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Methot, Nichushkin to sit out for Stars against Devils

Montgomery says the defenseman and forward are dealing with soreness; Smith to make season debut

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- The Stars will make changes Tuesday night in the second game of a road back-to-back.

Coach Jim Montgomery said before the game that he will insert three players who were heathy scratches Monday in a 4-1 loss at Ottawa and take out a couple who are dealing with soreness.

Gemel Smith, Roope Hintz and Roman Polak will draw in against the New Jersey Devils, while Valeri Nichushkin, Jason Dickinson and Marc Methot will sit out. Montgomery said Nichushkin and Methot are dealing with soreness.

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AHL Report: Gurianov tallies four points in two games as Texas hits road

The forward notches two goals and two assists as the Stars pick up a point to open their first road trip

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Texas Stars hit the road for the first time this season over the weekend, rallying for one point in Iowa on Friday before suffering their first regulation loss of the season the next night in Rockford.

The Stars are 1-1-2 through the first four games of the season and will play at Grand Rapids Wednesday before returning to Cedar Park where they'll open a four-game homestand this weekend.

Forward Denis Gurianov had a good weekend for Texas, tallying four points (two goals, two assists) in two games.

Here's the latest on the AHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars.

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Rinky Dinking Podcast: Razor, Heika check in from Canada

The guys talk about the start to the Stars' season, how Monty is creating lineup chemistry and more

by Daryl Reaugh and Mike Heika / Rinky Dinking Podcast

Daryl "Razor" Reaugh and Mike Heika check in from north of the border in Ottawa, Ontario to talk about the Stars' high-flying start, Jason Spezza's return to the rink formerly known as Palladium and how head coach Jim Montgomery is working to create lineup chemistry. Plus, Razor ranks which arenas provide the best -- and worst -- perches to call a game from.

'Rinky Dinking' is also now available for download on Apple Podcasts and Spotify today.

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

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

by Staff Report @DallasStars / DallasStars.com

What you should know about Tuesday's game between the Dallas Stars and New Jersey:

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Klingberg scores, but Sens rally past Stars for 4-1 win

The goal ties the franchise mark for the longest season-opening point streak by a defenseman

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The first road game of the season for the Dallas Stars turned out to be a rough one.

The Stars got off to a good start and grabbed a 1-0 lead, but the Ottawa Senators stormed back for a 4-1 victory at Canadian Tire Centre on Monday night.

"I really liked our first period, but then I didn't like us after that," said Stars coach Jim Montgomery. "We didn't play with the same purpose."

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In a league where road success matters, Stars start off on wrong skate

While the 4-1 loss to the Senators isn't necessarily critical, positive results early would be a boon for Dallas

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

OTTAWA, Ontario -- Of all the lessons the Stars have learned in the past two seasons, it's that road record does matter in the NHL.

Dallas went 16-20-5 last season away from home and 12-24-5 the year before. It is bottom five over that span and has missed the playoffs both times. Heck, the Stars were darn near a franchise-best 26 wins as home last season and still fell short of the postseason.

So getting the road record back on track will be a huge task this season … and it started off on the wrong skate Monday.

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Montgomery, Stars 'excited' for first road test at Senators

Dallas will go with the forward lines that helped jump start Saturday's second-period offensive outburst

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

After opening the season with four straight games at home, the Dallas Stars play their first road game of the season tonight when they take on the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre. It will be the first of a two-game road trip for the Stars, who play at New Jersey on Tuesday night.

"I'm excited. I like coaching on the road because you can dictate a lot of the matchups and you can get your players out there," said Stars coach Jim Montgomery. "I am looking forward to putting out my lines and initiating. I like to coach on my toes, and I like the team to play on their toes.

"If we can initiate with who we want out on the ice, it's more like see if you can stop us. I like that kind of attitude."

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Heika: So you want to be a professional hockey player?

Through the highs and lows, life in the league is more of a high-wire act than a cakewalk

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Being a hockey player is a great job.

But it's also a tough job.

And, mostly, it is a job.

As much as you get a lot of money to play a game, you are an employee of not only a big company, but also part of a franchise of an even bigger company. Therefore, you have to comply with the expectations of your team, but also the rules of your league. You are part of a locker room that many want to call a family, but you are also part of a union that many want to call a brotherhood.

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

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

by Staff Report @DallasStars / DallasStars.com

What you should know about Monday's game between the Dallas Stars and Ottawa Senators:

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'Looking forward to better days,' Johns opens up about injury situation

The Stars defenseman has yet to play this season while battling post-traumatic headaches

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars defenseman Stephen Johns was on the ice Sunday morning in Frisco as the team held an optional practice before flying off to Ottawa to open a two-game road trip.

It was the second straight day on the ice with the team for Johns, who has yet to play this season due to post-traumatic headaches.

"It's just nice to be around the guys again," Johns said. "I've skated with a few of the guys a couple of times. I think that's been the hardest part of this whole process is being away from the team and the guys."

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