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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Road Trip Starts with a Whimper

The Stars lost their first on the road to the Penguins. Plus, Oleksiak has been doing well in Pittsburgh while Johns is elevating his game in Dallas.

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NHL: Dallas Stars at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Well, that was not a great way to start off a six-game road trip. Granted, it could be a lot worse than losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins (different conference on top of being the two-time defending champs), but the Dallas Stars have to win as much as possible if they want to succeed a tight Western Conference playoff race:

Thankfully, the Stars get a break with a struggling Montreal Canadiens team next, but the game will be far from an easy win.

Here’s Ken Hitchcock’s postgame interview:

Here’s what Kari Lehtonen had to say:

And, in a pleasant surprise, we also got to hear from veteran Jason Spezza:

Stars Stories

At least a former Star did well last night?

Ken Hitchcock is not happy with how the team has been playing lately, calling it a “recipe for losing hockey.” [SportsDay DFW]

In happier news, Stars defenseman Stephen Johns has made great strides in his second full NHL season. [The Athletic]

Around the League

Sorry in advance for the low amount of links. Sunday was apparently a universal day off for hockey writers.

It was a quiet night in the league yesterday, with only four games on the schedule in total. That included the Chicago Blackhawks, who upset the Boston Bruins 3-1 - and yes, saying Chicago upset someone still feels weird to write. [Second City Hockey]

The Vegas Golden Knights will make the playoffs, but could they actually win the Stanley Cup in their first year?

Speaking of the playoffs, the Calgary Flames have gone from sure thing to borderline wild card at best. [FanRag Sports]

Arizona Coyotes owner Andrew Barroway recently assumed sole ownership of the team, but could he be on the hunt for new investors? [Arizona Sports]

Finally, the Carolina Hurricanes need a new GM, and we already have some front runners: