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Despite playing less than 10 minutes a game, Cracknell is leading the Stars’ depth scoring.

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Dallas Stars Winger Adam Cracknell was signed during the summer to provide the Stars with veteran depth. With injuries to Ales Hemsky, Mattias Janmark and Cody Eakin that plan changed.

And Cracknell has provided some quality depth, being a key player in the Stars' bottom six group of forwards. He's played both center and wing and chipped in offensively, registering three points (two goals, one assist) in the first three games.

Stars Head Coach Lindy Ruff has taken notice of Cracknell’s play.

"I like the fact that he's been able to hang onto pucks and been able to get to the net and he's been rewarded for it," Ruff said.

With high-end offensive weapons like Jason Spezza, Patrick Sharp, and John Klingberg still trying to find their rhythm, the Stars have needed some depth scoring early in the season.

The contributions of players like Cracknell and others have given the Stars some solid offensive depth in the first three games. Nine Dallas players have scored goals and 17 players have registered points in the first three games.

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The Stars, fresh off their 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators Tuesday night, return to the American Airlines Center to face another Western Conference foe: the Los Angles Kings. Here’s what to look for when the puck drops at 7:30 PM CDT. (Star-Telegram)

The Kings will be without their starting goaltender as Jonathan Quick left their opening night game versus the San Jose Sharks with a groin injury. He elected to undergo a non-surgical procedure and is expected to miss three months. (LA Times)

Quick’s injury has given former Stars goaltending prospect Jack Campbell a starting role for the Ontario Reign, the Kings’ AHL affiliate. Campbell will get a chance to face his former team this Friday when they play the Texas Stars. Last season, Texas was 0-6 vs the Pacific Division Champions. (LA Kings Insider)

Texas traveled to Stockton last night to face the Heat (Calgary) and seemed to suffer from a case of jet lag in the 5-1 loss. Texas gave up two power play goals and goaltender Maxime Lagace was pulled after allowing three goals in eight minutes of play.

In NHL action last night all eyes were on the match-up of the Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs to see the battle of Mario Lemieux vs Wayne Gretzky 2016 first round draft picks: Auston Matthews (selected first overall by the Leafs) and Patrik Laine (selected second overall by the Jets).

Laine won last night’s battle with a hat trick including the game winner in overtime:

And then making a little history of his own:

The only other game on the schedule featured an Original Six matchup with the New York Rangers hosting the Detroit Red Wings.

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Montreal Canadiens Goalie Carey Price will make his season debut versus the Arizona Coyotes tonight. Price has yet to play a game in the regular season after sustaining an injury in preseason action. (Today’s Slapshot)

While the Canadiens will be getting a goaltender back, the Coyotes are losing a goaltender after Mike Smith left their game versus the Ottawa Senators Tuesday night with the dreaded “lower body injury”. (Five For Howling)

With the 2017 expansion draft coming up for the yet-to-be-named Las Vegas team, teams around the league will only be able to protect one goaltender and that could make for a hot trade market at the position this season. (The Hockey News)

Management of the new Las Vegas expansion team is reportedly getting closer to a name and a logo. (Sports Illustrated)

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One of the biggest free agents signings during the summer was left winger Andrew Ladd (no relation) moving to Brooklyn when he signed with New York Islanders. But Ladd is off to a slow start in the Big Apple. (Today’s Slapshot)

In the modern NHL, everyone seems to be infatuated with stats and analytics with words like Corsi and Fenwick part of the everyday language for hockey fans and media alike. (And if your eyes glazed over just now, this Matchsticks and Gasoline article is a great hockey stats primer). Jason Gregor takes a look at former Stars and current Edmonton Oilers defenseman Kris Russell’s on-ice success when compared against those stats. (Edmonton Journal)

NHL General Managers Media Opp
Ken Holland Red Wings GM
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Only a few games into the season Down Goes Brown takes a look at 5 general managers that could be on the hot seat this season. (The Hockey News)

Fifty years ago yesterday Boston Bruins great Bobby Orr began his NHL Hall of Fame career in the old Boston Garden versus Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe’s Detroit team. (Boston Globe)

Last year, the American Airlines Center had the Klingburger named after John Klingberg. This season, they have a Jason Spezza-inspired hamburger.