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Dallas Stars Daily Links: With Playoffs Looming, We're in "Completely Different World," Says Mike Heika

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With the Stars headed for the postseason, everything matters a little more. Plus, the Kings are in town for a 7:30 p.m. tilt tonight, and blue line cameras are headed our way.

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Mike Heika has some news for you this morning: You're stressed because you care. You're still annoyed about the Stars playing Antti Niemi against the Blues, he says, because this year, everything matters. We're invested. That's certainly not always the case in Dallas come April, but we better get used to it.

That's what you get in the post-season. You get Brenden Morrow defining his career in 2008. You get Ed Belfour beating Patrick Roy in two consecutive seasons. You get Joe Nieuwendyk winning the Conn Smythe Trophy. Those are the memories that stand out in the history of this franchise.

Of course, you also get unbearable pain. You get a loss to New Jersey in the finals, a heart-breaking seven-game series against Vancouver in 2007, a collapse in Game 6 in 2013. They are also memories that stand out in the history of this franchise.

And while the stakes may be higher than they've been in past years, Heika reminds you to enjoy it.

And as scary as it might seem sometimes, it's a world you've probably missed a great deal. So enjoy it. Enjoy it Tuesday against the Kings and enjoy it in April in the playoffs.

Revel even in the minutiae, because from here on out, it all means something.

Basically, to sum up, we're going to suffer, but we're going to be happy about it. There's more at the link. [SportsDayDFW]

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Tonight, the Stars continue their homestand against the Kings at 7:30 p.m. [SportsDayDFW]

This preview of tonight's tilt features Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Patrick Sharp as cast members from A Perfect Storm [The Royal Half]

If you missed Erin's post about it yesterday, Brenden Morrow is expected to officially announce his retirement this Thursday in Dallas.

They may be going about it in completely different ways, but the Stars and the Panthers are both figuring out how to win games this season. [The Hockey Writers]

Relive all the fun from yesterday's Stars chat with Mike Heika. He shares his thoughts on everything from Stephen Johnsto what it was like having Brenden Morrow in Dallas. [SportsDayDFW]

Here's a fun reminder for you ahead of tonight's game at the AAC.

Last night, there was plenty happening in the #MDK.

  • The Kings helpfully beat the Blackhawks 5-0, which gave Jonathan Quick his 41st career shutout, the most ever by a U.S.-born goalie. Here's hoping that means L.A. is pretty tired tonight. [Chicago Sun-Times]
  • The Flames and Michael Frolik also lent a hand to the Stars' quest to stay atop the Central by beating the Blues 7-4. [Flames]
  • The Predators defeated the Oilers 3-2, thanks to a hat trick from former Star James Neal. [The Tennessean]
  • The Jets cruised past the Canucks with a 5-1 win. [NHL]

After injuries to Malcolm, Jordan, and P.K. Subban this year, Karl Subban counts himself lucky that his sons are doing all fine. [Montreal Gazette]

From the top five teams (the Stars rank No. 3) to which ones have the best shot at drafting Auston Matthews, there's plenty of insight waiting for you in Sean McIndoe's latest Grab Bag. [Vice]

Star Wars Nights are always fun. This one, though, is a little extra special.

You can expect to have blue line cameras in time for the playoffs. [NHL]

Kerry Fraser sounds off on the decision to reduce Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman's suspension to 10 games. [TSN]

What sort of impact will not having any Canadian teams in the playoffs have? [CBC]

If we left the decisions up to the Canadiens, here's what the coach's challenge would look like. [Sportsnet]

And finally, please meet Tyler Seguin's newest friend: Tiger Seguin.