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Josh Bogorad sees a big improvement at the midway mark. Plus, the World Juniors continue, and the Marty Turco bobblehead looks great.

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As the Dallas Stars begin the second half of their 2017-18 season with tonight’s game against the New Jersey Devils, they’re reaping the benefits of new coaches, new players, and a new system.

So says Stars studio host Josh Bogorad, who took a look at several key areas in his half-season progress report, posted yesterday:

As the season has moved along, the Stars have both lowered their goals against and improved their 5-on-5 play. Over the most recent segment, Dallas ranked fourth and eighth in the NHL. That cannot be overstated. The first three months of the season have been a literal transformation from the team the Stars were into the team they wanted to become.

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Numbers aside, simply watching the Stars, they look like a different team than they were early in the season. Just ask Nashville and St. Louis. Inside the locker room lately there has been talk of how the Stars have found their identity. They are playing the game they want to be playing. The shift from learning to perfecting has taken place. Nothing in the NHL is ever a finished product, and without question there are several areas where they still can, and must, improve. But an important phase for this year’s Stars team appears to be behind them.

Read the rest at the Stars’ official site. [On The Radar]


More Stars

By the time you read this, you may have already studied the DBD Stars - Devils preview. Here’s the official version from Mark Stepneski.

Marc Methot could return to the lineup as early as tonight. He’s ready to get back to work, yet also grateful that his enforced downtime coincided with the birth of his son.

How will Methot’s return affect the lineup? Mike Heika pondered this question and more during his weekly Q&A. [SportsDayDFW]

Mark has a status report on the five of six Stars prospects playing in the 2018 World Juniors semifinals.

And NHL Network analyst Dave Starman give Mike G. Morreale three keys the U.S. team will need to succeed against Sweden. Number one involves Stars prospect Riley Tufte. [NHL]

Take a look at the Stars’ latest Retro Bobblehead – releasing at 10 a.m. Saturday, just in time for Marty Turco Reunion Day.

Around the league(s)

It was a slow Wednesday, but the #MDK showed up in one of only two NHL games on the schedule: Patrick Sharp scored the GWG as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the New York Rangers 5-2. [Second City Hockey]

The Nashville Predators will have to do without Filip Forsberg for at least a month due to the upper-body injury he suffered against the Minnesota Wild.

Meanwhile, Edmonton Oilers LW Patrick Maroon earned a two-game suspension for a head shot on Los Angeles Kings blueliner Drew Doughty.

Are the Vegas Golden Knights really ready for their first playoff run? Maybe, if they decide to buy at the trade deadline, writes Jared Clinton. [The Hockey News]

Meanwhile, the Vancouver Canucks just need someone – anyone – to stop a few pucks before their season goes into complete meltdown. [Sportsnet]

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park

Badly timed penalties and the San Diego Gulls’ power play cost the Texas Stars the first loss of 2018, 4-3.

Here’s what head coach Derek Laxdal had to say after the home loss.

Finally

As the hockey world celebrates the life of Toronto Maple Leafs great Johnny Bower, here’s a reminder that his life was about more than the game. Enjoy.