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Posted On Tuesday, 11.24.2015 / 2:32 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Senators at Stars

DALLAS – Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson seeks his third straight shutout as Ottawa faces the Dallas Stars on Tuesday at American Airlines Center (8:30 p.m. ET; RDS, TSN5, FS-SW+).

Ottawa (10-5-5) defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0 on Saturday at Canadian Tire Centre. On Thursday, the Senators defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0. Anderson stopped 51 shots in the two shutouts. He is starting his fifth consecutive game.

Posted On Saturday, 11.21.2015 / 2:41 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Sabres at Stars

DALLAS -- The Buffalo Sabres have the League's second-worst penalty kill (72.9 percent) but hope to keep the power play of the Dallas Stars, who have the League's second-best unit (28.3 percent) in check on Saturday at American Airlines Center (8 p.m. ET; MSG-B, BELL TV, FS-SW).

"We've been much better in a lot of areas of the penalty kill. What we haven't been as good at is allowing zone time and allowing time for a power play. When you can prevent that, that's when we've been at our best," Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. "Give a power play extended zone time, like the one we're going to be facing tonight, they're going to take their opportunities."

Posted On Saturday, 11.14.2015 / 2:45 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Wild at Stars

DALLAS -- Minnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella, who missed the previous two games because of personal reasons, will return to the lineup Saturday against the Dallas Stars (8 p.m. ET; FS-SW+, FS-N).

Scandella will be partnered with Nate Prosser, and Christian Folin will be the seventh defenseman as the Wild will use 11 forwards. Forward Brett Bulmer, recalled from Iowa of the American Hockey League on Friday, will be a healthy scratch.

"It's not ideal," Wild coach Mike Yeo said of Scandella returning without practicing. He last played Nov. 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. "It's not the perfect situation but he's too valuable a player for us to sit around and not have him play. I'm not worried about his conditioning. Might take a little bit of time to get there but defending-wise he's too important to us to not be playing against this team."

Scandella has five points and a plus-3 rating in 13 games and averages 20:01 of ice time per game. He leads the Wild with 1:45 per game shorthanded.

Posted On Thursday, 11.12.2015 / 2:31 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At The Rink: Jets at Stars

DALLAS -- The Winnipeg Jets and Dallas Stars each head into their game Thursday at American Airlines Center (8:30 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-SW) seeking a bounce-back performance.

The Jets have lost two straight, including a 5-3 defeat against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday, but coach Paul Maurice is sticking with goaltender Ondrej Pavelec. He was first off the ice at the morning skate and will start his third consecutive game.

"I like both goaltenders [Pavelec and Michael Hutchinson]," Maurice said. "I don't know that the final score has been any indication of how well the goalies have played. I'm comfortable with both. We thought our schedule allowed for [Pavelec] to get into some games here and get on a bit of a run."

Posted On Tuesday, 11.10.2015 / 2:34 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Maple Leafs at Stars

DALLAS -- Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer will make a fifth straight start Tuesday in a game against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center (8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW+, SNO).

Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock turns to Reimer looking to end Toronto's three-game losing streak.

"Well, I think he's playing more confident," Babcock said. "The other night in Washington, he didn't let any of those squeakers in. [Reimer] has played well for us. He's battled and I think as he's battled, he's looking more comfortable. The puck's sticking to him better. It's not coming off him all the time and that's a comfort thing, so good for him."

Posted On Saturday, 10.31.2015 / 2:20 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Sharks at Stars

DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars look for their ninth win in 11 games when they host the San Jose Sharks at American Airlines Center on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; FS-SW, CSN-CA).

Dallas (8-2-0), which has equaled its best mark in franchise history through 10 games, practiced on Friday. Coach Lindy Ruff kept his lines intact from a 4-3 overtime win against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.

Ruff would like to see the Stars, 2-1-0 on their current home stand, not concede the first goal against the Sharks, something they have done in each of the past three games.

Posted On Thursday, 10.29.2015 / 2:50 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Canucks at Stars

DALLAS -- Center Brendan Gaunce will make his NHL debut Thursday for the Vancouver Canucks when they face the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center (8:30 p.m. ET; SNV, FS-SW).

The 26th pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, Gaunce had one goal and one assist in five games with Utica of the American Hockey League when he was recalled. He is the younger brother of defenseman Cameron Gaunce, who played nine games for Dallas during the 2013-14 season.

"Yeah, it's something I've wanted to do my whole life, is play in the NHL. It was definitely a very rewarding feeling for all the last 15 years of playing hockey," said Gaunce, who will play left wing on the fourth line alongside rookie center Jared McCann and right wing Derek Dorsett.

Posted On Tuesday, 10.27.2015 / 6:49 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Ducks at Stars

DALLAS -- Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf will not be in the lineup against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday after flying back to California to have a non-emergency appendectomy.

The Ducks said the surgery will take place Wednesday. Getzlaf has had discomfort intermittently over the past six weeks and is expected to be sidelined 4-12 days.

Getzlaf, 30, has not scored, has one assist and is minus-5 in eight games this season. The Ducks have won one of those games and have been shut out five times.

Posted On Saturday, 10.24.2015 / 2:51 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Panthers at Stars

DALLAS -- The Florida Panthers and Dallas Stars have different goals heading into their game at American Airlines Center on Saturday (8 p.m., ET; FS-SW, FS-F).

Florida (3-3-1), is 0-1-1 on their current three-game road trip, and will need to stay out of the penalty box in order to leave Dallas with a win. The Panthers were shorthanded eight times in a 3-2 loss at the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.

"Definitely got to play more disciplined and hold ourselves accountable, play harder a little bit and I think it should be a better turnout if we do that," Panthers center Nick Bjugstad said.

Dallas (6-1-0), which has won five straight, looks to carry the momentum from a 4-0-0 road trip through the Eastern Conference back to home ice, where the Stars are 2-0-0.

Posted On Tuesday, 10.13.2015 / 2:28 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Oilers at Stars

DALLAS -- Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall contracted an illness late Monday night, putting his status in doubt for the Oilers' game Tuesday against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.

"He's ill, not feeling well and he's questionable for the evening," Oilers coach Todd McLellan said.

McLellan said he and his staff will monitor Hall throughout the rest of the day before determining if he skates in pregame warmups.

Should Hall be unavailable, McLellan will do some line shuffling. Left wing Benoit Pouliot will move from the second to the first line alongside center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and right wing Teddy Purcell.

"[Hall] is obviously a big part of our team and has been for a long time now," Nugent-Hopkins said. "He produces a ton of offense for us too. We got a group in here now that guys can pick up the slack for him."

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