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Stars want to see Roope Hintz play with purpose at AHL affiliate Texas

The touted rookie 'needs to go down, possess pucks, make plays,' says Dallas coach Jim Montgomery

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

EULESS, Texas -- Forward Roope Hintz was a breakout player for the Dallas Stars during the preseason, but that play hasn't translated to the regular season, and now he is headed to the American Hockey League.

Dallas assigned Hintz to the Texas Stars Saturday morning with the hope that the 21-year-old center, who made the opening night roster with a late push in the preseason, will get his game back on track. 

"Get him going," Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. "Needs to play a little more games, get more minutes. He hasn't been possessing the puck very much in our games. He needs to go down, possess pucks, make plays."

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Stars assign center Roope Hintz to Texas

The 21-year-old appeared in five games for Dallas, recording seven shots and four penalty minutes

by Press Release @DallasStars / DallasStars.com

FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has assigned center Roope Hintz to the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

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Stars learn little details can cause wild swings in both directions

Dallas gets an up-close look at how fumbling a few plays can turn a good thing sour real quick in its loss to Minnesota

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Consider each detail of the game like a pebble on a pond for the Stars right now.

One good play can lead to another, which can lead to another, which can lead to another.

And vice versa.

The Stars lost a 3-1 game to the Minnesota Wild on Friday, and the game swung on just a couple of plays. That's sorta how the league works these days. You make enough small plays, and they add up to big ones. You fumble a few, and things can go bad pretty quickly.

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Wild surge past Stars with third-period rally

Dallas takes the lead late but can't hang on as its skid hits three games with the 3-1 defeat

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The return home didn't help the Dallas Stars get back on track. The Stars' losing streak hit three games as they fell, 3-1, to the Minnesota Wild Friday night at American Airlines Center.

The Stars played well for most of the game, dominated the second period, and then grabbed a 1-0 lead early in the third period on Jason Spezza's first goal of the season, but after that it was all Minnesota, which dominated the rest of the period and rallied for the victory.

"I really liked the way we played until the goal. After the goal, we stopped playing," said Stars coach Jim Montgomery. "Our puck pressure disappeared, and our game management disappeared. It's frustrating for everybody, but we've got to keep getting better. And that's the bottom line."

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PGA superstar Jordan Spieth cheers on Stars vs. Wild

The Dallas native and University of Texas alum took in his hometown team's game on Friday night at AAC

by Staff Report @DallasStars / DallasStars.com

PGA Tour champion Jordan Spieth is known for being a superstar on the course, but he's also a big fan of his hometown hockey club, the Dallas Stars.

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Lower-body injury could keep Alexander Radulov out vs. Wild

If the forward can't play, rookie Roope Hintz will get a look on the Stars' top line

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dallas Stars forward Alexander Radulov was out on the ice earlier than usual for Friday morning's skate at American Airlines Center, testing a lower-body injury that he suffered Tuesday night in New Jersey. He took part in line rushes but left the skate early, and appears doubtful for tonight's game against the Minnesota Wild.

"It will probably be a game-time decision, but right now it's looking like he won't play," said Stars coach Jim Montgomery.

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How important are divisional games for Stars? 'They're huge'

Success in the jam-packed Central could mean everything once the playoff picture comes into focus

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

The math is pretty easy if you're looking for a place to concentrate.

The Stars missed the playoffs by three points last season and went 12-14-0 in games against their own division. Win a couple more of those head-to-head matchups, and there's a good chance you get into the postseason party. Post a great record against your Central foes, and there's a good chance you're coasting in April and not even worried about making the playoffs.

Divisional games are that important.

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'We feel great coming home': Stars look to bounce back against Wild

Veteran Marc Methot says 'there's no reason to panic' as confident Dallas opens a three-game homestand

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

At the start of Thursday's practice in Frisco, Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin was in his net without a goalie stick, waving his arms toward the bench trying to get someone's attention.

The Stars netminder was poking a little fun at what happened in the third period of Tuesday's game when his stick broke, and he frantically tried to get a new one, just before the Devils scored their third goal.

Like Tuesday, Khudobin never got his stick. This time it was planned, though, because at the other end of the ice, goaltender Ben Bishop was without his stick as well. As the first practice drill got underway, all the forwards and defensemen were handling the puck and shooting with their opposite hands.

It was a fun couple of minutes, but with a purpose, according to Stars coach Jim Montgomery.

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

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

by Staff Report @DallasStars / DallasStars.com

What you should know about Friday's game between the Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild:

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Heika: Patience, trust may be best solution to depth-scoring dilemma

The Stars believe they have enough in-house secondary talent to support their top line

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

I hesitate to even open this discussion, but what the heck, it's raining, there's no practice today, and I just watched some of last night's game in New Jersey.

OK, I agree with all of you that the Stars should be looking into depth scoring -- and I think they always are. They only have $1.5 million in cap space, but they have found ways to be creative in the past, so the guess is they talk about possible solutions every day.

That said, they also can still go about trying to fix this with in-house solutions. The Devils had some of the worst depth scoring in the league last year (and they still might), but they were fantastic on Tuesday because they executed coach John Hynes' system to a tee.

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