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Should Johns be the 3rd Dman the team protects? Stars introduce their Vintage game of the week, playoff action, and Beagle challenges Kessel to a game of Mario Kart.

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In preparing for the upcoming expansion draft the Dallas Stars will be able to protect just 3 defensmen. The top 2 has to be John Klingberg and his defense partner Esa Lindell who were the number 1 pair throughout last season. That leaves the final spot between 4 players: Stephen Johns, Jamie Oleksiak, Dan Hamhuis and Patrik Nemeth,

Hamhuis age will probably be a deterrent for Vegas selecting him and Nemeth failed to crack the lineup on a consistent basis. So the battle is between Johns and Oleksiak. Johns would seem to be the choice based on stats and ice time, but down the stretch he seemed to have problems reading the game and was frequently in Coach Ruff’s doghouse.

Will new head coach Ken Hitchcock’s defense system help Johns play better next season. (Sportsday DFW)

The Dallas Stars page will have their 1st Vintage Game of the Week today.

Since none of this years Stars were nominated for any of the postseason awards Blackout Dallas had their own version of the awards among the 2016-17 Stars. (Blackout Dallas)

The AHL/Texas Stars:

The Division Finals begin this week with this week. Two of the favorites are already on the golf course with Regular Season points leader Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh) and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Philadelphia) who were tied for 2nd in points.

A breakdown of the remaining series in this week’s AHL Notebook. (NHL)

Fans in Cedar Park will get a chance to buy some game used equipment and other items this weekend.

ECHL:

The Orlando Magic(NBA) purchase of the Orlando Solar Bears was approved by the league yesterday. (ECHL)

The Allen Americans (San Jose) run of 2 straight Kelly Cups looks to be in jeopardy after last night’s loss left to the Colorado Eagles 4-2 left them down 3-0 in the series.


Last night’s playoff action had 2 games on the docket.

The Penguins without Sidney Crosby were still able to eke out a 3-2 win over Washington. Pens forward Nick Bonino sold a phantom high-sticking call by T.J. Oshie in the final minutes that prevented the Caps from using an extra forward with goalie Braden Holtby pulled. Pittsburgh has a commanding 3-1 lead in games. (Pensburgh)

There was no revenge by the Penguins on Matt Niskanen last night. Niskanen’s crosscheck might have contributed to Crosby’s concussion, But Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury got his own revenge covering up Niskanen’s name on his mask.

Pittsburgh rookie Jake Guentzel had a goal last night which puts him in some elite company.

A Canadian doctor thinks Crosby should seriously consider stepping away from hockey after suffering his 4th concussion. (Sportsnet)

The Edmonton Oilers blew a 2 goal lead and a late goal by Drake Caggiula sent the game to overtime but the Ducks scored quickly for the 4-3 win. The series is now tied at 2 games a piece and heads back to Anaheim. Patrick Eaves missed the game with a lower body injury. (Anaheim Calling)

Former Stars player Ryan Garbutt, who was unable to break into the Ducks lineup full time will skate with Sochi of the KHL next season. (FanRag Sports)

Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon has a just a few decisions to make during the offseason hiring a new coach and deciding on a new contract for the ageless one Jaromir Jagr. (Yahoo Sports)

If Jagr is re-signed a look at some milestones he could hit next season.

Jason Botterill seems to be the frontrunner for the Buffalo Sabres GM job. (The Buffalo News)

Down Goes Brown examines 5 games during the regular season that could have altered the NHL Draft Lottery results. (The Hockey News)

Mark Stepneski is the Stars Insider reporter and Vegas hired veteran TSN Analyst Gary Lawson to be theirs. (Vegas Golden Knights)

Finally after Phil Kessel called Jay Beagle and idiot for thinking the hit on Crosby was a clean one. Beagle challenged Kessel to a game of Mario Kart to settle the dispute.

The winner then could take on Bryan Bickell.