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Matthew DeFranks makes the case for making a move. Plus, breaking down the Derick Brassard trade, the Mooterus has landed, and more.

NHL: Minnesota Wild at Dallas Stars
Let’s celebrate with the Ben(n)s!
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Playoffs, here they come...? After a soporific start, last night’s Dallas Stars - Minnesota Wild game got as serious as a late-midseason Central Division game ought to be. And ultimately, the Victory Green gang looked the part of a top-three team in the #MurderDeathKill Division as they beat their rivals 3-1.

What’s next for the Stars as we enter NHL trade deadline month? The Dallas Morning News’ Matthew DeFranks says it’s time to refocus – and buy for need:

The Stars, armed with a stout defense and strong goaltending, shut out the Wild at even strength on Friday night, and Ben Bishop’s only blemish was a power-play goal allowed in the second period. Dallas has allowed seven total goals in their last five games.

But it’s not the defense that is in question. It’s the scoring.

Dallas entered the night with the third-worst offense in the league and nearly notched their 30th game of the season with two or fewer goals before Tyler Seguin’s empty-net goal in the final minutes sealed the victory. Only one NHL team has more such games than the Stars.

The fact that the Stars – indeed, the entire Central – are already in playoff-hockey mode factors in. Will we see that intensity again today as they roll into Music City today to face the Nashville Predators?

”These are the kinds of games that get you ready for playoffs,” Seguin said. “That’s what we say about the Central, everyone talks about how it’s the hardest division in the league, if not sports, but when you come down to the last 30 games or so, you’re playing playoff games already.”

[Andrew] Cogliano said: “This is playoff hockey at this point. Is there a ton of experience in here? No, I think we have younger guys and I think have guys that have come up and played. At this point in the season, those are the games you’re going to get. When you start winning those games, you gain confidence and then you start really believing you’re a good team and you can do some good things.”

Matt has more. [SportsDayDFW]


Stars Stuff

Cogs opened the scoring with his first goal in Victory Green.

Have we mentioned that Segs scored twice during last night’s victory? Here’s his GWG. Sprinkles all around!

Mike Heika hails Seguin’s leadership in his latest column.

And ICYMI, young cardio patient Anderson McDuffie kicked off American Heart Month by meeting his hero, Rich Peverley – or was it the other way around?

Is Brent Severyn on to something here...?

Mooterus fans, you are loved. At least by the Stars’ official AAC merch store, and at least if you have $34 for one of these snapback bad boys.

Around The League(s)

In On The #Kill Taker

The Winnipeg Jets have not lost three games in a row all season. Declan Schroeder takes a look at how the team shakes off trouble.

In trade action, Derick Brassard is off the board. The Panthers and the Pittsburgh Penguins came to terms yesterday.

Will the Colorado Avalanche have to bury their internal cap to keep Art Ross contender Mikko Rantanen? Luke Fox takes a look.

Dallas is trending up – a little – in divisional point pacing. Will it be enough?

Sean McIndoe was a littler triggered by the Dallas Mavericks’ big trade for Kristaps Porzingis. The result is the latest installment of Down Goes Brown (with a guest appearance by a vintage Brett Hull).

Mental illness is an equal-opportunity scourge. Team Canada inline hockey star Kendra Fisher opens up about her lifelong struggle with anxiety and panic disorder for The Players’ Tribune. #BellLetsTalk

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park

Are NHL call-ups starting to take their toll on the Texas Stars? They gave up a two-goal lead to the Grand Rapids Griffins in last night’s 5-3 loss.

At least casual scoring machine Joel L’Esperance got another apple for his trouble.

Finally

Black History Month began yesterday. The New York Rangers celebrated by unveiling new equipment, a teaching curriculum, and a training program that will make street hockey available for 13,000 East Harlem students. Enjoy.