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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Lindy Ruff Working to Create Right Balance for Stars

The Stars face the Flyers this afternoon. Plus, Jiri Hudler is off IR, but Julius Honka has taken his place.

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Don’t forget: It’s an early puck drop today. At noon, the Stars take on the Flyers, who are currently riding a seven-game winning streak.

After the Stars’ commanding win over the Predators on Tuesday, Mike Heika took a look at head coach Lindy Ruff and his responsibility to the team.

Ruff said it's not the amount of work or study the group puts in, but rather how it puts that work to use. He said the key is not always digging for more information, but in finding the subtle tweaks to get players to play better.

"I think as a coach you are always asking if you can do more," Ruff said. "It's finding the right combinations, finding out who plays well together, getting the most out of your individual players and also out of your team as a group."

There’s more from Heika about Ruff and the Stars’ identity at the link. [SportsDayDFW]

The Stars activated Jiri Hudler from IR, and Johnny Oduya is expected to play this weekend. But though the hockey gods giveth, they also taketh away. Despite the positive news regarding Hudler and Oduya, the Stars placed Julius Honka on IR with an upper-body injury.

Last night, in the Central Division...

  • It was Star Wars Night in New Jersey, but the Blues still defeated the Devils 4-1. [All About the Jersey]

Mattias Janmark is officially 24 years (and a few days) old.

Rookie defenseman Zach Werenski has wasted no time impressing in Columbus. [Sportsnet]

The Islanders’ decision to give Cal Clutterbuck a five-year, $17.5-million extension will probably come back to haunt them. [The Hockey News]

The NHL’s concussion spotters have an ally in Wayne Gretzky. [Puck Daddy]

What’s behind the Flames hot streak? Chad Johnson’s stellar goaltending, for starters. [Sportsnet]

The Coyotes have traded a conditional draft pick for Leafs center Peter Holland.

As far as league executives are concerned, this year’s World Cup of Hockey was a success. [NHL]

Today, Les Canadiennes de Montreal and the Calgary Inferno will play the first CWHL game at the Bell Centre. The league has continued to grow in recent years. [New York Times]

More and more often, Long Island and its youth hockey programs are producing NHL-caliber talent. [Sports Illustrated]

And finally, in case you missed this on the broadcast or on Erin’s post yesterday, take the chance to watch this story on Nathan Beatty and his bucket list.