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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Continue to Struggle Against the Central

If the Dallas Stars want to compete for a playoff spot, they have to play better against their rivals. Plus the Carolina Hurricanes have been sold, Seattle is approved to start the expansion process, and more.

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NHL: Dallas Stars at St. Louis Blues Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

It looked for awhile like everything was going the Dallas Stars’ way: they were 5-0 with the yellow laces, they were fixing their road woes, and secondary scoring was finally a thing.

Then came consecutive losses to the Predators and the Blues, both division rivals. Which isn’t all that surprising, considering the Stars currently stand at 4-8 in the Central. But it gets worse than that:

If the Stars want to be competing for a playoff spot come April, then they have to start winning against good teams. And unfortunately for Dallas, the Central is full of those.

In case you missed the game, here are the two non-empty netters:

Here’s Ken Hitchcock post-game thoughts on the shutout loss:

More Stars News

If Hitchcock thinks Radek Faksa’s line is the only one producing, should he risk breaking it up? Sean Shapiro thinks that the team should try icing the young Czech between Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov. [The Upset]

Martin Hanzal and Marc Methot are skating again, but don’t expect to see them playing in the near future. [SportsDay DFW]

Before the game, Scott Burnside chatted up one of the Blues’ hottest players right now: off-season acquisition Brayden Schenn.

All of that hard work and patience has finally paid off for Greg Pateryn, who has gone from borderline roster player to a big minute-eater. [The Upset]

Around the League

Knowing that I had to find Links for today, the NHL decided to announce a whole bunch of stuff yesterday. First up: Seattle has been given the green light to begin the expansion bid process. [NHL]

Second, the Carolina Hurricanes officially have a new majority owner (pending approval, of course):

The Canes will be staying in Raleigh, too. Here’s our SB Nation sibling with a more detailed look at the saga. [Canes Country]

Of course not all news from yesterday was good:

There were only two other Central teams to play last night, and thankfully for the Stars, both lost:

And since you haven’t seen enough about Brayden Schenn in this Links post already, Ryan Lambert talks about whether the center is the real deal or not in his mailbag:

Tired of Power Rankings that focus on nothing but #grit? Take a peak at Scott Cullen’s analytic based rankings. [TSN]

Matthew Tkachuk was suspended one game for spearing an opposing player from the bench. Is he becoming the new Claude Lemieux? [The Hockey News]

Here’s a fun read: Dave Lozo explores how some impending Free Agents could form a Super Team in the NHL. He actually lists the Stars as one of the three teams that could make it happen (the other two are also in the Central, coincidentally).

Quite a few GM’s escaped a firing this past offseason; have any of their seats cooled down since then? [FanRag Sports]

Is Nick Leddy an elite player like Connor McDavid? I think Islanders head coach Doug Weight is being a bit biased here, but I agree that Leddy should be on the Norris radar. [USA Today]


Everyone’s eyes yesterday were on the Seattle and/or Carolina news, but there was some equally important news earlier in the day, courtesy of Ben Lovejoy: