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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Western Conference Final Kicks Off Tonight

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The Ducks and the Preds play tonight. Plus, a few former Stars are still in the playoffs, and Alex Ovechkin won’t be going to the world championships.

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After a one-day hiatus, hockey’s back tonight with Game 1 of the Western Conference Final. The Predators and Ducks face off at 8 p.m. tonight. Who should you root for? Mike Heika reminds us of the remaining former Stars players still in the postseason, including Patrick Eaves, Vernon Fiddler, and James Neal.

Patrick Eaves, Anaheim: Currently out with a lower body injury, but he has 4 points in 7 playoff games while averaging 16:53 in ice time.

Vernon Fiddler, Nashville: Battling injuries, but has been a significant player when he's on the ice. Scores goal in one game, ejected in another. Seems ready to get back into regular fourth line role.

Here’s the latest update on Eaves’ injury from Anaheim GM Bob Murray.

There’s more on the Ducks/Preds showdown at the link, and you can see what to expect from Saturday’s Game 1 of Senators vs. Penguins on Saturday right here. [NHL]

Over at TSN, Scott Cullen says that the Golden Knights should pick Antoine Roussel in the expansion draft (if, of course, he’s available). [TSN]

Sean Shapiro’s latest podcast is now available for your Friday listening pleasure.

See who’s leading the Conn Smythe Power Rankings so far. [Sportsnet]

Alex Ovechkin will miss the world championships due to a knee injury. [Washington Post]

And in other world championships injury news, Tyson Barrie will miss the rest of the tournament...

The Hockey News’ Ryan Kennedy takes a look at Alex DeBrincat’s success with the Erie Otters. [The Hockey News]

Jason Botterill is the new general manager for the Sabres. [Buffalo News]

What’s next for the Capitals? [Sportsnet]

And finally, the Stars have a quick summary for you.