It's been a long time since the American Airlines Center has seen NHL playoff hockey but that is set to change this evening. After six years the Stars will play their first home playoff game since their run in 2008.
The faces have changed a lot since the Stanley Cup Playoffs was painted onto the ice at the AAC. Only one member of that 2008 team remains with the Dallas Stars: Trevor Daley. It's a point that has been made again and again, that 10 of these players for Dallas have never been in the NHL playoffs until this year.
With the Stars two games down in this opening series it might be worth remembering the mantra from that magical run in 2008:
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Next, Mike Heika takes a look at the possible home ice advantages that the Dallas Stars have at the AAC. The Stars have won 10 out of the their last 12 home games and are hoping to use that to their advantage. [Dallas Morning News]
Despite being down 2-0 in this first round series against the Anaheim Ducks Lindy Ruff is feeling positive. "It doesn't feel like an 0-2 series. We definitely haven't been dominated." Well, lets hope they use that and home advantage to get a game or two back in this series. [Star Telegram]
A look at game three from Rant Sports, Seguin and Benn could be lethal on home ice. I sure hope so. [Rant Sports]
Brent Seabrook was given a three game suspension by the NHL Department of Player Safety for his check on David Backes. [NHL.com]. In addition to the incident, did Duncan Keith taunt Backes as he was getting up? The answer: maybe. [Puck Daddy] Whoever it was, they might want to take a long look at themselves. Hockey might be physical but that doesn't mean mocking fallen opponents.
Justin Bourne at The Score have been looking into relative playoff ticket costs from around the league their first round match ups. Good news Stars fans, the Stars have the cheapest playoff tickets from around the league. [The Score]
Jim Matheson at the Edmonton Journal has posted some thoughts ranging from Nathan MacKinnon (He isn't doing too badly is he?) to potential AHL realignment. It's an interesting read. [Edmonton Journal]