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Stars-Bruins Preview

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Boston Bruins at Dallas Stars
Sunday, February 26
11:30 a.m.  
TV: NBC
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (24-27-10) came out of their five-day bye week with a 5-2 win over Arizona Friday. Five different players scored goals, and 12 different players registered points as the Stars won their second straight game. The Stars were just the fifth team to win the first game after the bye week. With the Dallas win, teams improved to 5-12-4 in the first game out of the break.

"We wanted to take the positives of the break and not worry about what the record has been for other teams," said forward Devin Shore, who had one goal and one assist. "I think guys yesterday, and even this morning, were recharged and enjoyed the break and ready to get back in it. I think that showed in our energy, we got some breaks and we put some pucks to the net, which always really helps, but we really liked our game coming out of the break."

Defenseman Johnny Oduya (ankle) practiced again with the team Saturday. He is a gameday decision for Sunday.

The Stars recalled forward Remi Elie from Texas (AHL) on Saturday.

Sunday's game is the third of a five-game homestand for the Stars.

Injuries: Johnny Oduya (ankle) is questionable. C/LW Adam Cracknell (lower body), RW Ales Hemsky (hip) and C/LW Mattias Janmark (knee) are on injured reserve.

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Stars prepare for early start

National broadcast has Stars-Bruins dropping the puck at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars continue their homestand Sunday against the Boston Bruins, and it will be an early start. An 11:30 a.m. start for the national broadcast on NBC. Stars coach Lindy Ruff doesn't remember being behind the bench for one that early.

"I don't know if I've coached in one in my lifetime," Ruff said. "I think the earliest has been noon. So 11:30 a.m. is a special start time."

It's the same for center Jason Spezza, at least at the NHL level. He does remember playing a 10:00 a.m. game at Philadelphia in the minors.

"It was a kids' game," Spezza said. "I remember because they put SpongeBob on the big screen and the place went bananas every time they did it. We were wondering what the heck is going on here."

Sunday's early start will be a little different routine for the players, who usually hit the ice at 10:15 a.m. for a morning skate for evening home games and may be leaving the AAC around the time Sunday's game is scheduled to start.  

"Sleep is important. It's more important than my routine," Spezza said. "I am usually at the rink three hours before game time, but I won't do that tomorrow. I will try to sleep as much as I can. Normally I go home and take a nap. I won't do that tomorrow. I will try to go to bed around 9:30, get up before my alarm, have a couple cups of coffee, spend some time with my kids and come to the rink."

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Dallas Stars recall left wing Remi Elie from Texas

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled left wing Remi Elie from the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League.

Elie, 21, is tied for fourth on Texas with 25 points (8-17=25) in 49 games played this season. He has produced five points (2-3=5) in his last seven contests. In two professional seasons with Texas, he has registered 42 points (14-28=42) in 113 regular season games.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound native of Cornwall, Ontario was originally selected by Dallas in the second round (40th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft. 

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Stars react to 'tough news' of Patrick Eaves trade

Stars come out of bye week with 5-2 win over Coyotes

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars returned to the ice from their bye week with a 5-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes at American Airlines Center Friday night, but the game was overshadowed by news earlier in the day. The Stars dealt forward Patrick Eaves to the Anaheim Ducks for a conditional second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

"He's one of the most unselfish guys I've ever played with. A great teammate and a great guy. That was tough news to hear," Stars captain Jamie Benn said of the Eaves deal. "We put ourselves in this situation. I wish we hadn't put ourselves in this situation."

With the Stars playoff chances looking slim, GM Jim Nill started to get calls about some of his players, especially those who will be unrestricted free agents this summer. Eaves, who is on an expiring contract and comes with a low salary cap hit, generated a lot of interest from teams that are looking to add a player for a possible playoff run. Nill took the opportunity to look ahead, and grab a future asset.

"My job is to look after the franchise today, tomorrow and in the future. We have to do what's right," Nill said. "This is part of the business, and we've put ourselves in this position. It's going to be an opportunity for somebody else. We are probably going to call some players up as we get going here. It's an opportunity for other players and players know they have to do their jobs."

Eaves was having a career year with the Stars, posting a career-high 21 goals and 37 points in 59 games. That attracted a lot of attention from several teams.

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Stars acquire conditional second-round pick for Eaves

Dallas will receive conditional pick from Anaheim in the 2017 NHL Draft

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has acquired a conditional second-round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft in exchange for right wing Patrick Eaves . Based on draft position, Dallas will receive the middle pick of Ottawa, San Jose or Toronto's second-round selections in 2017 per the conditions in which Anaheim acquired the pick from Toronto in a previous trade. Should Anaheim advance to the third round of the postseason and Eaves plays in 50% or more of their games in the first two rounds, the selection becomes the Ducks first-round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Eaves, 32, has recorded 37 points (21-16=37) in 59 games played this season. In three seasons with the Stars, he appeared in 160 regular season games posting 81 points (46-35=81).

The 6-foot, 200-pound native of Calgary, Alberta was signed as a free agent by Dallas on July 1, 2014.

Additionally, forward Adam Cracknell was placed on Injured Reserve retroactive to Feb. 18 with a lower body injury.

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Stars get back at it tonight vs. Coyotes

Lehtonen in goal as Stars return from bye week and continue homestand

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars return to action tonight after their five-day bye week, taking on the Arizona Coyotes at American Airlines Center. The Stars will try to avoid a key problem of other teams coming out of the long break, which has been losing that first game. Of the 20 teams that have had their bye weeks, 16 have lost their first game out of the break (4-12-4).

Coach Lindy Ruff said the Stars will look to do a few key things as they get back to playing after the extended time off.

"Try to keep the shifts really short, not get tired people caught on the ice," Ruff said. "The focus will be to stay away from the special teams game, don't take needless penalties and put yourself in harm's way."

The Stars (23-27-10) lost ground in the standings during their time off, going from six points out of a playoff spot on Saturday to ten points out heading into tonight's game.

"Take it one game at a time," said Stars captain Jamie Benn. "We're have four straight games at home. We got to win every game pretty much. It's do-or-die for this team."

The Stars worked on special teams this morning, and Ruff juggled his power play units. He moved defenseman Esa Lindell to the top unit with Benn, Tyler Seguin, Patrick Eaves and Patrick Sharp. John Klingberg was on the second unit with Jason Spezza, Devin Shore, Brett Ritchie and Dan Hamhuis.

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Stars-Coyotes Preview

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Arizona Coyotes at Dallas Stars
Friday, February 24
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (23-27-10) are coming off their five-day 'bye-week.' They last played Saturday, defeating Tampa Bay 4-3 in overtime behind an Antoine Roussel hat trick and Jamie Benn's game-winner in the extra period. Teams have not fared well coming off the five-day break, posting a 4-12-4 record in their first game back.

"The players have been off on their own, and you don't control what they do," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. "It's the total responsibility of the players to be ready. So, you have a team that has been up and running against a team that hasn't practiced in five days. I think that can sometimes be the difference."

The Stars went through a lengthy practice late Thursday afternoon.

"I think the main focus was get our speed back and do everything quick out there on the ice," said Stars captain Jamie Benn. "We had five days to rest and kind of mellow out, so we need to get our brains going, get our feet moving again and get back."

Defenseman Johnny Oduya, who has been out more than a month with an ankle injury, practiced Thursday. He is not expected to play Friday but could be ready by Sunday.

The Stars enter Friday's game ten points out of a playoff spot with 22 games remaining.

Thursday's game is the second of five straight at home for the Stars.

Injuries: D Johnny Oduya (ankle), C/LW Adam Cracknell (lower body), RW Ales Hemsky (hip) and C/LW Mattias Janmark (knee) are on injured reserve.

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Back from the bye week

Stars hope rust won't be a factor as they return to action after break

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

With their five-day bye week in the books, the Dallas Stars were back at practice late Thursday afternoon in Frisco. The Stars get back to playing games Friday when they take on the Arizona Coyotes at American Airlines Center.

"It was fun to get back out there," said Stars captain Jamie Benn. "We had five days off, and we went into the break the way we wanted to (with a win over Tampa Bay). We want to keep that going. But it was nice to get five days off mentally and physically, and we are going to be ready to go."

The Stars went through a lengthy practice Thursday afternoon that was broken up into two sessions. It looked like a mini-camp.

"I think the main focus was get our speed back and do everything quick out there on the ice," Benn said. "We had five days to rest and kind of mellow out, so we need to get our brains going, get our feet moving again and get back."

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On the Stars beat since day one

Dallas police officer Frank 'Timbo' Duncan, who has been working Stars games since 1993, is honored as a Cops' Cop

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dallas police officer Frank "Timbo" Duncan has been working Dallas Stars games from day one. He'll tell you it's not so much a job, but more like hanging around with family. And how much he means to that family hit home on the darkest day of Duncan's career in law enforcement.

July 7, 2016. Duncan was working in downtown Dallas when a gunman ambushed police, killing five officers and wounding nine other officers and two civilians.

"It was the worst day of my 28 years on the police department," Duncan said.

And he was touched by the concern and support from his Stars family. As that night's events unfolded, his phone began to fill with messages from his own family and others, including those he gotten to know over all those years working Dallas Stars games.

"I had to turn my phone off. It was vibrating every couple of seconds," he said. "I turned it back on when the dust settled and everybody from Brett Hull to fans who have been season ticket holders that know me and I know them. Everyone was concerned and checking on me. You don't realize how many people's lives that you touch. When something like that happens you realize, wow, they do care about you. It was pretty enlightening and neat that they reached out and checked on me."

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Texas Stars Report

Stars lose two of three as Honka, Gurianov miss time with injury

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Texas Stars went 1-2-0 over the past week and are now 24-21-3 on the season, ranking fifth in the AHL's Pacific Division. The Stars were down a few players this past week, including defenseman Julius Honka and forward Denis Gurianov who are both out with injury. Goaltenders Philippe Desrosiers and Landon Bow both had strong showings in the ECHL. Here's the latest on the minor league affiliates of the Dallas Stars.

Friday, February 17: Texas 4, Chicago 3 (OT)

Nick Ebert scored on the power play with 26 seconds remaining in overtime as the Texas Stars won their fourth straight game, defeating the Chicago Wolves, 4-3, at H-E-B Center Friday night. Travis Morin, Brandon DeFazio, and Mike McMurtry also scored for Texas. Justin Peters stopped 18 of 21 shots to get the win in goal.

Saturday, February 18: Chicago 4, Texas 1

The Stars' four-game winning streak came to an end with a 4-1 loss to Chicago in Cedar Park Saturday. Ethan Werek scored the lone goal for the Stars, and Justin Peters stopped 20 shots in suffering just his second loss since joining the Stars.

Monday, February 20: San Jose 5, Texas 3

The Stars opened a stretch of six straight games on the road with a 5-3 loss at San Jose Monday. Defenseman Ludwig Bystrom scored his first two goals of the season, and Remi Elie also scored for the Stars. Justin Peters got the start in goal and was pulled early in the second period after allowing four goals on 14 shots. Max Lagace played the rest of the way, stopping 14 of 15 shots. The win was the 12th straight for San Jose.

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