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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Ben Bishop Will Dress, Could Start Against The Panthers

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His precautionary break could benefit the Stars in the playoff race, writes Matthew DeFranks. Also, the Bolts win the President’s Trophy, the Steelheads are in the postseason, and more.

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The Dallas Stars need a healthy Ben Bishop, and they could get him back as early as tonight. He’ll dress for the Florida Panthers game, starting at 7:30 p.m. Central time – although the team won’t decide whether he or Anton Khudobin will start until this evening, writes The Dallas Morning News’ Matthew DeFranks.

Bishop gave up a chance at a franchise-record four shutouts in a row when he took himself out of last Thursday’s game against the Minnesota Wild. The preventive measure could benefit the team as the playoffs race hurtles to its conclusion:

“You’ve got to think more big picture than that particular instance,” Bishop said. “It’s something that was lingering there. You don’t want to end up making it way worse and missing two, three weeks. You’d rather get out of there, take care of it and make it short-term instead of obviously taking the risk of the bigger picture, which is more important.”

That may not sound very reassuring to fans who are mentally reliving the March collapse that narrowly took the Stars out of last year’s Stanley Cup playoffs. Head coach Jim Montgomery says it shouldn’t:

“To me, we’re such a mentally tougher team,” Montgomery said. “You look at our road record, you look at our consistency in effort and execution here, especially since the All-Star break, has been a very consistent hockey team that’s hard to play against.

”To me, I think our team has gained confidence, we’re a resilient bunch. I think if you look at the two last games are perfect examples of we probably would have gone away in the last two games. But we don’t go away anymore. ... To me, we don’t even think about last year, we think about where our team is. Our mental state is in a real good spot.”

There’s much more under the paywall. [SportsDayDFW]


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Around The League(s)

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Finally

Last night’s sports news was all about future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki. As Dirkules passed Wilt Chamberlain – Wilt Chamberlain! – to become the NBA’s sixth all-time scorer, the Stars took a moment to celebrate, too. Enjoy.