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Posted On Sunday, 03.01.2015 / 9:55 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Stars GM Nill excited to land Backman, Janmark

DALLAS -- Shortly after trading left wing Erik Cole to the Detroit Red Wings, Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill discussed the two prospects, defenseman Mattias Backman and center Mattias Janmark, the Stars received in return.

Backman, 22, was a fifth-round pick (No. 146) by Detroit in the 2011 NHL Draft. He played 18 games for Grand Rapids in the American Hockey League earlier this season before being loaned to Linkopings HC in the Swedish Hockey League.

Nill was an assistant general manager with the Red Wings when Backman was drafted, so he knows Backman well.

"He's a defenseman, a good puck-moving defenseman," Nill said. "He came over and played a few games at Grand Rapids start of the season and went back to Sweden. But he's very close to being an NHL-ready defenseman, just needs to gain strength in that but real good skill, good hockey sense."

Posted On Sunday, 03.01.2015 / 2:47 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Ducks at Stars

DALLAS -- With the Dallas Stars on a five-game losing streak (0-3-2), coach Lindy Ruff is making one big change to his lineup before the game against the Anaheim Ducks at American Airlines Center on Sunday.

Backup goalie Jhonas Enroth will make his fourth start since being traded to Dallas from the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 11. Enroth replaces Kari Lehtonen, who allowed four goals on 23 shots in regulation during a 5-4 shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.

"Just going to put him [Enroth] in net and let him play," Ruff said.

Ruff is likely keeping his forward lines and defensive pairings identical from Friday. Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski, right wing Ales Hemsky and left wing Antoine Roussel did not skate Sunday but Ruff said the session was optional and that all three will play against the Ducks.

Posted On Friday, 02.27.2015 / 3:01 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Avalanche at Stars

DALLAS -- The Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars each have 63 points and are eight points behind the Minnesota Wild for the second Western Conference wild-card berth into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, making their game at American Airlines Center on Friday a crucial one for both teams.

Dallas (27-25-9) has lost four straight games (0-3-1) and is 12-12-7 at home. But coach Lindy Ruff feels that even though Dallas is 0-3-1 against the Avalanche this season, the margin between them is small.

"In the last game in this building, basically they have nothing and we let them score with under 20 seconds left and they end up winning it in the extra time," Ruff said. "It's making sure that if we have that lead we can hold it, and if we're behind it's getting that key goal."

Posted On Saturday, 02.21.2015 / 2:17 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Red Wings at Stars

DALLAS -- The Detroit Red Wings and Dallas Stars each need a victory, which makes the game at American Airlines Center on Saturday between the former Central Division rivals an intriguing matchup.

Detroit (32-14-10) is 1-2-1 in its past four games and will be without defenseman Kyle Quincey (lower body). Jakub Kindl, who has missed the past 20 games with an elbow injury, will replace Quincey in the second defensive pairing alongside Danny DeKeyser.

Kindl played two games for Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League earlier this week on a conditioning assignment before being recalled on Friday.

"We just want him to get in there and get playing, get his confidence back," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said of Kindl. "He's a real good puck mover. He can shoot the puck and he's just got to work on being good defensively."

Posted On Thursday, 02.19.2015 / 2:54 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Sharks at Stars

DALLAS -- The San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars are currently on the wrong side of the cutoff line for the Stanley Cup Playoffs picture in the Western Conference, which makes the game between the former Pacific Division rivals at American Airlines Center on Thursday crucial.

San Jose (29-22-8) is 2-5-2 in its past nine games, including a 5-1 loss at the Nashville Predators on Tuesday. The Sharks are currently tied in points with the Los Angeles Kings, but L.A. holds the final wild-card spot in the West by virtue of having played two fewer games. San Jose's recent struggles led coach Todd McLellan to shuffle his lines at morning skate on Thursday.

"It could (help us defensively). We're hoping that," McLellan said. "We've won two of our last nine games with the same group, so it's time to shake things up. We'll see if that gives us an opportunity to be productive. If not, we can always go back."

Posted On Friday, 02.13.2015 / 2:16 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Panthers at Stars

DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars are 1-3-1 in their past five games at American Airlines Center, and with the Florida Panthers visiting Friday in the second game of a back-to-back, Stars coach Lindy Ruff said he would like to see his team capitalize early.

"For me it [the key] is going to be doing the little things really well and that's getting pucks in deep, making sure that we're playing a 200-foot game, the pucks are getting in below the goal line and getting pucks going to the net," Ruff said. "Maybe we're catching them off guard and they're the team that's taking penalties right off the bat."

Dallas has won two straight, including a 5-3 win at the Boston Bruins on Tuesday to close its Eastern Conference road trip at 2-1-0.

The Panthers lost 2-1 at the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, their fourth loss in their past five road games (1-4-0). Despite their recent road struggles, Ruff said he knows the Stars will be in for a tough battle against Florida, which is 12-10-6 on the road.

Posted On Thursday, 02.05.2015 / 2:08 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Lightning at Stars

DALLAS -- With the Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars currently on tough stretches, each coach made the morning skate optional in advance of their game Thursday at American Airlines Center.

Dallas (23-19-8) lost 3-2 in a shootout to the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday, and with the Stars starting a stretch of three games in four days, coach Lindy Ruff wanted to give his players the choice of not skating.

"It's the time of year where this gets a little bit tough. We've been on twice a day and we've got four games in six nights," Ruff said. "I'm going to try to change it up here from game-to-game."

Just over half of the Dallas roster skated, but captain Jamie Benn and center Tyler Seguin weren't among them. Benn and Seguin played a game of tennis in the hallway near the Stars locker room.

Center Jason Spezza, who missed practice Wednesday with what was termed a maintenance day by Ruff, skated on Thursday and will play.

"Spezza's good. Everybody else is good," Ruff said.

Posted On Tuesday, 02.03.2015 / 2:26 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Avalanche at Stars

DALLAS -- The Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars enter their game Tuesday at American Airlines Center four points out of the second Western Conference wild-card berth into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which makes their game Tuesday, the first of three between them in February, crucial for both teams.

"I'm afraid that [our playoff-like mentality] started like six, seven weeks ago," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "Pretty sure it started for them [Colorado] too. When you get that far behind that, it's desperation. We want to keep crawling up and these games against each other are games where you can separate and make up ground."

Dallas (23-19-7), which was won two straight, likely will have veteran left wing Erik Cole back on the ice after he missed the past three games because of an upper-body injury. Cole will skate on the second line, with center Jason Spezza and right wing Ales Hemsky.

"I think that line was going well [before Cole's injury]," Ruff said. "He was really going well. I think he was a big reason why that line was having success; his north/south speed, his physicality. So I'm hoping that he can step right in playing the way he was before he went out."

Posted On Tuesday, 01.20.2015 / 2:29 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Bruins at Stars

DALLAS -- When the Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars hit the ice at American Airlines Center on Tuesday night, each team shares a common goal; win their final game before the start of the NHL All-Star break, which begins on Wednesday and ends on Jan. 26.

Boston (24-16-6) heads into its first meeting of the season with Dallas after a 3-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, a defeat Bruins coach Claude Julien wouldn’t label a wake-up call.

“We have to understand that we have to be willing to work hard every night. In my mind, they (Columbus) wanted it more than we did and we can’t allow those things to happen,” Julien said. “They (Dallas) have got a chance to get close to a playoff spot and we’re probably going to see the best out of those guys. At the end of the night, it’s which team wants it more than the other. That’s got to be us.”

Posted On Saturday, 01.17.2015 / 1:59 PM

By Steve Hunt - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Capitals at Stars

DALLAS -- With veteran defenseman Trevor Daley and rookie right wing Brett Ritchie each sidelined with undisclosed injuries, Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff made some tweaks to his lineup ahead of the game at American Airlines Center on Saturday night against the Washington Capitals.

Daley, right wing Ales Hemsky and Ritchie missed practice on Friday, but Hemsky is likely to play in his customary spot on the right side of the second line alongside left wing Erik Cole and center Jason Spezza

With Daley out, David Schlemko, claimed off waivers from the Arizona Coyotes on Jan. 3, is the likely choice to replace Daley alongside Jamie Oleksiak in the Stars' third defensive pairing.

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