Jamie Benn out with cut to leg

Updated: February 17, 2012, 9:45 PM ET
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com

FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn will be out at least the next two games after getting cut on the leg with a skate in Thursday's 3-2 overtime win against the Calgary Flames at American Airlines Center.

Benn was at the Stars' practice facility Friday, walking around on crutches.

"It's a little unlucky, but lucky at the same time. It didn't damage it too bad. I am going to get back on rehab here and I hope to be back soon," Benn said.

Benn was injured in the second period when Flames defenseman Mark Giordano's skate caught Benn in the left thigh.

"I just went to go hit the guy, he kept the puck in, I kind of fell and his skate cut the back of my leg. It was a little bit of a freak accident," Benn said. "You just hope it's not too bad. It was bleeding pretty good there right when it happened. I tried to hobble off pretty quick and the doctors did a good job of stitching me up."

Benn said he received 13 stitches to close the injury.

As for his status, Benn replied: "Day to day. We'll just see how it goes."

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said Benn will miss Saturday's game at Phoenix and Sunday's home game against Nashville, with the hope he'll return Tuesday at Montreal.

"He's got a significant cut on his leg," Gulutzan said. "Thank goodness nothing else was involved, just a deep significant, painful cut. We're glad nothing else happened for sure, but he'll be a day-to-day guy until that heals up."

Gulutzan said Kari Lehtonen would start in goal Saturday against Phoenix. He said Richard Bachman likely would play this weekend, indicating a possible start against the Predators.

Ryan Garbutt, who was called up from the Texas Stars on Friday morning, was one of seven players who took part in an optional practice in Frisco. Gulutzan said there is a possibility Garbutt could play this weekend.

Others players who skated Friday were Loui Eriksson, Philip Larsen, Tomas Vincour, Adam Pardy, Toby Petersen and Bachman.

Mark Stepneski covers the Stars for ESPNDallas.com.

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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.