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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Love for Dave Strader Clear Ahead of Hockey Fights Cancer Night

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The Stars take on the Blue Jackets tonight at 7 p.m. Plus, Gemel Smith gets a call up, and Patrick Sharp is put on IR.

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It’s Hockey Fights Cancer Night tonight at the AAC, as the Stars take on the Blue Jackets. This year, the game takes on added meaning as play-by-play announcer Dave Strader is currently battling cancer.

For the first time since the 1970s, Strader, 61, isn't calling hockey games. He was a fixture in press boxes and on national broadcasts for four decades from Detroit to Arizona to Florida to Dallas, from ESPN to NBC, before he began his battle with cholangiocarcinoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer that attacks the bile duct.

Razor, who’s taken over play-by-play duties, put it this way.

"Everywhere we go and everywhere we went in the preseason, people come and first ask how he's doing, and I always wish I had better news. And then they ask to relay a message that they're thinking about him. That's a pretty good measure of the man, I think."

There’s more at the link, and as a reminder, if you’d like to send a message to Dave, you can at WellWishesForStrader@dallasstars.com. [NHL]

With Patrick Sharp on IR with concussion-like symptoms and Patrick Eaves questionable with a lower-body injury (plus the other litany of injuries the team is dealing with), the Stars have called up Gemel Smith ahead of tonight’s game. [Stars]

Sean Shapiro has the scoop on Peter Budaj’s “career reclamation” after the goalie helped the Kings to a win against the Stars on Thursday. [Today’s Slapshot]

Flyers forward Dale Weise will miss a few games.

Scoring is up around the league, but how long will that last? [TSN]

Five predictions for the rest of the season. [ESPN]

There are quite a few great ones in town for Sunday’s Heritage Classic and today’s alumni game between former Jets and Oilers stars.

Here’s what you need to know about the AHL this season. [Sportsnet]

Despite continued struggles with concussions, Clarke MacArthur isn’t ready to hang up the skates just yet. [Puck Daddy]

On how playing hockey in Arizona shaped rookie phenom Auston Matthews. [Washington Post]

Mark your calendars, y’all.

But who’s going to coach Las Vegas’ team? [Puck Daddy]

Special hockey programs in Massachusetts are helping create a game for everyone. [Boston Globe]

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