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ESPN's Sean McIndoe tells you how the Stars are saving the NHL. Plus, get ready for tonight's tilt against the Canucks, and a look at the top Hart Trophy candidates.

All right, gather 'round and listen up. Sean McIndoe has an important directive for everyone.

This season, we all need to cheer for the Dallas Stars to win the Stanley Cup.

That's obviously not a hardship for most of us, but McIndoe makes a strong case for why the Stars' success is a good thing for the game. The hope is that, with the NHL being a copycat league, other teams will adopt the exciting pace that Dallas fans see on a regular basis.

As of Wednesday morning, the Stars lead the league in goals per game, averaging 3.48. And at 2.60 goals-per-game allowed, they rank in the bottom half of the league. They're a high-event team, one that makes for must-see TV whenever they take to the ice. An NHL in which 29 teams were all trying to be the Stars would be all sorts of fun.

McIndoe also offers reasons why those in need of a team to cheer for should jump on the Stars bandwagon.

Look, this will be confusing at first. If you're used to watching one of the league's weaker teams, you're going to feel like the game is being played in fast-forward. When a goal happens, you won't always have time to complete an hour-long analysis of the play before the next one comes around. And occasionally, you'll watch both teams go back and forth, trading scoring chances, and then feel confused when Lindy Ruff doesn't immediately call a timeout to scream at his team to never do that again.

But you'll get used to it. And then you'll love it. And then, if it all goes according to plan, you can go back to your boring old team in the offseason, and watch them try to play Dallas Stars hockey.

For more thoughts on why the Stars are the team to root for—despite having, according to McIndoe, "ugly green jerseys"— head to the link. [ESPN]

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Tonight, prepare to stay up late to watch the Stars face the Canucks at 9 p.m. [Stars Inside Edge]

Fighting for his place in the lineup is nothing new for Jordie Benn, who worked his way from the ECHL to the NHL. His willingness to earn his spot has led to success. [SportsDayDFW]

Another day, another opportunity for the Stars to take the top spot in the media's power rankings. [Sports Illustrated]

Here's your chance to jazz up your hat collection. As an added bonus, $5 from every purchase will go to the Seguin's Stars Foundation.

The Canucks will be without Brandon Sutter when they face the Stars tonight. Sutter will miss the next 4-6 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a sports hernia. [NHL]

It's hard to find fault with Jim Nill. Over at the Hockey Writers, Taylor Raglin picks the top 5 moves the GM has made since coming to Dallas. [THW]

As Hart Trophy speculation continues, keep an eye on these 10 players, including Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. [Puck Daddy]

Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas is the latest player to be suspended.

They say that breaking up is hard to do—here are 10 times the NHL proved that to be true. [Sportsnet]

When Jonathan Bernier imagined how the 2015-16 season was going to go, he probably didn't picture a stint in the AHL.

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin finally has some help in Washington. [Japers' Rink]

Also from Sean McIndoe, a look at six teams in the East that are juggling uncertain goalie situations. [ESPN]

You wanna bet that Jaromir Jagr makes the All-Star game anyway and then dominates?

And speaking of All-Star voting, the fact that John Scott doesn't really want to go means we can stop with that whole trying to vote him in ironically thing, right? [AZ Central]

Bruins broadcaster Jack Edwards shares his thoughts on a variety of subjects, from his take on Patrice Bergeron to how an app is revolutionizing his routine. [Sportsnet]

And finally, here's a little blast from the past...