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Can Stars channel Radulov's energy in right direction?

Executing with missing pieces is hard, but mixing in the nuclear reactor that is the winger changes Dallas' formula

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

In hopes of controlling the swirling ball of chaos their team has become, the Stars on Monday dropped in a concentrated pill of more chaos.

And in this Marvel Universe season, it kind of worked.

Stan Lee would have been proud.

With a defense held together by salvaged parts from a potato gun and a Dora the Explorer wristwatch, the Stars added an explosive mix to the picture in the person of Alexander Radulov. Like an electric surge of Avenger energy, Radulov helped the Stars look a little more like themselves.

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Stars' power play 'discombobulated' in loss to Columbus

Dallas can't generate much on four man-advantage opportunities, falling 2-1 to the Blue Jackets

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars' power play started the season on fire, but it's gone cold the last four weeks -- and Monday night, it proved costly. The Stars misfired on four power-play opportunities in a 2-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at American Airlines Center.

"This was not the result we wanted," said Stars forward Alexander Radulov. "We weren't good on the power play, and that basically cost us points."

The Stars had three chances on the power play in the first period with a chance to take the lead in the game, but they managed just one shot on goal. Meanwhile, the Blue Jackets were able to get off three shorthanded shots on the three Dallas power plays and then cashed in on their first power play of the game to take a 1-0 lead early in the second.

The Stars had another power play late in the third with a chance to tie the game, but they were unable to get a shot on goal.

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Must see: Derek Holland dresses as referee for Stars-Blue Jackets

The former Rangers lefty hilariously cheers on both teams in an official NHL black-and-white striped top

by Staff Report @DallasStars / DallasStars.com

In attendance for Monday night's game between the Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets, former Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland donned a must-see -- and hilarious -- look.

No, the Ohio native didn't play favorites between his home-state Blue Jackets or the Stars. Instead, the left-hander went with something much more neutral: An official, NHL black-and-white striped referee uniform.

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Shore injured during Stars' game against Blue Jackets

The forward will receive an MRI on Tuesday and is expected to miss 7-10 days with a lower-body injury

by Staff Report @DallasStars / DallasStars.com

Devin Shore sustained a lower-body injury during Monday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets and is expected to miss the next 7-10 days, head coach Jim Montgomery said following the Stars' 2-1 loss. He will have an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity of the issue.

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Energy shot: With Radulov back, Stars to reunite 'Big Three' on top line

Polak returns on defense, Khudobin in goal as Dallas looks for a series split with Columbus

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

With Alexander Radulov back in the lineup for the Dallas Stars, coach Jim Montgomery will reunite the top line of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, and Radulov for tonight's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at American Airlines Center.

That top line hasn't had much opportunity to play together over the past few weeks with Radulov missing 10 of the past 11 games due to a lower-body injury. The last time Benn, Seguin, and Radulov began a game on the same line was Oct. 16 in New Jersey.

"The plan is to put the big line back together," Montgomery said. "I am sure that will energize all three of them and energize the team."

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Gleason just happy to be 'one of those lucky kids' in NHL

The last-second call-up impressed coaches in a whirlwind debut, and that's a good thing for the 20-year-old blueliner

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

One thing seems pretty clear in the NHL -- every coach wants to win every game.

When you understand that fact, you can read a few things in about players and how they are treated.

Take Ben Gleason, for example. Probably the 11th man on the Stars depth chart of defenseman, Gleason took advantage of a rare opportunity Saturday. Called up because of injuries to four Stars defensemen and an illness by Roman Polak, Gleason drove three hours to make his NHL debut, and killed it.

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

Find out when and how to catch Dallas' game against Columbus 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 Columbus Blue Jackets:

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Radulov to return for Stars against Blue Jackets

The energetic forward has missed 10 of the last 11 games because of a lower-body injury

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The Dallas Stars held a short practice at StarCenter Frisco on Sunday morning. Not everybody was on the ice, but a couple of the guys on the team's long injury list were, and there was some positive news on that front.

Forward Alexander Radulov will return on Monday night when the Stars take on the Columbus Blue Jackets at American Airlines Center (7:30 p.m. CT; FS-SW+; KTCK) , and there is a good chance Brett Ritchie will be back as well.

The status of defenseman Roman Polak is still unclear, but the Stars believe he could be ready, too.

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Feel-good loss? Though OT defeat 'stings,' Stars find silver linings

The result wasn't a storybook ending, but it might be a game Dallas looks back on and says, 'This is where it started'

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

I'm a sucker for schmaltz.

Especially sports schmaltz.

So when Jason Spezza scurried to pick up the puck that was the first NHL goal for Denis Gurianov Saturday, the wheels were turning in my head. Here's a grizzled veteran who is being honored for playing in his 1,000th game understanding just what this moment means to a young player. While Bobby Orr and Don Cherry and Sidney Crosby congratulate Spezza with messages on the video board and highlights are played from his career, the 35-year-old is tending to the history of the game.

C'mon, they make movies about this stuff.

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Banged-up Stars earn point in OT loss to Predators

Dallas can't hold its two-goal lead in the third period as Nashville storms back to stay perfect on the road

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

The banged-up Dallas Stars couldn't grind out a win Saturday afternoon, but they did pick up one point against the top team in the Western Conference, falling 5-4 in overtime to the Nashville Predators at American Airlines Center.

But it was a tough loss for the Stars, who had a 3-1 lead going into the third period, saw the Predators tie the game on a power-play goal in the final minute, and then win after the Stars couldn't cash in on a 4-on-3 power play in overtime.  

Just after the Stars misfired on the power play in OT, Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm, who had been in the penalty box, took a cross-ice pass from Kyle Turris and scored from the left circle at the 2:27 mark.

"It's a disappointing loss for us -- I thought we deserved a better fate," said Stars center Jason Spezza. "That one stings a little bit for sure."

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