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Stars must take solutions from paper to ice if they want a turnaround

The climb from a 1-6-1 hole must begin now for Dallas or other avenues of change will start to enter the conversation

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- These off days give you a lot of time to think.

The Stars have decided that in an attempt to increase their energy levels this year, they are going to get out on the ice and skate a little less. It's particularly important right now, as the team is playing its first 10 games in 17 days. It's the most condensed schedule to start this NHL season, and they also have a flight between nine of the 10 games.

Yes, they get to fly in comfort and stay in fine hotels, but they still are getting in at 2 a.m. most mornings after a game. And there are physical and mental challenges that go with that, particularly when you are losing. So, they're trying to use logic and research to make good decisions.

On paper, it makes sense.

Just like on paper, this team can make sense.

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Stars vow to 'keep fighting together' after another loss to Blue Jackets

Dallas remains confident it will turn the season around after dropping its fourth straight game at Columbus

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Stars were better Wednesday.

Just not better enough.

Dallas created more scoring chances, spent more time in the offensive zone, and saw some bright spots from the return of Corey Perry and Denis Gurianov to the lineup, but still found a way to lose 3-2 to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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'Excited to get back,' Perry set for Stars debut against Blue Jackets

Former MVP has been out since training camp with fractured foot; Bishop back in net for Dallas

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Perry ready to make Stars debut

Hungry to win, Corey Perry ready to make Stars debut

After 14 years with the Anaheim Ducks, former league MVP Corey Perry is set to begin the next chapter of his NHL career with the Dallas Stars

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Stars (1-5-1) at Blue Jackets (2-3-0)

6 p.m., Nationwide Arena

TV: FOX Sports Southwest

Radio: The Ticket 1310-AM, 96.7-FM

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Rinky Dinking Podcast: Time for Stars to relax or hit panic button?

Razor and Heika are back on the road in Columbus to discuss the team's early slump, 'culture changes' and much more

by Daryl Reaugh and Mike Heika / Rinky Dinking Podcast

Hosts Daryl 'Razor' Reaugh and Mike Heika welcome Tom Holy back into the fold this week for a little 'Puckaganda' in Columbus, Ohio. Plus, the guys dive into the Stars' season-opening slump, debate whether the term 'culture change' is overrated in sports and if video did, in fact, kill the radio star.

'Rinky Dinking' is available for download on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and DallasStars.com/Podcast.

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Jim Nill on Stars' slump: 'We have to figure this out together'

The general manager sits down with DallasStars.com's Mike Heika to discuss how the team is navigating its slow start

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Stars are off to a 1-5-1 start and struggling to score goals.

Dallas ranks 30th in the NHL in goals per game at 1.86 right now and is 1-for-22 on the power play. The Stars also have allowed six power-play goals against.

That said, Dallas has played one of the toughest schedules to start the season with games against St. Louis, Boston, Calgary and Washington (twice). They also have played seven games in 12 days with travel between six of the seven games.

Stars coach Jim Montgomery decided to give the Stars the day off from a scheduled practice Tuesday, so DallasStars.com's Mike Heika talked with general manager Jim Nill about where his team is at and how to get out of this slump.

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Early hole deepens for Stars as offense comes up empty against Sabres

Dallas can't capitalize on scoring chances in shutout loss, falling to 1-5-1 for the first time since 1990-91

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Stars have cited poor game management as a significant cause in their 1-5-1 start and received another great example Monday in the form of a 4-0 loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

Trying to defend against a Buffalo cycle, Dallas was trapped in its own end for more than two minutes. Then, when the Stars finally secured possession of the puck, Alexander Radulov skated out into the neutral zone. He didn't get to the red line and he chipped the puck too hard. That caused an icing and meant the Stars' tired players had to remain on the ice.

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Can Stars make it six straight wins over Sabres?

Bishop back in net as Dallas begins four-game road trip with holiday matinee against Buffalo

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer
Stars (1-4-1) at Sabres (4-0-1)

2 p.m., KeyBank Center

TV: FOX Sports Southwest

Radio: The Ticket 1310-AM, 96.7-FM

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'We need to step up': Stars hit road with several areas in need of repair

From poor starts to slumping power play, Dallas enters critical trip with more questions than answers

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- On the good side, there are plenty of things the Stars can do to fix their team after a 1-4-1 start.

On the bad side, there are a lot of things they need to repair.

Dallas has gone 1-for-20 on the power play, is struggling to start games with passion, and ranks 28th in goals per game at 2.17. They have had their moments of strong play, but they're terribly inconsistent and haven't really done the things they have set out to do in the game plan.

That's a frustrating feeling.

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Search for answers, results continues as Stars fall again

With early pressure -- and losses -- mounting, Dallas vows to take 'playoff mentality' on road

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

DALLAS -- There's a great scene in the Progressive Insurance commercial where Flo's sister is on a blind date and the man asks her, "So what do you do for fun?"

As she's looking at her phone, Flo's phlegmatic sibling mutters, "Not this."

Yeah, Stars fans know the feeling.

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Dickinson 'ready to get going' for Stars against Capitals

Forward set to return from lower-body injury; Perry could make Dallas debut on Friday at Pittsburgh

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer
Stars (1-3-1) vs. Capitals (2-1-2)

7 p.m. CT, American Airlines Center

TV: FOX Sports Southwest

Radio: The Ticket 1310-AM, 96.7-FM

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