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After rocky road trip, Stars must take charge of destiny at home

Dallas knows the magnitude of its next three games as a 1-3-1 stretch concludes with back-to-back shutout losses

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. -- This isn't the Stars' first rodeo.

They know where they are in the history of their franchise.

They know where they are at this point in the season.

They know what's on the line.

In a lot of ways, they were here last year.

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L'Esperance thrilled for NHL debut with Stars: 'It's pretty unbelievable'

In his first full professional season, the center joins Dallas after leading the AHL in scoring with 27 goals

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Preview: Stars at Hurricanes

L'Esperance joins Stars for clash with Hurricanes

Stars coach Jim Montgomery and new call-up Joel L'Esperance speak to the media before Saturday night's matchup with the Hurricanes

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Joel L'Esperance was just getting ready to go to bed Thursday night when he got a call from Dallas Stars assistant GM Scott White, who had some big news. L'Esperance was getting called up to the NHL for the first time in his career.

"Definitely took a while to fall asleep. My mind was running everywhere," L'Esperance said. "Pretty exciting though."

Exciting indeed for the 23-year-old L'Esperance, who will make his NHL debut tonight when the Dallas Stars take on the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena.  

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Lindell showing elite hockey sense for Stars in little plays, big games

From scoring sneaky goals to dishing out jarring hits in key moments, that's just essential Esa

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. -- It was a perfect display of what Esa Lindell can do.

In a 1-0 game against the Florida Panthers Tuesday, the Stars were battling through a mucky second period and not really generating much of anything. But Lindell saw an opening, snuck to the front of the net, and tapped in a nice quick pass from Tyler Seguin to give Dallas a two-goal lead in what eventually became a 3-0 win.

As teammates dissected the play in the next two days, they said it was essential Esa.

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

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

by Staff Report @DallasStars / DallasStars.com

What you should know about Saturday's game between the Dallas Stars and Carolina Hurricanes:

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'He's a beast': What does Joel L'Esperance bring to Stars?

Earning his first NHL call-up, the undrafted rookie has showcased a solid scoring prowess in the AHL

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars made a move at forward Friday, sending right wing Denis Gurianov to the Texas Stars and recalling center Joel L'Esperance, the top goal scorer in the American Hockey League.

This is the first NHL recall for the 23-year-old L'Esperance, who is in his first full professional season and is making quite an impact with Texas. He leads the AHL with 27 goals in 49 games, is tied for second with 11 power-play goals and ranks second among AHL rookies with 42 points.

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Stars recall center Joel L'Esperance from Texas

The 23-year-old has an AHL-leading 27 goals in 49 games with Dallas' top development affiliate this season

by Press Release @DallasStars / DallasStars.com

FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled center Joel L'Esperance from the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

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Stars reassign right wing Denis Gurianov to Texas

The 21-year-old has one goals and three assists in 19 games with Dallas this season

by Press Release @DallasStars / DallasStars.com

FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has reassigned right wing Denis Gurianov to the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

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5 things to know: Lightning strike early, often to put away Stars

Dallas gives up four goals in the first period on its way to a shutout loss at Tampa Bay

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars shut out by Lightning, 6-0

DAL Recap: Stars blanked by Lightning, 6-0

The Stars fired 32 shots on net, but were unable to beat Andrei Vasilevskiy in a 6-0 loss on the road to the Lightning

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It wasn't pretty Thursday night in Tampa Bay for the Dallas Stars, who surrendered four goals in the first period on their way to a 6-0 loss to the Lightning at Amalie Arena.

The Stars, who fell to 1-2-1 on their current road trip and 29-23-5 on the season, were knocked out of third place in the Central Division and are now in the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Here are five things from Thursday's game.

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Lopsided loss to Lightning gives Stars a hard lesson to learn from

Valentine's Day continues to break the hearts of Dallas fans, but the team has to find a way to move forward

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

TAMPA, Fla. -- Talk about heartless …

The Stars on Thursday lost for the ninth straight time on Valentine's Day, and they left a trail of stomped flowers and crushed candies in the process.

Dallas was trampled 6-0 by the Tampa Bay Lightning, and now they have to go about putting this relationship in the past. Yes, they wanted to learn something from playing the best team in the NHL, and maybe they did.

But it was a hard lesson.

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Stars face stiff test in road matchup with 'elite' Lightning

Benn says Dallas knows it must 'come prepared' tonight against league-leading Tampa Bay

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Preview: Stars at Lightning

Stars bracing for an 'elite' Lightning team

Stars head coach Jim Montgomery and captain Jamie Benn weigh in on an important road game against the league-best Lightning

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The Dallas Stars will face a stiff test tonight when they take on the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena in game four of their five-game road trip.

The Lightning, who have won three straight games and have points in seven straight, are tops in the NHL with 88 points, 13 more than the next closest team.

"Huge. On the road and in their barn," said Stars captain Jamie Benn. "There's no question about it, these guys are an elite team, and they have some elite talent over there. We really have to be at the top of our game and come prepared."

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