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Dallas Stars Daily Links: With Three Games Left, The Stars Are Technically Not Eliminated

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Will the waiting be the hardest part? Plus, an inadvertent assist from the Nashville Predators, an ELC for Mavrik Bourque, and more.

NHL: Dallas Stars at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Last night the Dallas Stars lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning, again. They racked up their fifth consecutive loss, again. The fact that they’re still in the Stanley Cup playoffs race, in a broad technical sense, is perhaps the only surprise left in the 2021 season.

Lest that factoid fool you, The Dallas Morning News’ Matthew DeFranks examined the razor-thin path remaining to the Victory Green Gang in his postgame article:

With a loss in regulation in any of the final three games, at Tampa Bay on Friday and at Chicago on Sunday and Monday, the Stars will be eliminated. With a Nashville win in either of its final two games, the Stars will be eliminated....

In order to make the playoffs, the Stars would have to go 3-0-0 if Nashville goes 0-1-1. The Stars could afford to go 2-0-1 if Nashville loses twice in regulation to Carolina. The Predators own the tiebreaker between the teams.

Is it any help that this particular 6-2 loss came with a lineup that’s...almost healthy?

The lineup the Stars used Wednesday night was the closest they are going to get to a full roster, with the addition of Dickinson and the inclusions of Denis Gurianov and Hintz. The team is still managing injuries, so calling this the healthiest lineup of the season would be a misnomer, but the Stars were only missing three players due to injuries: Alexander Radulov (core surgery), Ben Bishop (knee surgery) and Stephen Johns (head).

Gurianov was doubtful to even play Wednesday night, as Bowness said after morning skate that the Russian winger “probably won’t play” due to an upper-body injury that forced him to miss Saturday’s overtime loss in Nashville.

Matt has more. [SportsDayDFW]


Stars Stuff

Here’s your regularly scheduled “I like the way we played” statement.

That being said, it’s still good to know that players like Joe Pavelski are not planning to start the offseason early.

Around The Leagues

#Disco Heat

The New York Rangers are back in the news this morning – this time for a shakeup in the front office.

So, $5,000? That’s the going rate, right?

Is it time for a Washington Capitals story that isn’t disgusting? T.J. Oshie’s bittersweet hat trick is a pretty good palate cleanser.

It’s past time for another cool story from the U18 Worlds. The Briganti twins will receive you now.

The Los Angeles Kings have been on mute for so long that it’s nice to be reminded Anze Kopitar is still there and doing things like this.

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park

It’s official: Hot prospect Mavrik Bourque is on his way to Austin Metro.

Finally

The hockey community really does take care of its own – even if it takes six years. Enjoy.