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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Look For A Fast Comeback On Saturday Vs. The Predators

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Think of it as another playoff series. Plus, Mika Zibanejad’s night to remember, thoughts on the salary cap, and more.

NHL: Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time since the All-Star break, the Dallas Stars have ended up on the wrong end of a shutout. A cornered Nashville Predators squad converted on two power-play opportunities to take a 2-0 victory last night in Bridgestone Arena.

It was the fourth straight loss for the Stars, who perhaps will benefit from measuring themselves against other playoffs-bound teams this week. They’ll have a chance to get back to winning tomorrow, as well as get revenge for the loss. Nashville comes to Dallas, and there’s yet another postseason preview on the line, as Jeff Odom writes:

“It’s like a little playoff,” Stars center Radek Faksa said of playing two straight games against Nashville. “Playing back-to-back with the same teams, so it’s like a miniseries … and it can be huge for us going on to the playoffs.”

At this moment, it can also be huge toward getting Dallas back on track with just 15 games remaining as they look to halt what is now a four-game winless skid (0-2-2).

Of course, aside from their playoffs desperation and the predictable Corey Perry hazing, the Preds took that home victory during a week when their community really needed one:

For the first time since deadly tornadoes swept through Middle Tennessee earlier this week, killing at least 24 people, the Predators played a home game with heavy hearts.

Before puck drop, the team held a moment of silence to honor the victims. Predators players wore helmet stickers, and coaches and TV broadcasters donned white T-shirts emblazoned with the phrase “Nashville Strong” in blue and gold text.

Jeff has more. [Dallas Stars]


Stars Stuff

Tomorrow will be a great time to take part in the in-arena entertainment.

Rick Bowness has a few choice words for his team in the meantime.

Playing to win or trying not to lose? Dimitri Filipovic goes to bat for Denis Gurianov and Roope Hintz. [ESPN]

Around The League(s)

In On The #Kill Taker

The Wild have made quite a comeback – but is it a false spring?

Holy cats, did Mika Zibanejad have a night. [Blueshirt Banter]

Former Star Colton Sceviour shares some memories on the eve of Roberto Luongo’s rise to immortality.

It’s never the wrong time to talk about the salary cap.

Finally

If you’ve ever been to a Stars home game, you’ll be thrilled to know that this superfan now has his own collector’s card. Enjoy.