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Dallas Stars Daily Links: A Win In Calgary, The Loss Of Bishop, And The Final Push

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Sean Shapiro finds the big takeaways as the Stars fight to close the deal. Plus, Seguin mic’ed up, a big game back East, and more.

NHL: Dallas Stars at Calgary Flames Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Stars won an ugly game against the Calgary Flames last night, made even uglier as they lost Ben Bishop to another injury.

Sean Shapiro points out this statistic for those who worry about a first-round sweep by a Western Conference powerhouse:

With back-to-back wins against the Flames and Winnipeg Jets, the Stars finished the season 6-1-0 against the two divisional leaders in the Western Conference.

While they wouldn’t be favored, it certainly is a good sign for the Stars when they in all likelihood meet the Jets or Flames in the first round.

Jason Spezza drew back in due to Brett Ritchie’s sore hand, and the results indicate he should play more:

Spezza ended up playing the role you would have expected for a fourth-liner who had recently been scratched. He had only 17 shifts for 8:36 of ice time and was called for interference in the second period.

But in his limited time he had three shots on goal and four total attempts. He also won 64 percent of his faceoffs. With back-to-back games and a trip to Edmonton, it might behoove the Stars’ coaching staff to trust him a bit more against the Oilers.

There’s more behind the paywall. [The Athletic DFW]

Also, I’ll just leave this here.


Stars Stuff

Meeting Mats Zuccarello and Tyler Seguin mic’ed up are just two highlights of the latest Open Ice video.

Look out, Los Tiburones – the Stars are moving their outreach efforts, including the Learn to Play program. to Mexico City and beyond.

And Mike has more on Anton Khudobin’s stellar performance this year. [Dallas Stars]

Around The League(s)

#Death Notes

What’s happening to the Sean Monahan - Johnny Gaudreau - Elias Lindholm juggernaut? Eric Francis examines a dominating line that has hit a very rough patch.

Meanwhile, out East, tonight’s Montreal Canadiens - Columbus Blue Jackets game should be a barn-burner. Alexis Belanger-Champagne gives a preview.

First there was Steven Stamkos, now the Tampa Bay Lightning have gotten a huge hometown discount from head coach Jon Cooper. Ken Campbell examines the deal.

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park

The Texas Stars got one back against the Manitoba Moose in a 3-2 victory that keeps their Calder Cup playoff hopes alive.

Blueliner Dillon Heatherington earned his first career GWG in the shootout.

Finally

This atom player is the hero we need, not the hero we deserve. Enjoy.