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Game Preview: Flames vs Dallas Stars

Every game is important for the Flames at this point but tonight’s contest against the Stars is pretty much their season. This will be the second of four meetings between the clubs with the Stars taking the first meeting on Feb. 16th 3-2 in overtime. That meeting sent the two teams on two separate paths. Before that February meeting, the Flames held a 3 point lead over the Stars but with a 2-3-3 stretch, the Flames now find themselves 4 points back of the Stars for the 8th and final playoff spot. The Stars have been red hot since then going 6-1-2 and are current on a six game point streak (5-0-1). Make note this game is a 4 pm start.

Stars look to keep rolling in Edmonton

It seems as if the Stars' season has been totally turned around in the last few games. They have taken 9 out of a possible 10 points in their last 5 games, which included wins over Montreal, Chicago, Minnesota and Vancounver, as well as a shootout loss in a thrilling encounter at the American Airlines Center against the Penguins.

The run of some sublime performances has lead to Dallas getting back into the playoff picture as they currently occupy eighth place in the Western Conference. Dallas' season was slowly stalling, but over the course of the winning streak they showed huge levels of intensity, passion and unity whilst playing some great hockey.

A surging Stars si...

Ryder Renaissance

Life was more than good for Michael Ryder after this past summer. Posting a career high in all categories during the Boston Bruins' playoff run of destiny, and winning the Stanley Cup in the process, Ryder found himself as a valuable asset for the highest bidder over the summer.

Too bad that the "highest bidder" had to look back over the past few seasons and see a few amazing seasons followed by a stretch of several subpar seasons where Ryder fell off his game completely. The Dallas Stars ended up bidding $3.5 million for the capable scoring forward that they so desperately needed.

Ryder and his agent...

Cloudy Future

A 2-0 deficit against the Vancouver Canucks, the best road team in the entire league, can be rather daunting for any team in the league this season. However, the Dallas Stars found a way to not only tie it late, but win the game in overtime on a thrilling goal from Loui Eriksson.

The Stars, early on in the trading season, looked to establish themselves as sellers. As predicted, Nicklas Grossman was shipped to the Flyers, but I figured they could figure out a plan to grab a forward from the Flyers because they have so many. Instead, the ever-shrewd Paul Holmgren sent draft picks. Flyers won that deal, let's move on.

So what's next?

The Stars' playoff hopes are fading

Heading into the 2011-12 campaign, not many Stars fans were sure of what lied ahead for their team with Brad Richards departing to New York and a rookie coach occupying the bench. With 59 games in the book, the inconsistent Stars currently sit tenth in the Western Conference and with time ticking, playoff hopes are slowly fading into the distance.

It has been a very frustrating season for Dallas supporters this season as the Stars look like a team with so much potential but have struggled to transfer that potential into points. Inconsistency has hurt the Stars throughout the season. To give you the picture, Dallas demolished the defending champions Boston in Texas, yet conceded 5 in...

Flyers Trade Picks for Grossman

Around 5:45 p.m., Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reported that the Philadelphia Flyers traded a second round pick in this year's draft and a third round pick in the 2013 draft to the Dallas Stars in exchange for defenseman Nicklas Grossman.

The defenseman comes with a $1.65 million cap hit.

Game Day Preview 02/16/12: Flames vs Stars

With the first of four games starting tonight, the Flames and the Stars both compete for one of the final playoff spots in the Western Conference.

Wings make history in near-perfect fashion

The Red Wings can downplay it all they want, but last night was one for the ages.

The Wings did, what nobody has been able to accomplish in NHL, win 21 consecutive games on home ice.

"We're thrilled this has happened for our team," coach Mike Babcock said. "I think it's really good for our logo, it's really good for our ownership, our team. I'm proud of the guys. They've worked hard and now let's get on with it."

What originally seemed to look like a potentially close match up, was handled with a bit of dominance on the part of the Wings. The first stat to look at is the penalties, where the Wings only had three of ten total in...

Deadline Reality Check: Defensemen

Like every other fan, I'll throw out a crazy trade possibility or nine this time of year. As hockey fans, it's typical to lose rationality in the month leading up to deadline day, an unofficial holiday in my book. 

As Red Wings fans, this tendency is even stronger due to past deadline deals that brought Hall of Famers such as Chelios to Hockeytown. The salary cap era has stifled Ken Holland's freewheeling deals but with the Wings sitting atop the standings with over $5 million in cap space, many think a big splash is coming.

I think the Wings are going to make a lot of noise... in the summer, especially if Lidstrom and Holmstrom retire an...

Selling Stars?

About two weeks remain until General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk has to come up with a plan. Are the Stars sellers, or are they buyers at the trade deadline? Several trade chips are on the table that teams could covet, such as Sheldon Souray, Nicklas Grossman, and even captain Brenden Morrow.

That last possibility is a rather interesting piece of information to digest, but no team is safe from trading their captain. Look no further than this summer when Flyers' captain Mike Richards was traded away to La-La Land. The Stars could get a good return on Morrow, but is it worth it? Additionally, Morrow has a no-trade-clause. A trade would hinge on him w...