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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Officially Eliminated from Playoff Contention

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The Stars aren’t making the playoffs, but they do play the Canadiens tonight. Plus, Kari Lehtonen was named the NHL’s second Star of the Week, and the future of hockey in China.

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Well, it won’t come as a surprise, but the Stars are officially out of the playoff race.

And although their slim postseason hopes are gone, the season isn’t quite over yet. The Stars play the Canadiens tonight in Montreal, and the talk of the town is the showdown between Jamie and Jordie Benn.

Jordie Benn was quick with the self-deprecating humor Monday when asked about facing his brother Jamie for the first time when the Stars play the Montreal Canadiens.

"Probably, when he steps on the ice, I'll get yelled at to get off," Jordie joked. "So I'll be on the bench watching him play."

You can see what else Jordie had to say.

Jordie also answered a few other questions about his younger brother.

The puck drops at 6:30 p.m., and Mike Heika has more on Jamie and Jordie at the link. [SportsDayDFW]

What’s next for the Stars? Puck Daddy’s Ryan Lambert says, unfortunately for Dallas, there aren’t too many appealing UFA options. [Puck Daddy]

Then there’s the goalies. Even if you buy out one of your two current problems in net, what do you spend the rest of the money on? Not Ben Bishop, right? A Steve Mason reclamation project? Maybe Brian Elliott or Chad Johnson? There just aren’t a lot of good options here either.

Congratulations are in order to Kari Lehtonen, who was named the NHL’s second Star of the Week.

Patrick Eaves is impressing in Anaheim. [OC Register]

On the NHL and the future of hockey in China. [Sportsnet]

Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack was taken off the ice on a stretcher after a collision during the Red Wings’ game-winning goal in OT.

From Blackhawks forward Richard Panik to the BruinsDavid Pastrnak, the five players who have had the best breakout seasons this year. [The Hockey News]

After having to reschedule a home game due to ice issues, the Hurricanes are having a little fun with this promotion.

Senators goaltender Craig Anderson, whose wife Nicholle is battling cancer, has been an inspiration to the Senators this year. [Sportsnet]

It’s been nearly 18 months since he’s played in a game, but Clarke MacArthur is still holding out hope that might change this season. [TSN]

Step-brothers Capitals forwards Justin Williams and Andre Burakovsky didn’t disappoint during Washington’s team photo.

T.J. Oshie, Patrick Eaves, and the other top UFAs in 2017. [Sportsnet]

Looking back at the Seattle Metropolitans and the role they played in shaping the NHL. [New York Times]

And finally, Plano native Blake Coleman gave a shoutout to Razor after scoring his first NHL goal against the Stars on Sunday.