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Benn says he will play Wednesday, can the Stars go on a run in 2017, and WJC prospect update.

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Stars captain Jamie Benn missed practice yesterday after getting a stick caught in his skate, during Saturday’s game. Benn hasn’t missed a game due to injury since March 2013, hopes the extra days rest will allow him to play Wednesday.

I feel pretty good. Just a little bit of a tweak in my foot the last game," Benn said Monday. "Just going to take it day by day. We've got a couple days here, so it will be great to get some maintenance.

Benn has a history of playing through injuries, including still playing with 2 bad hips during the 2014-15 season and was still able to win the Art Ross Trophy.

I think it is every hockey player's mentality that they want to play every game," Benn said. "It's doing the right things and the smart things to be in or out, so we'll see what happens the next couple days here. Hopefully, I'll be in on Wednesday.

More here and a Antoine Roussel injury update. (Stars Inside Edge)

Do you remember this tweet from December 12th prior to the Stars 6-2 win over Anaheim? Can Dallas turn things around similar to the Ducks last season now that the calendar has flipped to 2017?

On January 1, 2016, the Ducks were 15-15-6. That’s 36 points. The Stars are 16-15-7 with 39 points. If the Stars can learn anything from the Ducks, it’s that a semi-slow start does not do you in for the rest of the season. Anaheim’s turnaround can be mirrored. It’s up to the Stars to figure out how. (Blackout Dallas)

Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News held his weekly Q&A session yesterday. Topics discussed included: What the Stars New Year’s resolution should be, what to expect from the team in 2017 and more. (DMN)

How did the Stars prospects do at the World Junior Championship yesterday?

One for the ladies:

Texas Stars:

Texas had rough week splitting a home and home series with San Antonio (Colorado) and losing both weekend games to San Diego (Anaheim). More in the weekly report (Texas Stars)


Only 3 games on last night’s schedule but 2 of them involved Central Division (MDK) teams:

It was the Vladimir Taresenko show Stars fans still wishing the team had selected him with the 11th pick in the 2010 NHL Draft instead of goalie Jack Campbell as his 2 third period goals helped the Blues to win the Winter Classic contest over the Blackhawks 4-1. (St. Louis Game Time)

Canucks goalie Ryan Miller picked up his 350th career win 3-2 over the hapless Avalanche. (Nucks Misconduct)

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2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Chicago Blackhawks v St Louis Blues Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images

Last week the Hawks inked Artemi Panarin to a new 2 year contract for $12 million. That means Chicago now has a cap hit of $66 million for just 15 players leaving just a little over $7 mil to fill out the remaining 8 roster spaces. GM Stan Bowman will have to work his cap magic again. (Fanrag Sports)

With the off season trade or Shea Weber for P. K. Subban many hockey pundits had the Nashville Predators winning the Central. Inconsistent play has derailed them this season with 2 bad months and 1 good. (Sportsnet)

Dallas as well as 2 other Central Division teams are predicted to have better 2nd halves of their seasons. (Bleacher Report)

A new year means resolutions, The Hockey News has a look at all 30 teams resolutions. Dallas is to get healthy. (THN)

Is this year’s 1st overall pick Auston Matthews better than last years No. 1 Connor McDavid. The breakdown is right here. (Editor in Leaf)

Montreal Canadiens v Florida Panthers Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Montreal gave backup goalie Al Montoya a 2 year extension so they will have a goalie to expose for the expansion draft. (NBC Sports)

An interesting interview with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. He discusses the pros and cons of the job, future Canadian expansion and whether he can skate or not. (Sportsnet Magazine)

If everybody who comes up to me afterwards and says, 'I didn't boo you' didn't boo me, I'm not sure anybody would be booing me.

Finally it has been 25 years since the Doug Gilmour trade. A 10 player deal moving Gilmour from Calgary to Toronto, some interesting takes: