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Lightning at Stars on Saturday postponed because of winter storm

Dallas games against Predators on Monday, Tuesday, Lightning on Thursday also were not played; makeup dates not yet announced @NHLdotcom

The NHL game scheduled for Saturday between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center in Dallas has been postponed because of continued power outages in the Dallas area caused by a winter storm.

This follows the postponement of Stars games against the Nashville Predators on Monday and Tuesday, and against the Lightning on Thursday.

The Stars are next scheduled to play at the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, the first of a five-game road trip. They will play three at the Panthers and two at the Lightning.

"We were able to have an on-ice practice, and if the lights went out we would've practiced with emergency lights on," Stars coach Rick Bowness said Thursday. "That's what we were prepared to do, and that's fine. But again, we were preparing to play Tampa. So you take your pencil, erase out Tampa and now we're going to start doing more video on Florida. That's our next game, and we'll have three in a row against them. So now our preparation shifts from Tampa to Florida. That's what we do, we adjust on the fly and deal with it."

Makeup dates for the postponed games have not been announced.

The Stars have had eight games postponed this season, including its first four games because of NHL COVID-19 protocol: games against the Panthers on Jan. 14 (rescheduled for Monday) and Jan. 15 (May 3), and against the Lightning on Jan. 17 (now May 4) and Jan. 19 (May 10).

Dallas has played 12 games this season, tied with the Buffalo Sabres and Minnesota Wild for the second-fewest in the NHL, after the New Jersey Devils (10).

"We know what's ahead, obviously, a grueling schedule," Stars captain Jamie Benn said. "But we'll manage our days pretty well here. Really we're all just looking forward to our next game. I think we know when it will be, so we're just looking forward to that."

The NHL and Stars made the decision to postpone the games this week after discussion with the office of Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson. staff writer Tracey Myers contributed to this report

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