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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Trying to Find Answers

Currently on a three game losing streak, the Dallas Stars find themselves with more questions than they have answers. Plus practice notes, central division updates, and get ready for the Erik Karlsson trade rumors.

NHL: Vegas Golden Knights at Dallas Stars
Sums up the past three games pretty well, I’d say.
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The Dallas Stars were riding the yellow laces on a winning streak, beating the Colorado Avalanche 7-2 for their fifth straight win. But before they knew it, they had suddenly dropped three in a row, and now the locker room has been forced to look inwards for the cause of their recent troubles.

"It starts with me," (Captain Jamie) Benn said.

...

"It's humbling looking in the mirror," (Tyler) Seguin said. "If I look at myself the last few games going against the big dogs, I wasn't big enough. So I've got to be a lot better."

The Stars look to turn their luck around tonight against the New York Rangers, who currently sit 1 point out of a playoff spot (though with two games in hand). Maybe you think the game isn’t as important since it’s against an Eastern conference team, but in the words of Jason Spezza:

"You have to stop your losing streaks as quickly as you can in this league. This league doesn't forgive teams that aren't playing well. You have to find your game and regroup as quick as possible."

You can read more over at Mike’s place here.


Stars Stories

I don’t blame you if you don’t want to think about the Vegas game, but here you go anyways:

In much better news from that night, Jason Dickinson scored twice to propel the Texas Stars over the Ontario Reign [100 Degree Hockey].

Dickinson was recalled the next day from Cedar Park, and he and Julius Honka should both be in the lineup tonight:

Here are some more notes from practice courtesy of Mark Stepneski: [NHL]

Kari Lehtonen will tie Mikka Kiprusoff for the most NHL games played by a Finnish goalie tonight. Lehtonen opens up about the milestone and his lengthy NHL career. [The Upset]

Speaking of Kari, this was rather heartwarming:


Central Census

Three out of the four games last night involved Central teams, with mixed results for the Stars:

The Blackhawks have stopped skidding since their victory over Buffalo last Friday. Now they consistency:

Meanwhile the Predators have been simply oustanding since acquiring Kyle Turris, who has easily been the best player involved in that trade. [FanRag Sports]

The Blues may be the Stars’ rivals, but I never genuinely wish injuries upon other players. Get well soon, Jaden Schwartz:


League Links

Speaking of injuries...

Need some fantasy advice? As (almost) always, we got you covered. [Sportsnet]

While many fans will complain that Seattle will get a shot at an NHL team and not Quebec City, it’s important to realize that market size doesn’t always mirror success:

No Stars make the list (un)fortunately, but here’s PuckDaddy’s best and worst highlights of the past week: [Yahoo Sports]

Let’s get the trade rumor mill fired up again: the Ottawa Senators have asked for the no-trade lists from all of their applicable players. And yes, that includes Erik Karlsson. [Sportsnet]


Finally...

Here’s another heart warmer to brighten your day a little bit (though you might want to save it till after the game tonight, just in case):