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Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Robidas won't miss time after surgery

By Richard Durrett
ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas will play Tuesday night against Chicago and wear a cage to protect his face after having surgery Monday morning to move a cheek bone that was pressing against the muscle and nerves in part of his head.

Robidas, 32, suffered the injury when he was hit in the face by a puck during Sunday's practice.

"I saw a dent there, so I knew something was wrong," Robidas said. "My cheek bone caved in a little bit. They had to do an incision on the side of my head and pop the bone back out. It was causing a little bit of pain."

Robidas said the procedure took 10 to 15 minutes.

"They put me under, but the surgery was at 7 a.m. and I was home by 10," Robidas said. "I'm ready to go."

That means Robidas will be able to play his usual spot on the top pair with Nicklas Grossman. Trevor Daley, who is returning to the lineup after missing five games with a shoulder injury, will play with Karlis Skrastins. Stars coach Marc Crawford will decide at game time what his third pair will be. He has Maxime Fortunus, Jeff Woywitka and Matt Niskanen available.