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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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Stars-Blue Jackets Preview

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Columbus Blue Jackets at Dallas Stars
Saturday, October 22
7:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (2-1-1) lost 4-3 in overtime to the Los Angeles Kings at American Airlines Center Thursday. The Stars were outshot 39-20 in the game but overcame 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 deficits to get the game to overtime and pick up one point.

"[The Kings] played a good game. They came here to compete and win a game. We didn't man up and play to their level or higher," said Stars captain Jamie Benn. "I don't think we deserved to win that game and it showed on the scoreboard."

Forwards Patrick Sharp and Patrick Eaves were injured in Thursday's game. The Stars placed Sharp (concussion-like symptoms) on injured reserve Friday. Eaves is questionable for Saturday with a lower body injury.

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Sharp to injured reserve, Smith recalled from AHL

Hemsky probable for Saturday, Eaves Questionable, Hudler still out

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

There was plenty of news on the injury front for the Dallas Stars on Friday. Patrick Sharp (concussion-like symptoms) didn't practice Friday and has been placed on injured reserve. Patrick Eaves (lower body) injury didn't practice but hasn't been ruled out for Saturday. Ales Hemsky (groin) did practice and appears ready to return. Jiri Hudler remains out with illness. And with the injuries at forward mounting, the Stars recalled Gemel Smith from the AHL.

Sharp and Eaves both were injured in Thursday's game against Los Angeles. Sharp left early in the second period after a big hit by Kings defenseman Brayden McNabb. The Stars placed Sharp on IR retroactive to Thursday, so he'll be out at least seven days from the time of the injury.

Eaves did not return for the third period on Thursday after getting hit with a puck earlier in the game. If Eaves isn't ready to go the Stars will have insurance in Smith, who was recalled Friday afternoon. The 22-year-old Smith, a fourth-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, had an excellent training camp and preseason with Dallas. The speedy center has one goal and a plus-two rating in three games with Texas.

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Dallas Stars recall forward Gemel Smith from Texas

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

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

Smith, 22, has recorded one goal (1-0=1) with a +2 plus/minus rating and seven shots on goal in three games this season with Texas. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound native of Toronto, Ont. was originally selected by Dallas in the fourth round (104th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft.

The team also announced today that it has placed forward Patrick Sharp on injured reserve, retroactive to the game on Oct. 20 against Los Angeles. Sharp has tallied one assist (0-1=1) in four games with Dallas in 2016-17.

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Stars rally for point, but fall in OT to Kings

Sharp, Eaves injured; Ruff angry over Kings' game-winning goal

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars showed some resiliency Thursday night against a desperate Los Angeles Kings team. Despite losing two more forwards to injuries, the Stars rallied to pick up one point before falling 4-3 in overtime to the Kings in a physical, intense game at American Airlines Center.

"It's good to get a point out of it," said Stars center Jason Spezza. "I think we would have wanted to get a win in overtime. It would have been a feel-good win that way. I thought we did a good job of sticking up for each other once we had some circumstance in the game. It would have been a nice one to win."

One of those circumstances in the game was the loss of forward Patrick Sharp, who left in the second period with concussion-like symptoms after a big hit from Kings defenseman Brayden McNabb. That fueled a lot of emotion in the game. Antoine Roussel went after McNabb a few minutes after the hit on Sharp and Jamie Oleksiak fought McNabb a short time after that.

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Lehtonen in goal as Stars open three-game homestand

Stars expected to go with same lineup that won in Nashville

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars open a three-game homestand tonight when they take on the Los Angeles Kings at American Airlines Center.

The Kings come into the game riding a three-game losing streak to open the season, and they are without goaltender Jonathan Quick, who is expected to miss three months with a lower-body injury.

Stars coach Lindy Ruff is wary of the struggling Kings.

"I expect a real desperate club that is going to try to do everything to win," Ruff said. "When you get into a little bit of a hole, you try to claw your way out, and these are the games that scare a coach more than anything."

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SMG to manage & market The H-E-B Center at Cedar Park

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

SMG, the worldwide leader in venue management, has been selected by the Dallas Stars, the Texas Stars and the City of Cedar Park, Texas to provide management and marketing services for the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. The selection strengthens SMG's portfolio of arena clients in the State of Texas and the region, including NRG Park (Houston, Texas), Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, Okla.), BOK Center (Tulsa, Okla.), American Bank Center (Corpus Christi, Texas), Laredo Energy Arena (Laredo, Texas), INTRUST Bank Arena (Wichita, Kan.), and others. SMG's five-year contact with the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, with extension opportunities, will commence immediately.

"We are thrilled to be working with the Dallas Stars, the Texas Stars and the City of Cedar Park," said Doug Thornton, SMG Executive Vice President of Stadiums and Arenas. "The H-E-B Center at Cedar Park is a premier entertainment facility in the state of Texas, and we are dedicated to ensuring its success. We very much look forward to utilizing our experience and resources to help the Stars organization and the City of Cedar Park maximize the revenue potential from the local community and the surrounding region."

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Stars host annual Hockey Fights Cancer Night

by Dallas Stars Staff / Press Releases

The Dallas Stars will hold their annual Hockey Fights Cancer night presented by UT Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center on Saturday, Oct. 22 when they take on the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The 2016-17 season marks the 18th anniversary of Hockey Fights Cancer, the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players' Association joint charitable initiative dedicated to raising awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research. Since its inception in 1998, Hockey Fights Cancer has donated over $15 million to cancer organizations throughout North America.

The theme for this season's Hockey Fights Cancer night is "I'm Fighting For", an acknowledgement that we are all connected to this disease, and we fight together. As a tribute to those battling cancer, every seat at American Airlines Center will have a blank card with the slogan. Fans in attendance will be encouraged to write-in the person on the card who is significant to them and will be used during an in-game tribute.

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