against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Eriksson left Tuesday's game in the second period after getting hit by San Jose Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray and did not return. Steve Ott and Tomas Vincour, who also suffered shots to the head against the Sharks, were healthy enough to play against Chicago.

Right wing Brandon Segal cleared re-entry waivers, was recalled and was in the lineup for the Stars.

"He gives us another option tonight, a big body," Stars coach Marc Crawford said Thursday. "He played well this year and really was a victim of circumstance when we picked up Jamie Langenbrunner. He was one guy that could go down and save us some money. He was a political decision more than a hockey decision. We're pleased to have him back."

Segal was sent to the AHL on Jan. 11. He played 30 games with the Texas Stars, registering 17 points (7 goals, 10 assists).

"It's great to be back. This is where I want to be," Segal said. "Things were going great and then there were some unfortunate circumstances. That's just the way the business works. The main thing is I am back here and ready to help this team."

Segal has four goals and five assists in 36 games with Dallas this season.

Mark Stepneski covers the Stars for ESPNDallas.com.

Mark Stepneski

ESPNDallas.com
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.

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