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Stuck amid logjam of bubble teams, Stars focused on climbing out

Yes, things have been rough, but Dallas is still in a playoff spot and has control of its own destiny

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

The Stars were walking along a sandy beach not so long ago, enjoying the sun and a 5-1-1 cocktail; pondering just how good life can be in the NHL when you win a few games.

But then, just like that, their foot slipped into the edge of a swamp, and they found it difficult to keep from sliding in. There was a 2-1 loss at Philadelphia, and then a 3-1 loss to the Blues. As the team tried to scramble out of the muck, it was met with a 2-0 setback against the Lightning, and finally a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Kings.

It was a scary series of events, and now Dallas sits firmly in the swamp that is the playoff bubble in the Western Conference. Heading into Friday's game, five teams were separated by two points. If the playoffs started today, the Stars would be one of two teams to make the postseason. However, if they slip back further, then the horrifying thought of another missed playoff would loom.

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Nichushkin, Pitlick out for Stars with upper-body injuries

Both forwards will miss Saturday's game against the Jets; Gurianov called up from Texas of the AHL

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Forwards Tyler Pitlick and Valeri Nichushkin did not practice Friday at American Airlines Center, and both will be out tomorrow when the Dallas Stars take on the Winnipeg Jets at American Airlines Center.

Pitlick did play in the third period of Thursday night's game against Los Angeles after taking a big hit from Kings forward Dustin Brown late in the second period and suffering an upper-body injury.

"I don't know who hit him, but it was the big hit he took behind the net," Stars coach Jim Montgomery said.

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

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

by Staff Report @DallasStars /

What you should know about Saturday's game between the Dallas Stars and Winnipeg Jets:

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Stars recall right wing Denis Gurianov from Texas

The 21-year-old has 11 goals and 20 assists in 29 games with Dallas' AHL affiliate

by Press Release @DallasStars /

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

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Stars announce naming rights agreement for StarCenters

The multi-year deal gives Children's Health naming rights to StarCenters throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex

by Press Release @DallasStars /

FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Stars today announced a multi-year agreement that will give Children's Health (SM) naming rights to StarCenters throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. In addition to the naming rights, Children's Health will also be the Official Pediatric and Pediatric Orthopedic Care Provider of the Dallas Stars.

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Stars, Comerica Bank announce naming rights agreement for Comerica Center

The Comerica Center complex includes the Stars' practice facility, executive offices and 6,000-seat arena

by Press Release @DallasStars /

FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Stars and Comerica Bank announced today an expanded multi-year partnership that will make the financial services company the naming rights partner for Comerica Center, the Stars' campus in Frisco, Texas.

The Comerica Center complex includes the practice facility of the Stars, the executive offices for the team's business and hockey operations, and a recently renovated 6,000 seat arena. The new deal includes an extension of the current partnership agreement between the two entities through the 2023-24 NHL season.

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5 things to know: Offensive woes continue as Stars fall to Kings

Dallas, which dropped a 2-1 decision to Los Angeles, has scored just three goals during its four-game losing skid

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars edged at home by Kings, 2-1

DAL Recap: Lindell scores late in 2-1 defeat to Kings

Esa Lindell scored the Stars' lone goal on a deflection late in the 3rd period in a 2-1 loss at home to the Kings

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The Dallas Stars saw their losing streak hit four games as they fell to the Los Angeles Kings, 2-1, at American Airlines Center on Thursday night.

The Stars got off to a slow start against the Kings, and struggled for the first two periods, falling behind 2-0. Despite a strong effort in the third, they were not able to overcome the deficit.

Dallas, which has lost five of six games, dropped to 23-21-4 on the season. Esa Lindell scored the lone goal for the Stars. Former Dallas goaltender Jack Campbell stopped 29 of 30 shots in his first start against his old team.

Here are five things from Thursday's game.

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After another loss, what will it take to get Stars back in gear?

Dallas players have received pretty much every form of motivation this season, and now have to find a way to respond

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

There's a great scene in the movie "Little Big League" where 12-year-old manager Billy Heywood reminds the Minnesota Twins exactly who they are.

"Maybe the problem is you guys forgot how much fun this is," Heywood said in a pivotal scene of the 1994 film where he inherits the baseball team from his grandpa and then names himself manager. "You're major leaguers. I mean, you're on baseball cards. What could be better? Don't you understand? You guys get to play baseball every day. You get to go to Yankee Stadium and play in the same outfield as Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle. You get to go to Fenway Park, step into the same batter's box as Ted Williams."

It's a great moment of realization for the Twins, who regain their path and become a winning team again.

If only the Stars could have that kind of moment this season. If only they had a reminder of just how lucky they are.

Oh wait, they did … just Wednesday.

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Nichushkin out as Stars aim to end skid against Kings

Dickinson returns from back injury, Bishop in net as Dallas looks for its first win of the homestand

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars will make a few lineup changes tonight as they set their sights on ending a three-game skid when they take on the Los Angeles Kings at American Airlines Center (7:30 p.m. CT; FS-SW; KTCK).

As expected, forward Jason Dickinson will come back into the lineup tonight after missing the past eleven games with a back injury. Dickinson will center the team's second line with recently acquired Andrew Cogliano on the left wing and Jason Spezza on the right.

"Excited. Ready to go," Dickinson said after this morning's skate at the AAC. "It's been a long three weeks, but I am ready to go."

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'We will remember this forever': Stars make McDuffie's wish come true

The Make-A-Wish game for the 10-year-old brings together the Stars' hockey community and provides lasting inspiration

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

In a lot of ways, it was the most exciting hockey game of the year.

Fans jammed into the practice rink at StarCenter Frisco and pressed up against the glass. Stars players wore game sweaters and smiles. And Anderson McDuffie and his team of buddies had full uniforms and looks of determination.

It was a wish come true.

McDuffie is 10. He has already had two open heart surgeries and he has become a huge fan of hockey, despite his challenges. So when he was asked what he would like if he could have any wish, he said he wanted his friends to play a game against his favorite team, the Dallas Stars.

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