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Stars grind out 3-2 win over Jets

Antti Niemi comes up big in goal with 28 saves

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars shook off a growing number of injuries at forward and found a way to grind out a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday night at American Airlines Center.

"The guys played a heck of a game," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. "Battle was good, our compete was good, we got to the net, we generated the type of opportunities that most nights you'll get three or four [goals]."

With Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky the latest players to go out of the lineup for the Stars, who are missing six regular forwards, Ruff juggled his lines and got contributions throughout the lineup. Seven of the 12 forwards dressed in the game registered points. Brett Ritchie, Patrick Eaves, and Tyler Seguin scored goals. Devin Shore had two assists, and Justin Dowling picked up an assist in his NHL debut. Curtis McKenzie and Lauri Korpikoski had assists as well.

"I thought we had a great night out of [Dowling's] line. We got a good night out of the Shore line," Ruff said. "Obviously, [Seguin] had a heck of a goal off the wing. There were some opportunities there from all four lines."

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Stars look to get back on track vs. Jets

Niemi in goal; Eaves probable, Spezza questionable

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars (2-2-1) will try to get back on track when they take on the Winnipeg Jets at American Airlines Center tonight. The Stars, who are missing several forwards due to injury, are coming off a lackluster 3-0 loss to Columbus on Saturday.

"We have to find reasons for winning a game and how to be effective. Put all the excuses aside. I think there are ways you can still win," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "Although we have a lot of personnel up front that may be out tonight, you've got to find reasons to win. Last game, we did some things that encouraged energy from the other team. We are going to try to turn the table and play a smarter, more effective game."

Ruff said trust will be key as the Stars try to get their game in order.

"Yesterday's meeting was about trust. That's what we need to do," Ruff said. "It's trusting that on the ice you have an assignment in that 35-40 second shift. If you do your job, it is easier for the second guy to do his. We've been a real effective team when guys take care of their own job inside that 40 second shift."

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Texas Stars Report

Texas plays three games at home this week after tough California road trip

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

After winning their first two games of the season at home, the Texas Stars hit the road last week, and it was a rough trip. The Stars played three games in California, went 0-2-1 and were outscored 16-10. The Stars, who are 2-2-1 on the season, play three games at home this week. Here's an update on the AHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars.

Wednesday, October 19: Stockton 5, Texas 1

The Stars opened their road trip with a 5-1 loss at Stockton on Wednesday. The Heat scored three goals in a 4:58 span early in the first period to build a 3-0 lead and chase Texas starter Maxime Lagace from the net. Lagace, who surrendered three goals on eight shots, was replaced by Philippe Desrosiers, who stopped 22 of 24 shots. Austin Fyten scored the lone goal for Texas.

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Stars-Jets Preview

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Winnipeg Jets at Dallas Stars
Tuesday, October 25
7:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (2-2-1) are coming off a 3-0 loss to Columbus at American Airlines Center on Saturday. Stars coach Lindy Ruff said it wasn't a good night for his team, which has dropped two straight (0-1-1). 

"That was as flat as flat could be. There's no disguising it," Ruff said. "I've never seen this team in two years move the puck so poorly. Missed passes. Bad passes. Hang on too long. It was a collective effort from the top down. There's nothing to like about that game. I can understand the displeasure in the building. I was with them. For me, it was one of the toughest performances we've put together in two years at home here."

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Hemsky back on IR, Spezza questionable for Tuesday

As injury list grows, Stars recall Justin Dowling from AHL

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The list of injured Dallas Stars forwards continues to grow. Ales Hemsky reinjured his groin in Saturday's game against Columbus and is back on injured reserve. Jason Spezza left Monday's practice early with an undisclosed injury, and his status for Tuesday's game against Winnipeg is unclear. 

Hemsky had just returned to the lineup Saturday after missing the first four games of the season with a groin injury he suffered at the World Cup of Hockey in September. The groin issue flared up again on Saturday.

"I don't think he was ever ready to go. He was close, wanted to play," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "We all know Ales; when he is going, he is flying. Halfway through the game, he was struggling again."

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Dallas Stars recall forward Justin Dowling from Texas

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the team has recalled forward Justin Dowling from the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Dowling, 26, currently shares second in the AHL and leads the Texas Stars with eight points (2-6=8) in five games this season. The forward also ranks second in the League and paces Texas with six assists, while his four power play points (0-4=4) are tied for third in the AHL. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound native of Cochrane, Alta. was undrafted and signed with Dallas as a free agent on March 26, 2014

The team also announced today that it has placed forward Ales Hemsky on injured reserve, retroactive to the game on Oct. 22 against Columbus. Hemsky has appeared in one game this season, posting one shot on goal in 15:32 of ice time.

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Prospect Report

Forward Roope Hintz returns from injury, scores in second game back

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

After missing the first 11 games of the season due to injury, Stars forward prospect Roope Hintz returned to action this weekend for HIFK in Finland's top league.

Hintz played 17:04 and registered no points and two shots on goal in his first game on Friday, a 2-0 loss to Assat.

In his next game, a 2-1 shootout win over HPK, Hintz scored his first goal of the season, had five shots on goal and played 23:34, which was second highest among HIFK forwards.

Hintz, who centered the second line, took a pass in the neutral zone, split two HPK defenders and then scored on a wrist shot as he broke in alone on net to tie the game 1-1 in the second period.

"Most important thing was that there isn't another scoreless game," Hintz told

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Stars fall flat in 3-0 loss to Columbus

Lindy Ruff: 'That was as flat as flat could be'

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

If Thursday's overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings was a step back for the Dallas Stars, Saturday night's game was a leap back. The Stars rolled out their worst game of the young season in a 3-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at American Airlines Center.

"That was as flat as flat could be," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said.

"It was a really bad game," said Stars defenseman John Klingberg. "I don't know what to say. It was bad."

The Stars, who played their best game of the season in a 2-1 win at Nashville on Tuesday, have been lackluster in their past two games. It was a 4-3 overtime loss to the Kings on Thursday and then Saturday's loss to the Blue Jackets. The Stars are 2-2-1 on the season.

"There is no disguising it because there is some concern," Ruff said. "That's two games in a row where we were outskated. We don't get outskated very often."

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Ales Hemsky in tonight, Gemel Smith to make NHL debut

Lehtonen to make third straight start as Stars face Blue Jackets

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Gemel Smith was in Ontario, California on Friday preparing to play his fourth AHL game of the season when he got pulled aside by Dallas assistant GM Scott White. Smith was about to find out he was getting his first call up to the NHL.

"When he called me aside the guys were going, 'Oooh,' kind of implying [I was getting called up], but I really never knew," Smith said. "You don't want to jump to conclusions. As soon as he told me, I was definitely excited."

There's more cause for the 22-year-old Smith to be excited. He will make his NHL debut tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets at American Airlines Center.

"It's my first one, and hopefully the first of many," Smith said. "I've been working hard for this, and I am going to take it day-by-day and game-by-game."

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Dallas Stars activate Ales Hemsky

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the team has activated forward Ales Hemsky from injured reserve.

Hemsky, 33, missed the first four games of the 2016-17 season due to a groin injury injury he sustained during the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. The native of Pardubice, Czech Republic registered 39 points (13-26=39) in 75 regular-season games with Dallas last season.

The team also announced today that it has placed forward Jiri Hudler  (illness) on injured reserve, retroactive to the game on Oct. 15 against Colorado. Hudler has appeared in two games this season, recording two takeaways.

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