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Stars look to bounce back against Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets (9-22-5) travel to the American Airlines Center tonight to take on the Dallas Stars (20-14-1) in a Western Conference match up. Columbus comes into the game sat rock bottom of the NHL whilst the Dallas Stars are looking for two points to try and solidify a spot in the playoff picture.

Columbus and Dallas have already met twice this season in which the Stars took the points on both occasions. Dallas' new owner Tom Galardi has brought in a new $9 a ticket deal to try and boost crowd numbers, which have been poor of late. The new deal has definitely had an impact at the AAC as crowd numbers have increased as well as the atmosphere to cheer on the players. ...

Bachman's recent success brings reward

When Kari Lehtonen limped towards the locker rooms in November, Stars fans were very concerned about what would happen to their results without him. With a very inconsistent Andrew Raycroft waiting in the wings to steal the spotlight, the Stars really needed to find a goalie that would see them through the tough period without Lehtonen.

The Stars had to give Raycroft a try for a few games but he struggled a lot and showed that he wasn’t capable of taking on the starting role successfully. This lead to a lot of fans demanding him to be replaced by Richard Bachman, who had been playing pretty well for the Texas Stars in the AHL. Bachman stole the headlines with a shu...

Nystrom Finds Redemption

Coming into the 2011-12 season, then-Minnesota Wild forward Eric Nystrom had plenty to prove. The son of four-time Stanley Cup-winning Bobby Nystrom, "Mr. Islander" himself, had underachieved in his career, and had never found a fit with any of his linemates. He found himself off to an aggressive start in the preseason—however, that aggression put him into hot water.

In a preseason game against the Edmonton Oilers, the puck was cleared down the ice by Clayton Stoner, and Nystrom carelessly tangled up with Edmonton's rookie defenseman Taylor Fedun, subsequently breaking Fedun...

Blues see off resurgent Stars

It was a first period struggle for the Stars, as they looked tired and showed poor puck retention early on. With just over eight minutes gone they found themselves one goal down as Chris Stewart squeezed one past Richard Bachman from a very tight angle to register a powerplay goal for the Blues. St.Louis dominated the first frame in front of a loud crowd at the Scottrade Center. The Stars would have been pleased to hear the buzzer to end the first frame after recording just five shots on Jaroslav Halak.

Whatever Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan said to his men in the changing room it definitely had an impact as the Stars came out a different team with more speed and physicality to their g...

Stars look to improve road form in St.Louis.

The Dallas Stars (20-13-1) travel to the Scottrade Center tonight to take on the St.Louis Blues (20-10-4) in what should be a great contest as the Stars look to make the stop spot in the Pacific theirs with a win. Dallas will also be looking to record their 100th win against the Blues in NHL hockey.

The Stars come into the game following a comprehensive five goal to three victory over the tired Nashville Predators in Texas on Friday night, behind 34 saves by the very impressive rookie Richard Bachman. Despite the Stars main goaltender Kari Lehtonen's return being just around the corner after a groin injury, Bachman gets the start tonight as he looks to carry on his impressive st...

Flyers-Stars Gameday: The Return of Giroux?

Times have been tough for the Philadelphia Flyers.

After losing almost two lines worth of players and dropping two-consecutive games following a seven-game winning streak, the team has hit a rough patch.

However, things may start to brighten up for the down on their luck club.

During the team’s practice on Tuesday, it was reported that Claude Giroux was taking regular shifts with Jaromir Jagr and Scott Hartnell.

Some have even gone as far as to say that he may be in the lineup as early as tonight.

Bachman Steals the Crease

Richard Bachman has given Stars faithful relief (AP Photo)

In an earlier blog, I pointed to Andrew Raycroft to save the Stars from Kari Lehtonen's unfortunate run-in with the Injury Ninja. I paid no mind to the man being called up from the struggling Texas Stars, Richard Bachman. After a couple of pretty solid stints in the AHL, it was him that recieved the stick tap to the NHL.

Raycroft struggled a bit before finally being replaced with Bachman. A gutsy move by coach Glen Gulutzan, especially after Raycroft was shellacked by the San Jose Sharks. The Stars have not been on their game, ...

Isles Get Star Struck, Lose 3-2 To Dallas

The Islanders inability to score with the man-advantage and stay out of the penalty box would be the story for tonight's 3-2 loss to the visiting Dallas Stars. The Isles were 0-3 on the power play, two of which came at crucial moments where they needed to tie the game. Throw in their continuous trips to the sin bin and you have yourself a recipe for a poorly played hockey game.

Battle of the Best in the West

Just over eight months ago, the Minnesota Wild made all the difference in the world to the Chicago Blackhawks.

On the afternoon of April 10th, the Blackhawks lost at home to the Detroit Red Wings in game 82 of their season. Although the Blackhawks held a 2-point lead over the Dallas Stars in the standings, everybody - from the fans right through to the players - assumed the season was over. Minnesota hadn't been playing well; the Wild had been out of the playout race for several games. All the Stars needed to do was beat the Wild - and, tied at 97 points with Chicago, the tiebreaker would put Dallas, not the Blackhawks, into the playoffs.

Everybody wrote off the Wild - tha...

Isles D-Men Are Stepping Up

(Photo Credit: Dan4th/Flickr)

The Islanders, who are boasting the worst offense in the league with only a dismal 59 goals for (the second worst team is the L.A. Kings with 63), were heavily criticized for one specific thing over the past three months; not scoring enough goals. (Shocking, right?)

After being shutout several times this year, the Isles were becoming a one-trick pony; if the line of Moulson-Tavares-Parenteau wasn't scoring, then there wasn't anything to worry about if you were the opposing team. However, the Isles have been on a recent streak after coming away with points in their past six games played.