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Benn, Radulov in lineup as Stars face Panthers in Oklahoma

Tonight's contest is the first NHL preseason game in Tulsa since 1978 when the St. Louis Blues faced the Atlanta Flames

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars held an optional skate this morning in Frisco as they prepared to take on the Florida Panthers tonight at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

This will be the third preseason game for the Stars, who are 2-0-0 so far after a 5-3 win over St. Louis on Tuesday in Dallas and a 3-1 victory in Minnesota on Thursday.

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'No one wants to play against him': Faksa's reputation growing with Stars

Coming off a career year, the two-way center's evolution hasn't gone unnoticed around the league

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Add center Radek Faksa to the list of Dallas Stars players who are excited about what they have seen in the first week under new head coach Jim Montgomery.

"It's good for sure," said Faksa. "The practices are hard, good pace. Everyone works hard. All the guys are hungry, excited to play. It's nice to be back."

And Faksa is on board with the style of play the new Dallas bench boss is trying to implement.

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Stars look to raise 'competitive levels' at Wild

Anton Khudobin and Colton Point will split time in goal as Dallas plays its second exhibition game

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

After rolling out some of their big guns in Tuesday's preseason opener against St. Louis, the Dallas Stars will go with a different looking lineup for Thursday night's exhibition game in Minnesota.

Still plenty of NHL players, but with a few more younger players as Stars coach Jim Montgomery and his staff try to get players up to speed on the team's style of play.

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Jason Spezza helps Stars rally past Blues in preseason opener

The veteran center nets the winning goal late and Ben Bishop shines in his first game back in Dallas' 5-3 victory

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars opened their 2018 preseason schedule with a 5-3 win over the St. Louis Blues at American Airlines Center on Tuesday night. Jason Spezza scored the winning goal, putting the Stars ahead 4-3 at the 7:03 mark of the third period.

"It was a little bit sloppy, which is to be expected with the first exhibition game," Spezza said. "It was nice to get a win and show some resiliency."

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Back to work: Stars open preseason schedule against Blues

Ben Bishop is expected to play the first half in net; Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov on the top line

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars open their seven-game preseason schedule tonight, taking on the St. Louis Blues at American Airlines Center. The Stars' first exhibition game follows a three-day training camp in Boise, Idaho.

"I am looking for us to get better. Every day we want to see improvement," said coach Jim Montgomery, who will be behind the bench for his first preseason game as Dallas bench boss. "After reviewing (Sunday's) scrimmage we weren't particularly happy with a lot of areas of our game, so tonight we are just looking to get better in a lot of areas to build momentum."

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Keeping it fresh: Montgomery, Stars show willingness to mix things up

The first-year coach gives a potential look into his strategy in Dallas' scrimmage, testing new combinations

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

BOISE, Idaho -- After two days of running consistent lines and defense pairs at training camp, Dallas Stars coach Jim Montgomery made some changes for Sunday's Victory Green-White Scrimmage at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho.

"We're going to move people around a lot," Montgomery said. "My history is you'll see a lot of combinations. I want people to play with different people, so when you see it in a game, especially towards the end of the year and in the playoffs, they don't see it as a panic move but just something that I do."

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In laying Stars' foundation, communication key with Jim Montgomery

The new head coach got players on board with his program early, including making a summer trip to Europe

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

BOISE, Idaho -- Stars coach Jim Montgomery is big on communication. That's been evident the first two days of training camp in Boise, Idaho with players noting that he has been crystal clear in explaining how he wants his team to play.

"That's good feedback," Montgomery said with a smile. "It's good to hear that the players think I have good clarity"

And his positivity and passion in laying out his plan both on and off the ice has been creating some excitement among the players.

"He's pumped," said defenseman Esa Lindell, "and we're pumped to go."

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'I think this could work': Stars embrace Jim Montgomery's style of play

The new Dallas coach begins implementing his system on Day 1 of camp in Boise, Idaho

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

BOISE, Idaho -- Day One of Dallas Stars training camp is in the books at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho, and it was a day of pace and instruction as new head coach Jim Montgomery began the process of getting players up to speed on how he wants them to play.

"It was a fun practice, a lot of new stuff," said forward Mattias Janmark.

"It was great, it was a lot of fun," said forward Devin Shore. "The speed was really good; everyone was working really hard to show their best out there."

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Five storylines to follow during Stars training camp

From the opening of 'Camp Monty' to Val Nichushkin's return, the team heads to Boise with plenty to talk about

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dallas Stars training camp gets underway Friday and along with it comes the sense of optimism that the regular season is just around the corner. The past fades into the rear-view mirror, and it's time to look ahead.

It's a new season and a fresh start.

After making some big splashes in the offseason in previous years, the Stars were relatively quiet this summer. No flashy signings, no flashy trades. There was some quality time in the rumor mill though, and the rumors and speculation continue to pop up now and then.

But the Stars made some tweaks to the lineup, are counting on some youth, and the big change came behind the bench where Jim Montgomery will take over after establishing himself as one of the top coaches in college hockey at the University of Denver.

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Shining bright: Which Stars prospects stood out in Traverse City?'s Mark Stepneski gives his take on how the team's blossoming players fared at the tournament

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- The Dallas Stars closed out the NHL Prospect Tournament with a 7-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, securing fifth place with a 2-1-1 record.

Defenseman Ben Gleason scored two goals and forwards Tony Calderone, Brett Davis, and Sam Laberge all chipped in with one goal and one assist. Goaltender Anthony Popovich stopped 35 of 38 shots.

The Stars rested several top players including defenseman Miro Heiskanen, center Roope Hintz, and goaltender Colton Point.

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