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Posted On Saturday, 03.23.2013 / 2:40 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Stars set to begin critical homestand

DALLAS -- Dallas Stars coach Glen Gulutzan is well aware of his club's 6-6-2 record at home, a mark which ranks as the worst in the Western Conference. However, as Dallas begins a season-long five-game homestand Saturday night against the Colorado Avalanche at American Airlines Center, he and his players are focused on the task at hand, winning game one and moving on to the next one.

"That's irrelevant to us," Gulutzan said when asked about the importance of the homestand. "It's tonight, this game. Confident we can win on the road, just got to win this game."

Dallas is almost completely healthy, missing only defenseman Aaron Rome (foot), who has missed the past 12 games, and forward Ryan Garbutt (hand), who will miss his fifth straight game Saturday.

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Posted On Monday, 03.18.2013 / 1:31 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Healthy Stars look to salvage finale of homestand

DALLAS -- After a highly disappointing 8-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in front of a sellout crowd at American Airlines Center on Saturday, the Dallas Stars return to the ice against the Calgary Flames on Monday.

The Stars are 0-2-0 against the Flames this season, having lost to them 7-4 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Feb. 13 and then falling 4-3 at home four days later. Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan has a formula for salvaging the final contest in a four-game homestand, a stretch in which the Stars are 0-2-1 and have been outscored 14-2.

"I think consistency [is the key]," Gulutzan said. "I think playing a 60-minute hockey game [is key]. I know that sounds redundant, but if it's 1-1, 0-0 after two, that's fine. We've just got to play 60 minutes."

The Stars enter this game almost completely healthy. Fourth-line wing Ryan Garbutt will miss a second straight game with a hand injury and veteran defenseman Stephane Robidas was absent from the morning skate, but for good reason.

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Posted On Monday, 03.18.2013 / 12:56 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Flames, Stars

DALLAS -- Here are the projected lineups for Monday night's game between the Calgary Flames and Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.

FLAMES

Michael CammalleriAlex TanguayJarome Iginla

Curtis GlencrossMatt StajanLee Stempniak

Jiri HudlerRoman CervenkaBlake Comeau

Tim JackmanSteve BeginBrian McGrattan

Mark GiordanoDennis Wideman

TJ BrodieJay Bouwmeester

Chris ButlerDerek Smith

Joey MacDonald

Daniel Taylor


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Posted On Thursday, 03.14.2013 / 2:15 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Ducks, Stars both missing key players

DALLAS -- When the Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars hit the ice at American Airlines Center on Thursday, both clubs will be without key players.

Anaheim will be without its second-leading scorer, Corey Perry, as he begins serving a four-game suspension for an illegal check on the Minnesota Wild's Jason Zucker in a 2-1 win at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.

"Yeah, four games are a lot. What are we going to do?" Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "There's nothing I can do. It's done with and I don't think Brendan [Shanahan, NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety] is going to phone us and say, 'Geez, you guys are good guys. We're going to make it two [games],' so we just have to drop it and go without him for four games."

Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan, whose team will be without top-line center Jamie Benn (wrist) and captain Brenden Morrow (groin) for a second straight game, took a tongue-in-cheek approach when discussing Perry's absence from the Anaheim lineup.

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Posted On Thursday, 03.14.2013 / 1:12 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Stars, Ducks

DALLAS -- Here are the projected lineups for Thursday night’s game between the Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.

DUCKS

Bobby RyanRyan GetzlafTeemu Selanne

Andrew CoglianoSaku KoivuDaniel Winnik

Matt BeleskeyBrandon McMillanEmerson Etem

Patrick MaroonPeter HollandKyle Palmieri

Sheldon SourayFrancois Beauchemin

Bryan AllenCam Fowler

Luca Sbisa- Toni Lydman

Jonas Hiller

Viktor Fasth

Scratched: Ben Lovejoy.

Injured: Nick Bonino (lower body), Corey Perry (suspended), Brad Staubitz (facial cut).


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Posted On Tuesday, 03.12.2013 / 1:40 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Whitney in for Stars; Benn, Morrow likely out

DALLAS -- After missing 16 games with a broken bone in his foot, Ray Whitney will return to the ice for the Dallas Stars on Tuesday against the Nashville Predators at American Airlines Center. It will be Whitney's first game since Feb. 1 against the Phoenix Coyotes.

"It [the process] has been long. It's the first time I've had a broken bone, so it's been longer than expected, but I've had enough of riding the bike," Whitney said. "I'm excited to get back on the ice and see if we can't get a good push here in the last half."

However, the news isn't quite as favorable when it comes to Dallas center Jamie Benn (wrist) and captain Brenden Morrow (groin), both of whom are unlikely to play against the Predators.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.12.2013 / 12:41 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Predators, Stars

DALLAS -- Here are the projected lineups for Tuesday night's game between the Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.

PREDATORS

Bobby ButlerMartin EratCraig Smith

Nick SpalingMike FisherZach Boychuk

Gabriel BourqueDavid LegwandBrandon Yip

Sergei KostitsynPaul GaustadRich Clune

Kevin KleinVictor Bartley

Shea WeberRoman Josi

Ryan EllisScott Hannan

Pekka Rinne

Chris Mason


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Posted On Sunday, 03.03.2013 / 10:28 AM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Blues, Stars

DALLAS -- Here are the projected lineups for Sunday's game between the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center:

BLUES

Jaden Schwartz - T.J. Oshie - David Backes

Patrik Berglund - Chris Stewart - David Perron

Vladimir Sobotka - Matt D'Agostini - Chris Porter

Scott Nichol - Ryan Reaves - Adam Cracknell

Barret Jackman - Alex Pietrangelo

Wade Redden - Kevin Shattenkirk

Kris Russell - Roman Polak

Brian Elliott

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Ian Cole, Andrew Murray

Injured: Jamie Langenbrunner (hip), Andy McDonald (left knee), Alex Steen (upper body), Vladimir Tarasenko (concussion)

Notes: The St. Louis Blues are 6-2-1 on the road so far this season. Among their six road wins is a 4-3 victory at Dallas on Jan. 26. David Perron found the back of the Stars' net twice in that win. Sunday's game marks the start of a five-game road trip for St. Louis. In Friday's 4-2 comeback win against the Edmonton Oilers, coach Ken Hitchcock plugged rookie Jaden Schwartz into his top line alongside T.J. Oshie and David Backes and it paid dividends as Schwartz had a goal and an assist in the victory. Brian Elliott gets the nod in goal against the Stars on Sunday in what will be his first start since Feb. 11 against the Los Angeles Kings. Elliott is winless in his previous five games (0-4-1).

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Posted On Thursday, 02.28.2013 / 2:22 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Lehtonen returns for Stars; Oilers get Hall back

DALLAS -- When the Edmonton Oilers and Dallas Stars hit the ice Thursday night at American Airlines Center, each team will have key members back in the fold.

Edmonton will have first-line wing Taylor Hall for the first time after he served a two-game suspension for kneeing Cal Clutterbuck of the Minnesota Wild, and no one could be happier than Oilers coach Ralph Krueger.

"Well, he adds an amazing amount of pressure on the opposition's defense and on their defensive structure," Krueger said of Hall. "To have [Ryan Nugent-Hopkins], [Jordan Eberle] and [Hall] back together gives us a real weapon here. We're very pleased to have Taylor's speed and offensive pressure back."

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Posted On Thursday, 02.28.2013 / 1:44 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Oilers, Stars

DALLAS -- Here are the projected lineups for Thursday night's game between the Edmonton Oilers and Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.

OILERS

Taylor HallRyan Nugent-HopkinsJordan Eberle

Ryan JonesSam GagnerAles Hemsky

Ryan SmythEric BelangerNail Yakupov

Ben EagerChris VandeveldeLennart Petrell

Jeff PetryLadislav Smid

Nick SchultzJustin Schultz

Corey PotterMark Fistric

Devan Dubnyk

Yann Danis

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It's not always going to be pretty, especially against a great goalie [Lundqvist] like that. My goals are never how you draw them up. It's just a matter of grinding it out and trying to create havoc in front and good things happen.

— Capitals forward Jay Beagle on scoring in their Game 3 victory against the Rangers on Monday