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Stars utilizing two-goalie schedule with both riding hot streaks

Braden Holtby and Jake Oettinger have been unbeatable as of late with the Stars riding a six-game winning streak

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

The instability of goaltending might be one of the most volatile chemistry equations in all of sports.

So, when the Stars decided to go with Braden Holtby Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes, there was a tendency to step back and grab the protective goggles.

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Heika's Take: Everything is starting to come together for the Stars

The offense has picked up, the goaltending has been solid and the team is finding ways to win

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

DALLAS -- When Roope Hintz was in a scoring slump earlier in the season, he said he always had confidence that he would come out of it.

On Tuesday, he proved just how confident he's been.

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Bowness, Holtby to reach significant milestones in key matchup vs. Canes

Rick Bowness will be behind the bench for his 2,500th career NHL game as an assistant or head coach while Braden Holtby makes his 500th career appearance in goal

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer
Stars (10-7-2, 22 points) vs. Hurricanes (15-4-1, 31 points)

7:30 p.m., American Airlines Center

TV: Bally Sports Southwest

Radio: The Ticket 96.7-FM, 1310-AM

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Hey Heika: Your long-awaited questions have been answered

From the stellar play of Jake Oettinger to potential moves at the deadline, Mike Heika delivers the goods in this detailed mailbag

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Howdy folks, it's nice to be back.

The early part of the season wasn't the time to have these interactions, as the negativity would've likely killed us all. However, we're riding a nice wave of virya (Buddhist term commonly translated as "energy", "diligence," or "enthusiasm"), so let's commune in the comfortable victory green cocoon that is Starsland.

Onto your questions:

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Heika's Take: Scrappy, resilient Stars keep their winning ways alive

A back-to-back, with travel, against a rested yet struggling Coyotes team posed a challenge for Dallas, but the boys in Victory Green found a way to get out with two points

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

The Stars' trip to the desert Friday was a grimy job.

Play the second night of a back-to-back, with travel, against a struggling Coyotes team that was rested and hungry. There's a lot in that mix, and what Dallas really needed was to come home with two points.

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Braden Holtby gets the start in Arizona as Stars close out back-to-back

The veteran netminder returned as a backup Friday and played 7:22 when Jake Oettinger left the game temporarily

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer
Stars (9-7-2, 20 points) vs. Coyotes (4-14-2, 10 points)

7 p.m., Gila River Arena

TV: Bally Sports Southwest Plus

Radio: The Ticket 96.7-FM, 1310-AM

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Heika's Take: With every win, the Stars' confidence grows

From Joe Pavelski to Jake Oettinger, Dallas is getting production from everyone in the lineup

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

DALLAS -- The two bookends to the Stars' 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche Friday night were particularly illuminating.

On one hand, you had 37-year-old forward Joe Pavelski scoring his 399th and 400th regular season goals of his NHL career in the span of 19 seconds in the first period - a pretty special moment in a run that started in 2006.

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'He's on top of his game': Jake Oettinger gets the start against Avs

The 22-year-old has been lights out this season, posting a 3-0-0 record with a 1.29 goals-against average and .955 save percentage

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer
Stars (8-7-2, 18 points) vs. Avalanche (10-5-1, 21 points)

6:30 p.m., American Airlines Center

TV: Bally Sports Southwest

Radio: The Ticket 96.7-FM, 1310-AM

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There's good defensemen, great defensemen and then there's Miro Heiskanen

The 22-year-old reached yet another level on Tuesday night when he totally shut down Connor McDavid

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Michael Raffl typically does things at full speed all the time.

So it was that in a recent practice in Frisco the first-year Stars player was on the giddy up and ready to blow down the left wing past Miro Heiskanen, with the obvious intent to either go wide and take it to the net or pass across to linemate Jamie Benn to set up a great scoring chance.

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Heika's Take: If Stars play like they did Tuesday, many wins will follow

Dallas executed its game plan to perfection and took down the soaring Oilers by a 4-1 score

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

DALLAS -- In a lot of ways, the Edmonton Oilers made things simple for the Stars Tuesday night.

Coming in with the two leading scorers in the NHL and the top-ranked power play, the Oilers were a fairly easy game plan for Dallas: Stay out of the penalty box and defend as a team.

Take advantage of your opportunities.

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