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Anticipation high, Winter Classic beginning to take shape for Stars

Dallas gets its first chance to truly imagine what outdoor hockey will look like at Cotton Bowl Stadium

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Gary Bettman joked when he was asked Wednesday if he ever imagined the Winter Classic coming to the Cotton Bowl.

"Oh sure," the NHL Commissioner quipped, "I knew it all along."

The uniqueness of playing an outdoor hockey game in a 90-year-old football stadium in Dallas, Texas was at the center of the discussion when the league held its official press conference to announce that ticket sales to the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic would begin on April 23.

The fact that the 12th NHL Winter Classic will be held in a southern venue with two teams who have never before played an outdoor game -- Dallas and Nashville -- is one of the reasons the game is happening.

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NHL Winter Classic® tickets to go on sale Tuesday, April 23

Fans interested in attending the Jan. 1, 2020 game at Cotton Bowl® Stadium can sign up for a special ticket presale

by Press Release @PR_NHL / NHL Public Relations

DALLAS -- The NHL announced today that tickets to the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Cotton Bowl Stadium between the Dallas Stars and the Nashville Predators will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, April 23. Fans can sign up for a ticket presale by clicking here.

Today's announcement was made at Cotton Bowl Stadium at an event attended by representatives from the NHL, NHLPA, Bridgestone, Dallas Fair Park, Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars, including captain Jamie Benn, forward Tyler Seguin, goaltender Ben Bishop and defensemen John Klingberg and Miro Heiskanen.

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Push for the Playoffs: Stars create separation in wild-card race

Dallas' chances of making the playoffs have increased to between 94 and 96 percent following Tuesday's win

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars' push for the playoffs took steps forward Tuesday night with the 4-2 win over Florida. The Stars kept pace with St. Louis in the race for third place in the Central Division and created more separation from the teams chasing them in the wild-card race.

The Stars' chances of making the playoffs increased to between 94 to 96 percent, depending on whose numbers you look at today.

The win over Florida kept the Stars two points behind St. Louis for the third spot in the Central. The Blues, who won 7-2 over Edmonton Tuesday, and the Stars both have nine games remaining.

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Reinforcements on way for Texas Stars' final playoff push

2018 first-round pick Dellandrea and other prospects are slated to join Dallas' AHL affiliate

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Texas Stars are getting reinforcements this week.

The Dallas Stars signed center Rhett Gardner, defense Joe Cecconi, and right wing Josh Melnick to entry-level contracts and all three are joining Texas on amateur tryouts. Also, Dallas assigned center Ty Dellandrea, the team's first-round pick in 2018, to Texas.

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Big third period from big line gives Stars much-needed win

When Dallas sought an answer for Florida, Benn, Seguin and Radulov came through in an inspiring way

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

The Dallas Stars wanted a win Tuesday night.

That's nothing new, really, they want a win every night.

But they have put themselves in a situation where they sort of need wins now. In the middle of a five-game homestand, they started out with two losses. With a tough four-game road trip through Western Canada looming, they didn't need another defeat.

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5 things to know: Stars' big three leads charge in win over Panthers

Benn, Seguin and Radulov combine for three goals and seven assists as Dallas secures two big points

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Radulov pots one-timer

FLA@DAL: Radulov finishes off pretty passing play

Jamie Benn makes a great move around a defender and feeds Alexander Radulov, who one-times the puck into the net to put the Stars ahead

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The Dallas Stars secured a big two points in the Western Conference playoff race Tuesday night, knocking off the Florida Panthers, 4-2, at American Airlines Center.

Alexander Radulov scored two goals, including the game-winner, and chipped in an assist as well. Jamie Benn recorded one goal and two assists, Tyler Seguin tallied four assists, and John Klingberg also scored.

Ben Bishop stopped 20 shots for the Stars, who improved to 38-29-6-82 points to stay within two points of third place in the Central Division and move five points ahead of ninth place in the Western Conference.

Here are five things from Tuesday's game.

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Stars adding skill, depth with recent signings through organization

As Dallas stocks young scorers in its pipeline, the results could be seen quickly at the AHL level

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Slowly, but surely, the Stars are adding young scorers to their lineup -- and the results could be seen fairly quickly at the AHL level.

Dallas on Tuesday announced the signings of college players Rhett Gardner, Joseph Cecconi and Josh Melnick, and also the assignment for 2018 first-round draft pick Ty Dellandrea to the Texas Stars. All four could be in the lineup within the next two or three games.

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Bishop returns, Spezza scratched for Stars against Panthers

The goaltender will start after missing two games with an injury, franchise-record shutout streak at 230:53 and counting

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Ben Bishop will be back in goal tonight when the Dallas Stars take on the Florida Panthers at American Airlines Center (7:30 p.m. CT; FS-SW; KTCK).

The Stars netminder returns after missing the last two games with a lower-body injury.

Bishop was on a roll before he went out with the injury and comes into tonight's game riding a franchise-record shutout streak of 230:53, the 25th longest in NHL history. He hasn't allowed a goal since late in the second period of the March 2 game in St. Louis.

Bishop hasn't missed a lot of time, so the hope is he can pick up where he left off.

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Stars sign three players to entry-level contracts

Gardner, Cecconi and Melnick will report to Texas of the AHL on amateur tryouts for the remainder of the season

by Press Release @DallasStars /

FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed center Rhett Gardner and defenseman Joseph Cecconi to two-year, entry-level contracts, and has signed right wing Josh Melnick to a one-year, entry-level contract, each beginning in 2019-20. Additionally, Gardner, Cecconi and Melnick will report to the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League on amateur tryouts for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.

The club also assigned center Ty Dellandrea to the Texas Stars (AHL). Dellandrea, 18, spent the 2018-19 campaign with the Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and led the club with 63 points (22-41=63) in 60 games. Over three seasons with Flint, the forward has amassed 146 points (62-84=146) in 184 games. The 6-foot-1, 190 pound center from Toronto, Ontario was selected by the Stars in the first round (13th overall) of the 2018 NHL Draft.

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Zuccarello expected to travel, practice with Stars on next road trip

The forward has been sidelined with a broken arm since blocking a shot in his Dallas debut on Feb. 24

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Tuesday will be three weeks since Stars forward Mats Zuccarello underwent surgery for a broken arm suffered at Chicago on Feb. 24. Zuccarello, who was expected to miss at least four weeks from the time of the surgery, has an upcoming appointment with the doctor and if all goes well, he is expected to hit the road with the Stars when they begin a four-game trip next week.

"We expect him and (Tyler) Pitlick (wrist surgery) to come on the trip and as they progress they will get back in the lineup," Stars coach Jim Montgomery said Monday.

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