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Stars spot the Wild a 4 goal headstart, Goalie tandem needs fixing, Nemeth is recalled.

NHL: Minnesota Wild at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

John Klingberg’s 3rd period goal tied things up last night, after the Stars gifted the Wild a 4 goal head start. Stars fans thought maybe the team could get the win, The Hockey Gods said otherwise when a deflection, off a Jordie Benn turnover, led to a Jason Zucker goal and the 5-4 win.

It's really disappointing," Stars defenseman Dan Hamhuis said. "Obviously, we didn't get off to a great start and put ourselves into a huge hole, but we worked our way out of it, and it made for a real exciting game there. When they got that fifth goal, it was crushing. It was too bad because we were pretty fired up and the fans were fired up about us coming back. It was really disappointing to lose this game.

Antti Niemi was pulled just 4 minutes into the game surrendering 3 goals on 3 shots for a 44.81 GAA stat line. It was the 2nd game in a row that the Stars had little energy in the first period.

It was good to see there was no quit and there have been a few ugly ones in the league this year," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. "We creep a little bit above [.500], lose a tough one and battle hard to get to that one or two [games above], but we haven't been able to push through and put a string of games together.

More here. (Stars Inside Edge)

More and more it is looking like the Niemi/Kari Lehtonen goalie tandem is not working out for the Stars this season. Prior to last night’s game the duo had a .900 save percentage which is good enough for 26th in the NHL. With the Cedar Park goalies struggling also, one has to wonder if GM Jim Nill will make a move. (The Score)

Minnesota Wild v Dallas Stars Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images

Tyler Seguin had a goal and a helper to move into the 8th spot, of points leaders, by himself with 43 points. With the rest of the team struggling to score, Seguin will need to produce more if Dallas wants to make a post season run. (Fanrag Sports)

Dallas heads to the state of New York for their next 3 games. Including a noon game Monday against the Sabres. They need to turn things around on the road, where they haven’t had much success this season. (Blackout Dallas)

Prior to last nights game Dallas recalled defenseman Patrik Nemeth from his conditioning assignment with Texas. Jamie Oleksiak’s hand injury meant there was only 6 health defensemen. (Wrong Side of the Red Line)

Texas Stars:

Texas lost 3-2 last night to the Tucson Roadrunners (Arizona). Julius Honka had one of the goals and the Stars outshot the Roadrunners, but couldn’t overcome 3 Tucson 1st period goals. (Texas Stars)

Former Tucson captain Craig Cunningham returned to the arena last night. Cunningham had a leg amputated after he collapsed on the ice in December:

Cody McLeod just one day after being traded by the Avalanche to the Predators had a goal and fought Jerome Iginla in the Preds 3-2 win over the Avs. (On the Forecheck)

Mile High Hockey looks at why the McLeod trade was good for Colorado. (MHH)

Despite the Jets struggles this season it looks like Head Coach Paul Maurice’s job is safe. In fact one hockey insider thinks he will get an extension come this summer. (Sportsnet)

Minnesota’s defense is chipping in with offense this season. In their last 6 games the Wild D men have put up 23 points. (Fan Rag Sports)

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It looks like one of the more fun skills in the All-Star game, The Breakaway Challenge, will no longer be included. (SB Nation)

At the midpoint of the season which teams need to go into rebuild mode? Count the Bruins, Jets and Canucks among teams that need resurrecting. (Bleacher Report)

Last week the San Diego Chargers(NFL) moved to Los Angeles. Now the Oakland Raiders are looking to move to Las Vegas. Whether this could affect the new NHL expansion team there, Deputy NHL Commissioner Bill Daly remained neutral.

I would say overall, it’s neutral. We were certainly aware of the talk and the possibility of the NFL locating a franchise in Vegas at the time we made the decision to expand into Las Vegas,” Daly said via email to Puck Daddy. “So, obviously, we felt an NFL team – if it transpired (and certainly time will tell on that) – wouldn’t materially affect the business of the hockey team. That continues to be our feeling. I think while fan bases undoubtedly overlap, the sports ‘buy’ for sponsors is materially different as between football and hockey. (Yahoo Sports)

Which underrated players are having an impact this year in the NHL? (THN)

Finally Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky had a reputation of being a soft player, but playing with a broken rib should shed that label.