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Stars shuffle deck in effort to find right mix with lineup

Juggling lines in practice can be done for a jolt or strategic purposes, and Dallas may have done both on Tuesday

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

ANAHEIM, Calif -- The evolution of the Stars' practice has been intriguing this year under first-year NHL coach Jim Montgomery.

The former college coach has had to learn to adapt to a more hectic schedule that includes significant travel, and so his off-days have often been used for recharging as much as learning. But with a two-day break in the schedule, Montgomery on Tuesday decided to throw a lot of stuff at his team.

The result was a peek into what he is trying to accomplish 30 games into an 82-game season.

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How to watch Stars vs. Ducks: Live stream, game time, TV channel

Find out when and how to catch Dallas' game against Anaheim on TV, radio and streaming online

by Staff Report @DallasStars /

What you should know about Wednesday's game between the Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks:

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How Seattle's 2021 expansion draft could impact Stars

Who will Dallas protect in three summers? As Vegas showed, it's a tricky prospect and time can change perspectives

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Hindsight is 20/20 … and also the best friend of most fans.

That was never more clear than after a visit to Las Vegas to see the expansion darlings, the Golden Knights, on Sunday. A team made up of other people's castoffs, Vegas proved last season that there is plenty of talent in the NHL. They found the right players, made the right decisions, and rode all the way to the Stanley Cup Final, before losing to Washington in five games.

And for Stars fans, any visit back gives them another chance to say that Dallas should have protected Cody Eakin in the expansion draft and allowed someone else to go. The same thing happens every time Florida plays Vegas … or Columbus plays Vegas … or Pittsburgh plays Vegas.

The expansion draft is tricky, and time changes a lot of perspectives.

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Rinky Dinking Podcast: Could Stars bolster lineup with mid-season move?

Razor and Heika check in from the West Coast to talk Vegas, the Stars at 30 games, practice fights and more

by Daryl Reaugh and Mike Heika / Rinky Dinking Podcast

Daryl 'Razor' Reaugh and Mike Heika check in from the West Coast to discuss the vibrant NHL atmosphere in Las Vegas and which non-traditional markets outside of Dallas -- Nashville? San Jose? -- are the most fun to experience. Also, where the Stars stand at the 30-game mark of the season, practice fights and resident millennial Jeff Toates sparks a debate on whether hockey lacks 'viral' moments compared to the NFL and NBA.

'Rinky Dinking' is available now for download on iTunes, Spotify and

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AHL Report: Offensive surge fueling Texas Stars

Dallas' top affiliate has scored 54 goals over its last 12 games to lead the league in scoring

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Texas Stars are on a bit of a roll.

The Stars swept a two-game series from Milwaukee last week to give themselves a three-game winning streak and a 5-1-0 record over their past six games.

Texas, which is 12-9-2 on the season, has been racking up the goals as well. The Stars have scored 54 goals over their past 12 games (4.5 per game) and lead the AHL in scoring at 3.91 per game. Texas also ranks second on the power play at 27.6 percent.

The usual suspects were chipping in this week: Denis Gurianov, Joel L'Esperance, Adam Mascherin, Erik Condra, and Justin Dowling. And Roope Hintz scored a game-winner in his first game back from the NHL.

Here's the latest on the AHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars.

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Being arena voice of Stars a 'dream job' for Kovarsky

Known to audiences as Jeff K, the man behind the green microphone has seen - and announced - it all

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The first 30 minutes of last Monday's game between the Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers wasn't a thrill-a-minute affair. Sure, the Stars had a 1-0 lead, but other than that, there wasn't much going on.

"I didn't think there was much energy on either side," Stars coach Jim Montgomery said.

But midway through the second period, Stars forward Mattias Janmark drew a holding-the-stick call on Oilers defenseman Matt Benning, and public address announcer Jeff Kovarsky made one of his signature calls to get fans involved in the game. 

"With the Edmonton penalty," Kovarsky's voice echoed throughout the building, "powered by TXU Energy, your DALLAS STARS are on the …" and then fans in the building finished off the call, yelling "POWER PLAY!"

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No dice: Stars' win streak snapped in loss to Golden Knights

Dallas scores twice on the power play, but it isn't enough in a 4-2 defeat to open the road trip

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars fall to Golden Knights, 4-2

DAL Recap: Hanzal, Lindell score in 4-2 loss

Martin Hanzal and Esa Lindell each lit the lamp, but the Stars' comeback came up short in a 4-2 loss to the Golden Knights

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The Dallas Stars' power play scored twice in a game for the first time since the middle of October, but it wasn't enough as they saw a four-game winning streak come to an end with a 4-2 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday night.

"I thought they out-competed us tonight," said Stars coach Jim Montgomery. "Our energy and emotion the last two games hasn't been what it was."

While the Stars did get two goals on the man advantage, they were unable to generate much at even strength -- and what they did muster was shut down by Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who stopped 22 shots.

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Heika: Stars have little room for error with emotion, details

With a banged-up defense, staying dialed in is the only way for Dallas to overcome its current shortcomings

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- To be fair, every team needs emotion and attention to detail every game. That's the cornerstone of winning.

But with the Stars missing four defensemen and still trying to find their way under a new coaching staff, they absolutely have to be dialed in and making good decisions every game to overcome their own shortcomings.

They didn't do that Sunday, losing a 4-2 game to the Vegas Golden Knights and seeing their four-game winning streak come to an end.

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For Spezza, change part of Stars building a contender

The veteran leader hopes his openness to adjusting daily can serve as a good example for the entire team

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Jason Spezza will be back at center Sunday.

It's sort of the way of life for the veteran forward who will play regular-season game No. 1,019 of his career. There was a time when Spezza had a regular spot as a No. 1 center in Ottawa and was producing a point a game. And even in his first couple of seasons as the Stars' second-line center, he knew what to expect every game and had seasons of 50 or 60 points.

But at age 35, Spezza knows he has to be more adaptable. On Friday, he slid to the right wing to make way for the return of center Martin Hanzal, and saw his minutes drop to 9:56 -- a season low. He has played as much as 18:44, so he also can be a huge part of the Stars' attack.

"I definitely get it," Spezza said after Friday's 3-2 win over San Jose. "I wasn't as good tonight, so I didn't get the minutes. Other games, I've been better and I get more minutes."

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'All-Star-caliber' Bishop to get start for Stars at Vegas

The veteran netminder enters tonight tied for second in the league with a 2.23 goals against average

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars will look to make it five wins in a row when they take on the Vegas Golden Knights tonight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Stars coach Jim Montgomery will go with the same forwards and defensemen he used in Friday's 3-2 win over San Jose at American Airlines Center, but he will be making some adjustments to his forward lines.  

The top line of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, and Alexander Radulov stays intact. Brett Ritchie will get bumped up to right wing on the second line which will have Jason Spezza at center and Devin Shore on left wing. Ritchie has scored in each of the last two games since drawing back into the lineup after being a healthy scratch for several games.

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