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Stargazing: Niskanen Getting Closer, Lehtonen in Goal Monday

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Not much going out in Stars land these days as we take it easy and enjoy the fruits of their hard labors, including a masterful third period romp over the Thrashers last night after Kari Lehtonen kept the Stars in front through much of the first half.

Speaking of Kari Lehtonen, Marc Crawford told the media at practice today the big Finn will start once again against the Kings on Monday. Given the Stars struggles against the Pacific this year and the Kings utter desperation after a 2-6 home stand, that is a HUGE game. Thus far the Stars lead the division without really having done any damage there. Tomorrow is a good chance to push the Kings further into the hole.

Tomorrow's game is on Versus, remember, and Razor Reaugh will be the color man.

Enjoy Pats/Jets in the mean time. It can't be any worse than the Bears and Seahawks....right?

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  • After a storm of controversy late last night on Defending Big D (#sarcasm), the NHL eventually changed Jeff Woywitka's goal to a PP marker on the official score sheet. [NHL.com]
  • The Stars had their wives/girlfriends/kids at practice this morning. [Dallas Morning News]
  • The James Neal/Loui Eriksson exchange following a Brad Richards takeaway was Pro Hockey Talks goal of the night. [PHT]
  • The Edmonton Journal makes some really bold proclamations...

If unrestricted free-agent centre Brad Richards isn't into "show me the money," he'll stay where he is, playing with kids Loui Eriksson and James Neal for a cut on the $7.6 million he makes now. The only other place Richards will go is to the New York Rangers to play with his old Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella.

"The only other place..."?? Talk about unsubstantiated...

And this beauty...

By the time the playoffs roll around, Langenbrunner will be the Dallas Stars' second-line right-winger for his gritty game, with Brenden Morrow on the left side and slight playmaker Mike Ribeiro in the middle.

Uh, he played there last night and some of the game on Tuesday vs Edmonton, so...what a bold prediction that is! [Edmonton Journal]

  • Matt Niskanen handled a puck today for the first time since his collision with Karlis Skrastins on January 5th. [ESPN Dallas]
  • Early Kings/Stars Preview [CBS]
  • The math just keeps getting prettier and prettier for the Stars on the playoff front. [Sport Club Stats]