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Stars new defense pairings get the opener of a home and home series.

Winnipeg Jets v Dallas Stars Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Prior to last night’s game with the Winnipeg Jets, Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff caused quite a stir when it was announced defenseman Stephen Johns would be a healthy scratch. He also switched up the pairings, with Patrik Nemeth skating with John Klingberg.

The Stars got a goal in each period and staved off a rally by the Jets, who scored a late power play goal with the goalie pulled, for the 3-2 win.

Sean Shapiro has a recap of the game here. (NHL)

The win salvaged the last game of Dallas' 1-1-1 home stand. Winnipeg lost its second straight and fourth in five games. (Fox Sports)

Florida Panthers v Dallas Stars Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Tuesday’s game was the NHL debut of center Justin Dowling, who was called up after Jason Spezza left Monday’s practice with an injury. The undrafted forward got his first NHL point with an assist on Patrick Eaves goal in the 2nd period. Read about his career progression from the ECHL to NHL. (Today’s Slap Shot)

Coach Ruff had this to say about Dowling’s debut:

“I thought he played excellent. I thought he played really well in his own end. I thought those guys generated some good chances and played well defensively. Sometimes you worry about a guy like that playing down low against some of the bodies you have to play against but he was smart and got himself in the right place. He moved the puck well out of his own end. Offensively, he got himself in the slot for a great opportunity. I thought we had a great night out of his line and a great night out of the (Devin) Shore line and Segs (Tyler Seguin) had a heck of a goal off the wing so there was opportunities there from all four lines.”

More post game quotes: (Ruffled Lines)

Forward Patrick Eaves returned to the line up after missing Saturday’s game to register his 100th goal.

(Credit: Andy Nietupski/Texas Stars)

The Texas Stars returned home last night to face their in-state rival the San Antonio Rampage (Colorado Avalanche). Texas had problems staying out of the penalty box and fell 3-2 in the first of 14 meetings this season between the two teams. (100 Degree Hockey)

Elsewhere in the NHL:

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Sidney Crosby, who missed the start of the season with a concussion, returned last night for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Crosby tallied a goal to help the Penguins get a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers. (CBC)

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has dismissed the idea of trading goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

Sam Werner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Rutherford dismissed that notion, cautioning against the presumption the 31-year-old Fleury is on his way out. The Pens GM wants to see how things play out with his goalie tandem this season. (Hockey News)

The whole story is here: (CBS Pittsburgh)

Calgary Flames Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images

Goalie Brian Elliott, who helped the St. Louis Blues eliminate the Stars in the playoffs last season, was traded to the Calgary Flames during the summer. Elliott has struggled so far, going 0-3 before picking up his first win last Saturday. He returned to St. Louis last night and backstopped the Flames to a 3-1 win. (NHL)

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop lost some front teeth in Tampa’s 7-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Watch the video of the shot here. (Dead Spin)

Full Scoreboard:

The Chicago Blackhawks have one of the worst penalty kills this season, allowing 14 goals on the man advantage. That is detailed in this article, along with some other team numbers you may find interesting. (NBC Sports)

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has said that Seattle is not a consideration for relocation or expansion until there’s a suitable arena.

Seattle is looking to be the 32nd NHL team with a group of investors building a new arena without any public financing. (WFAA8)

NHL officials traveled to South Korea to inspect the rinks as part of the process of voting to allow NHL players to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics. (Sports Net)

Finally, take a look at Tyler Seguin’s 3rd period goal: