With the high number of regular Dallas Stars scratched because of injuries, last night's game really hurt to watch.

(Get it? Hurt to watch?)

Thankfully, the Dallas Stars were able to hold their own against one of the top 3 teams in the conference, despite the fact that they were missing Derek Roy, Jaromir Jagr, and Kari Lehtonen due to some minor tweaks. Throw in the fact that Jamie Benn was still missing because of his visa issues, and a lot of fans (rightfully so) thought that the game was going to be a complete blowout.

The Stars held their own, though, only losing by a single goal at the final buzzer. They may not have earned any points in the standings, but last night's game can certainly give fans and the players alike some confidence. They may not be one of the top teams in the conference, but they showed that they can at least hang with the big boys even with a depleted roster.

It's a good thing we know this now, too, because this will not be the only times injuries come up this season. 48 games in 99 days is a compact schedule, and injuries are bound to happen. The mistake that head coach Glen Gulutzan refuses to make, though, is bringing players back too early, and risk them doing more serious damage to themselves.