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Blackhawks at Stars: Game Preview

CHI@DAL- Game Preview

7:00pm CST

The Chicago Blackhawks are back on track and ready to perform tonight in Dallas against the Stars for the second time this season.

The Hawks prevented a three game skid on Thursday night, taking the shootout win over the stellar looking Blue Jackets 2-1 to end the Chicago/Columbus series.

The Blackhawks (22-2-3) brought up big Jimmy Hayes to fill the 2nd line spot left empty by Patrick Sharp and his shoulder injurt that will have him off the ice another 2-3 weeks. Hayes filled the position well, but more importantly the solid 3rd and 4th lines were restored to early season form and Johnny Oduya notched his first goal of the season.<...

Habs Ship Erik Cole To Dallas For Mature Ryder, Cap Flexibility

 

On Tuesday evening, we finally saw the big differences between the current Montreal Canadians administration, and the ones that fans had been subjected to over the last decade. As most of you were probably driving home from work, the team announced a trade which would send Erik Cole to the Dallas Stars in exchange for former Hab Michael Ryder (Cole waived his no-trade clause to complete the deal). At a glance, a lot of people probably cringed at the thought of Ryder returning to his old stomping grounds, because much like Michel Therrien, he represents the old guard, maybe even everything that had been wrong with this organization. But when you delve a little further into i...

Game Preview: Flames vs Dallas Stars

The Flames will host the Dallas Stars for the first and only time this season as they hope to get things on track after a less than stellar first ten games of the season. The Stars come into the Saddledome tonight, on the backend of a back-to-back after beating the Oilers 4-1 last night in Edmonton.

Blackhawks rally past Stars; remain undefeated

 

Marian Hossa scored his fifth goal of the season in the form of an overtime game-winner as the Chicago Blackhawks rallied from two goals down to defeat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Thursday night. Hossa’s goal came on Chicago’s seventh power play of the night off a beautiful behind-the-back backhand feed from Patrick Kane, pushing the team’s record to a league-best 4-0-0.

For a while it looked as though Chicago might not be able to solve Dallas net-minder Kari Lehtonen, as the Finnish-born former Thrasher frustrated one attempt after another from the Blackhawks as they outshot the Stars 12-6 in the first period to no avail.

Compounding matters was Dal...

Game Preview: Blackhawks in Dallas

January 24, 2013

7:30PM

CHI @ DAL (GAME PREVIEW)

 

The undefeated Chicago Blackhawks are back on the road to defend their perfect season start.  For the first time in 40 years, the Hawks have a 3 - 0 - 0 record, and the Dallas Stars are gearing up to try and take that streak away.  

 

But it won’t be easy for the Stars to shine on Thur...

Kari Lehtonen Signs 5 Year Extension

According to the Dallas Stars' official Twitter account, goaltender Kari Lehtonen has signed a five year extension worth $29.5 million. This extension will take Lehtonen up to the 2017-18 season with a cap hit of $5.9 million per season.

The native of Helsinki, Finland, signed a three year extension upon arrival from Dallas, and one year remains. Under the current CBA, players must wait until there is at least one year remaining on a contract to sign an extension. The current CBA expires at midnight tomorrow.

With the Stars, Lehtonen has posted a 72-50-15 record along with a 2.56 goals against average and a .915 save percentage over 140 games. GM Joe Nieuwendyk believes th...

Where Are They Now? Mark Parrish

Where is that big-bodied forward that played for the Islanders in the early 2000’s?

Where is that forward that used to be part of the 7’s line with Michael Peca and Shawn Bates?

Where is Mark Parrish?

Dallas Stars Season Preview

Finally, the Dallas Stars have financial freedom. Tom Gaglardi has given GM Joe Nieuwendyk the ability to spend money—and did he ever. He dished out pretty good money to sign some free agents, and pick up a few assets over the summer. Let's take a look at what happened after another heartbreaking season.

In with the new:
Jaromir Jagr - one year, $4.5 million
Ray Whitney - two years, $9 million
Derek Roy -  acquired in Ott trade
Cody Eakin - acquired in Ribeiro trade
Aaron Rome - three years, $4.5 million

Out with the old:
Sheldon Souray - to Anaheim
Mike Ribeiro - to Was...

Stars Avoid Arbitration Hearings

Both Mark Fistric and Richard Bachman will not be headed to arbitration hearings, as both players signed one year deals with the Dallas Stars. Bachman signed a one-way deal worth $625,000, meaning his tenure as the backup has been assured. Fistric's deal is worth $1.45 million, according to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.

Both of these deals signify low risk, high reward type contracts. Andrew Raycroft is (thankfully) out of the picture making way for Bachman to step into the backup role. Kari Lehtonen has one year left on his deal until he becomes a UFA, so both Lehtonen and Bachman will expire at the same time.

Fistric's signing locks up a solid group of defen...

Derek Roy Undergoes Shoulder Surgery

The Stars have suffered a bit of a setback, as Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reported that newly-acquired center Derek Roy suffered a shoulder injury that required surgery. This injury will leave Roy out of the lineup until November.

This may come as no surprise to those who followed Roy in Buffalo, as he suffered a shoulder injury in 2009, a few upper-body injuries in 2010, and a quadriceps injury to finish his season in 2011. The arms and upper body seem to be the issue of interest for the 29-year-old.

Roy's injury will leave him out for the first month of the season. This may not be a problem because of the ongoing Collective Bargaining Agreement talks between t...