Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Will Take on Anaheim Ducks in First Round

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

In which the Phoenix Coyotes play for pride, the Dallas Stars play because the game is on the schedule, while destiny, and a meeting with the Anaheim Ducks awaits...

You know what's great? I didn't watch the Phoenix Coyotes game last night. You know why that's great? Because I didn't care about the Phoenix Coyotes game tonight. Yes, for the first time in nearly six months, I wasn't worried about what else was happening around the NHL, or how it would affect the Stars' playoff chances.

I feel so relaxed right now.

Of course, there were still things happening around the NHL last night that affect the Stars. Namely, the Anaheim game in LA. Ladies and Gentlemen... your Dallas Stars' first round opponent! The Anaheim Ducks!

Yep. Anaheim beat LA in a shootout, meaning they've locked up the top seed in the West. The Stars are officially on the path to being crowned the 2013-2014 Pacific Division Champions.

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Previews of tonight's meaningless, but in a good way, game. [Stars Inside Edge] [NHL.com]

In fact, consider tonight's game a tune up. [Sports Day DFW]

A few thoughts from Jim Nill and Lindy Ruff on the Stars achievement. [Stars Inside Edge]

And Mike Heika's Observations from the win on Friday night. [Sports Day DFW]

While it remains to be seen whether Colorado or St. Louis will hold the first seed in the Central Division, after last night's games, the Eastern Conference playoff pairings are set. [NHL.com]

In case you care, which you don't, the Coyotes lost their 7th straight last night. [NHL.com]

Conversely, the Texas Stars won their 11th straight game last night, and in so doing clinched the top spot in the AHL's Western Conference. [100 Degree Hockey]

Well how 'bout this? A first ever NCAA championship for Union College. [Puck Daddy]

The playoff teams were finalized with Dallas' victory over the Blues on Friday. But that doesn't mean there weren't a few reasons to watch hockey this weekend. [Puck Daddy]

And lastly, Down Goes Brown's Grab Bag. Worth it just for this image:

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