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If only they could win in overtime, muses Matthew DeFranks. Plus, who’s in on Oleksiak, breaking down the Foligno trade, and more.

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

It’s official: The Dallas Stars’ Kryptonite is overtime against the Nashville Predators.

As soon as the latest contest of Aliens vs. Predators went to OT, Stars fans everywhere experienced the sinking feeling of another imminent loss. The Dallas Morning News’ Matthew DeFranks summed it up in cold numbers:

If the Stars miss the playoffs, the 11 overtime losses will be staring back at Dallas. They’ve failed to execute in 3 on 3 overtime, and they haven’t been able to produce big goals or big saves in the shootout. If Sunday’s loss truly does decide the Stars season, it’s fitting that it came in overtime or a shootout.

The Stars are 2-11 in games past regulation. The Predators are 8-1. That’s the entire difference between the two teams, and then some.

And while it’s tempting to fall back on the “three games in hand” folderol, there are more ineluctable facts where that came from:

Sunday night’s game was the biggest one of the season for both Dallas and Nashville. According to MoneyPuck, it was the game that most impacted playoff odds across the league this season.

A regulation win would have moved the Stars three points back of the Predators with three games in hand, soundly placing their postseason destiny in their own hands. A regulation loss would have pushed the Predators seven points clear of the Stars, a sizable gulf with 16 games remaining and only one left between the two teams.

The Stars have been playing for their playoff lives for the last two months, but no games reached the magnitude of Sunday’s.

Matt has more. [SportsDayDFW]


Stars Stuff

Captain America is at least as fed up as you are.

Meanwhile, the Big Rig had a game to remember. Will that bring trade pressure from teams who are already gaming out their playoffs run?

It could happen.

Around The Leagues

Other than Stars-Preds, the #Disco was closed last night. So let’s get straight to the other headlines....

The Columbus Blue Jackets traded Nick Foligno and David Savard, and here’s why the transaction had to be laundered through the San Jose Sharks.

And while Foligno landed with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Savard is suiting up with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Who Won The Trade: Leafs Edition

Who Won The Trade: Jackets Edition

Henrik Lundqvist won’t return this season, and the Washington Capitals may be in the market for a third goalie with playoffs experience.

Elsewhere, the Vegas Golden Knights’ Sunday win over the Arizona Coyotes meant a huge milestone for Marc-Andre Fleury.

The Florida Panthers picked up Nikita Gusev on waivers. “But can his playmaking ability overcome his lack of defense?” I hear you ask....

Former Star and Calder Cup hero Patrik Nemeth has rejoined the Colorado Avalanche, who also nabbed netminder Devan Dubnyk from the waiver wire.

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park

Speaking of Texas hockey and hard-to-solve teams...I give you the Texas Stars and the Colorado Eagles.

Finally

Yeah, it’s like that. Enjoy, or something.