The Dallas Stars kick off their six-game preseason schedule on Tuesday night at the American Airlines Center against the St. Louis Blues. Now, all preseason contests should be met with a healthy dose of skepticism given that the outcomes mean zilch, nada, nothing -- or even less.
That said, it's hard to imagine a preseason schedule that is being met with more anticipation in Texas than this one, given the dramatic offseason changes made by the Stars, including the repatriation of head coach Ken Hitchcock.
Here's a look at five things to keep an eye on in preseason contest No. 1.