The Stars salvaged a 2-2 tie with the Oilers Friday night, but lost captain Derian Hatcher for at least six to eight weeks and C Joe Nieuwendyk indefinitely.
Hatcher left the game midway through the second period after suffering a calf laceration that cut through the muscle. He'll be on crutches for at least four weeks. Hatcher was on crutches and was heavily iced and taped after the game. Nieuwendyk left not long after Hatcher with cartilage damage in his chest.
"That's a big blow for us. They had been our two best players," Stars Coach Ken Hitchcock said.
Hatcher has been the Stars' best player for most of this season, putting up Norris Trophy-like numbers. He has a pair of goals and 14 assists while ranking among the NHL leaders in ice time at almost 30 minutes per game. Nieuwendyk, meanwhile, was centering what had been the Stars' most productive line recently. He has 10 goals and 12 assists this season.
Hatcher had to be helped off ice with 9 minutes 56 seconds remaining in the second period. He had been skating behind the Stars' net when Oilers C Todd Marchant tried to check him into the boards. Marchant missed, but Marchant's skate clipped Hatcher in the back of his right calf.