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Dallas Stars Season Predictions

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Will it be a repeat divisional crown or a more difficult road to the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season?

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On the eve of opening night of the NHL season, we at Defending Big D took stock of all of the information we had on hand — painful flashbacks to epic failures of seasons past, exquisite highs of Playoffs gone, additions, subtractions, Corsis and HERO charts — and decided to put together where we believe the Dallas Stars will finish this season. Not only did we give you our prognostications in written form, we decided that a picture was worth a thousand words, and provided you with our season predictions in GIF form.

We hope you enjoy and then share your predictions and/or Stars season in GIF form with us in the comments.


Taylor: Depth is acquired for a reason, and the Stars have it more than some. They'll make the playoffs again this year, but I don't think they repeat as regular season Western Conference champions. 2nd in the Central

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Erin: The top of the MDK division is so tight any one of four teams could legitimately win, and the early injuries to the Stars put them a little behind there. They continue to be the most exciting team in the league in all the good and bad ways that implies, with a strong helping of #GoodAndFun. Goaltending just has to be good enough, and it can be that enough of the time for the Stars to return to the playoffs. 2nd in the Central

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Derek: The Stars haven't drastically changed anything since last season, but that's going to be a good thing. They'll be more comfortable in their system, more well-prepared to handle whatever problems arise, and once again rise to the top in the West. 1st in the Central

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Robert: It's hard to repeat as champions in the best division in hockey. It's even harder when you lose Mattias Janmark, Jason Demers and Alex Goligoski. Still, this team ain't no bananas: 2nd in the Central

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David: Benn still had a few phaser cartridges left in his Bauer musket. The Grampus from Missouri was now just a memory of eons torn. The postmortem lamentations of the second city puck orcs provoked Benn's wry smile. Victory still eluded Benn as he approached the Tannhauser Gate, his gaze set on PK Akumajo who had yet to join the Central Six among the dead. Only one small problem: would the two Finns be any use in this gunfight armed only with steam floor mops? 2nd in the Central

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Wes: The over/under on total defencemen dressed this season is 8.5, and I think there are more questions about the top six than most Stars fans realize. Get ready for some Ruffling. Meanwhile, we're going to spend all season hearing about THAT game 7. Hey, did you know Ben Bishop is available? They lose some games early, but with all of that said, there's only so far a team can fall with Benn, Seguin, Spezza, and Klingberg in the lineup. A very dangerous 3rd in the Central, peaking just in time for the playoffs.

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Melissa: The Stars are just as exciting—and panic-inducing—as last year. Hudler shines in Dallas, and Hamhuis helps fills the hole left by Goligoski. Goaltending and all of the early injuries keep the Stars from the Central crown, but they still look solid. 2nd in the Central

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Kathleen: Last season the Stars won only one preseason game, and we all know that doomed their...oh, wait. The early injuries are scary, but these guys are past masters at flying by the seat of their pants, and the organizational depth has had another season to come into its own. The fight will be tough, but the Stars know how to win the hard way. 1st in the Central

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Huw: Many of the concerns of last season are still there although many of the Dallas Stars young players have a year extra experience. I'm still not convinced by the goaltending and the injuries in the pre season I think may harm the Stars. There will be some bright moments but some terrible moments as well. I'm a pessimist so I say the Stars sneak into the post season in the second wildcard spot. 5th in the Central

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Ann: Though catastrophic injuries pile up around us, we shall emerge victorious in the Central because that's why you stockpile all the depth. Goaltending continues to be our weakest link but we'll score enough that it won't matter. 1st in the Central

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Jordan: While I wouldn't be surprised to see any of the seven teams in the Central win the division, I would be shocked if the Stars fell out of the top three. There is simply too much talent up front to warrant any serious panic in Dallas. As soon as Ben Bishop arrives at the trade deadline, the Stars should be good to go. 2nd in the Central

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Mike: The injury to Mattias Janmark will cause Lindy Ruff and company to shuffle things up. Both Dan Hamhuis and Jiri Hudler will play big roles all season, but once again, will a goalie please show up. Any goalie. 2nd in the Central

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Shawn: I think the Stars should be close to the top of the Central division. The defense will be younger and bigger with the losses of Alex Goligoski, Jason Demers, and Kris Russell. Jami Oleksiak and Patrik Nemeth should step up after their year in Siberia. The Stars should succeed if the Kari Lehtonen / Antti Niemi goalie tandem can keep them in games (and if they can forget about their playoff meltdowns). Injuries to the forward group during training camp and the World Cup should mean young guys like Radek Faksa, Curtis McKenzie, Brett Ritchie, Devin Shore, and Gemel Smith will get the opportunity to make an impact early on. 1st in the Central

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