Stars announce status of Chris Tanev ahead of Game 5

The Stars and Oilers are tied at two games apiece.

Michael W.

Not only did the Dallas Stars drop Game 4 of the Western Conference Final against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night after initially enjoying a 2-0 1st period lead, they also lost key defenseman Chris Tanev after he blocked a shot in the 2nd period from Evander Kane. 

Tanev went down to block an attempt from Oilers forward Evander Kane, which deflected off his right ankle. Immediately in major discomfort, Tanev limped to the bench and eventually down the tunnel toward the dressing room; he did not return in what was ultimately a 5-2 Edmonton victory at Rogers Place. He was later seen wearing a walking boot. 

Tonight, the series resumes from Dallas, with the winner taking a three games to two series lead back to Edmonton. And as far was the status of Tanev is concerned, the Stars have announced that he'll be a game-time decision. Additionally, head coach Peter DeBoer had a more positive spin on the situation, saying that he's "optimistic" that Tanev will be able to suit up. 

Tanev, who was acquired by the Stars at the 2024 NHL Trade Deadline from the Calgary Flames, has skated in 17 postseason games so far, registering an assist along with a +6 rating while averaging 22:33 of ice time. 

Tonight's Game 5 will begin from American Airlines Center in Dallas at 8:30 PM EST. 

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