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Stars' Stankoven makes NHL debut vs. Hurricanes

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Dallas Stars prospect Logan Stankoven took part in his first NHL game Saturday night against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Stars forward Tyler Seguin sat out the tilt due to injury.

Stankoven, who turns 21 on Monday, is thriving in his first season with the AHL's Texas Stars. Stankoven entered Saturday leading the league with 57 points while sitting in a tie for second with 24 goals in 47 outings.

Stankoven similarly dominated the WHL last season, amassing a whopping 97 points (34 goals and 63 assists) in 48 outings as a member of the Kamloops Blazers. That was the fourth-highest total in the league even though Stankoven missed 20 games.

Dallas selected Stankoven in the second round of the 2021 NHL Draft.

The Stars have been relatively thin up front as of late. Evgenii Dadonov has missed the last four games because of a lower-body fracture, and the team shifted him to long-term injured reserve Sunday. Meanwhile, Matt Duchene was a late scratch during Monday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins. Dallas had to play a man short as a result.

Dallas (34-16-8) came into Saturday sitting second to the Winnipeg Jets (35-15-5) in the Central Division by points percentage. The Stars led the Jets by a single point with Winnipeg having played three fewer games.

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