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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Get Boat Raced by the Predators 7-3

Stars use both Niemi and Lehtonen in lopsided loss to the Preds. Jim Nill makes a guest appearance on the Ticket Postgame Show. Stars Alumni help some kids. Stars Draft Lottery chances.

NHL: Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Fourteen times this season the Stars have pulled their goalie. I don’t know why but that stat makes me think of Principal Ed Rooney’s voice when trying to explain to Ferris Bueller’s mother about his absences. (I know it was only 9 in the movie but you get the point.)

Dallas got off to slow start in this one allowing a goal to the Predators a little over a minute in. After another soft goal Coach Ruff pulled starter Antti Niemi. Kari Lehtonen’s night wasn’t much better as he gave up 5 goals and gets the loss 7-3.

"I think we gave them the game. It's just embarrassing," said Stars defenseman John Klingberg. "From the first shift we were not in the game at all. The whole first period was just embarrassing."

"We just didn't come out ready to play. We played pond hockey right from the start, and that's what happens," said Stars center Cody Eakin. "We didn't show up collectively and left each other out to dry. We didn't work for each other, and that's what happens."

The injury bug hit the Stars again as Brett Ritchie missed the game with a lower body injury and Justin Dowling took a stick to the side of his head. Jamie Oleksiak and Adam Cracknell also needed some repairs during the game.

"Took a stick to the head. It doesn't look like he'll be able to play," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said of Dowling. "It doesn't look like Ritchie will be ready for the next game, so we're down a couple more forwards. We'll have to bring up a couple more."

More here. (Stars Inside Edge)

More Post game quotes. (Ruffled Lines)

GM Jim Nill made an appearance on the Ticket’s Postgame Show.

Currently the Stars are tied with Florida for the 6 worst record in the league with 77 points and they both have 1 more point than Detroit and 1 less point than Buffalo . This weekend’s games will determine where the Stars will positioned for the Draft Lottery for the 14 teams plus Vegas that did not make the playoffs.

Dallas has only one game left while both the Red Wings, Panthers and Sabers have 2 game remaining. So the odds for the Stars could be between 5.4 to 7.6 percent of gettting the 1st overall pick. The Lottery will be held on April 29th in Toronto.

Vegas will have the same chance as the team that finishes with the 3rd worst record. Currently New Jersey and Arizona are tied for the 3rd spot. For more of an explanation on how the draft lottery works read here. (SinBin Vegas)

The Dallas Stars Alumni helped out some Special Olympians and students yesterday.

The Ottawa Senators clinched a playoff spot last night. Leaving one spot remaining in the Eastern conference.

Bruins forward Brad Marchand was suspended for the last 2 games of the regular season for his stickwork to Lightning defenseman Jake Dotchin’s nether region. You may recall a few weeks back Sidney Crosby had a similar incident with Ryan O’Reilly that went unpunished. The NHL Department of Player Safety came out with a video that offered a lame explanation to how Crosby escaped punishment. (Yahoo Sports)

Marchand has some offensive talent that is offset by his dirty play sometimes. So The Hockey News came up with their all time Dirty/Talented team. (Lindy Ruff has a cameo for his incident with goalie Billy Smith). (THN)

In keeping with the Dirty player theme, Brett Ritchie’s brother Nick got a 5 minute major and match penalty for his sucker punch on Hawks defenseman Michal Rozsival.

Can the NHL/Olympics stalemate be resolved? (TSN)

Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin is another player that has stated his desire to participate in the 2018 Olympics. (NBC Sports)

Coyotes Captain Shane Doan has accepted he may never win a Stanley Cup but likes that his career has been with 1 team. Now he frustrated with injuries. (AP News)

Nolan Patrick was the odds on favorite to be the #1 pick in the 2017 draft but his stock has fallen and Nico Hischier is now the favorite. (NHL)

In the Frozen Four for the 1st time a #1 seed will square off against a #2 seed in the finals. #1 Denver put away Stephen John’s alma mater Notre Dame 6-1 and Star Prospect Riley Tufte’s Minnesota-Duluth team squeaked by Harvard 2-1 with less than 30 seconds to going to a 2nd overtime. The game will be at 7 pm Saturday on ESPN. (NBC Sports)

It will be another USA vs Canada final in the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship. after USA downed Germany 11-0 in the semifinals. (USA Hockey)

Impressive record by the women over the last 4 years.

Finally 37 years ago yesterday “Mr Hockey” Gordie Howe scored his final NHL Goal.