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Central Preview: Dallas Stars

A closer look at the Central Division competition for the upcoming 2013-14 season.

Wednesday, 14.08.2013 / 12:24 PM / News Articles
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Central Preview: Dallas Stars
Central Division Preview: Dallas Stars

2012-13 record: 22-22-4 
Total: 48 points GF: 130 GA: 142

2011-12 record: 42-35-5 
Total: 89 points GF: 211 GA: 222
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2013-14 Games vs. Stars:

Friday, October 11th
Stars @ Jets 7:00pm

Saturday, October 26th
Jets @ Stars 7:00pm

Saturday, December 14th
Stars @ Jets 2pm

Sunday, March 16th
Stars @ Jets 7pm

Monday, March 24th
Jets @ Stars 7:30pm


New Look: The Dallas Stars unveiled a new primary and secondary logo, along with a new color scheme and new uniform set as part of their sweeping rebrand and transformation on June 4th, 2013. It took over a year to complete the full rebrand.

New Hockey Staff: Jim Nill was announced as the club's new General Manager in April. In one of his first moves as GM, Nill named Lindy Ruff the team's new coach. Ruff brought former Sabres assistant James Patrick with him to Dallas, reuniting a staff that had some success developing young players in Buffalo.

New off-season additions: Shawn Horcoff, Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverly, Dan Ellis, Sergei Gonchar, Chris Mueller.

Dallas acquired the rights to veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar from the Ottawa Senators in early June. The team signed Gonchar to a new contract three days later, and a month after that made a trade with the Boston Bruins that brought centers Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley to Dallas in exchange for forward Loui Eriksson and prospects. If that wasn't enough, Dallas acquired another veteran center, Shawn Horcoff, that same day.

Top Forwards: The addition of Shawn Horcoff, Tyler Seguin, and Rich Peverley will allow Jamie Benn, who had 12 goals and 33 points in 41 games last season, to shift to the left wing alongside Seguin. Ray Whitney was second in team scoring last season with 11 goals and 29 points in 32 games.

Top Defensemen: Dallas inked Sergei Gonchar to a two-year, $10 million contract. Alex Goligoski led the Dallas blueliners in points with three goals and 27 points last season.

Besides Gonchar, the blueline looks like the same unit that ranked 22nd in shots-allowed per game and 24th in goals-against per game last season.

Goaltenders: Kari Lehtonen played 36 games and finished with a 2.66 GAA and .916 save percentage. Former backup goaltender Richard Bachman (unrestricted free agent) signed with the Edmonton Oilers on July 6th, 2013. The Stars signed unrestricted free agent Dan Ellis to a two-year contract.

Dallas Youth: Jaimie Benn, Cody Eakin, Alex Chiasson, Brenden Dillon, Jaimie Oleksiak, Valeri Nichushkin.

Much of the team's depth will be made up of young players who came in last season and established themselves on the roster, among them Alex Chiasson, Brenden Dillon and Cody Eakin. Also, look for 18-year-old forward Valeri Nichushkin, the team's first pick at the 2013 NHL Draft as well as defensive prospect Jamie Oleksiak, who both could be fighting for roster spots this fall.

Top Questions:

The Stars haven't made the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2008. Will the major changes and additions to the club be enough to push them back into a playoff position?

How will Tyler Seguin adapt to being at center?

Will Jamie Benn become a franchise player?

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 66 41 18 7 196 162 89
3 STL 64 40 19 5 198 162 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 MIN 64 35 22 7 181 164 77
6 VAN 64 36 24 4 184 176 76
7 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
8 CGY 64 35 25 4 182 165 74
9 LAK 64 31 21 12 175 167 74
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 65 29 26 10 203 215 68
12 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
13 ARI 65 21 37 7 142 220 49
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 65 22 30 13 52
B. Little 65 24 27 10 51
B. Wheeler 63 17 29 13 46
D. Byfuglien 65 15 27 6 42
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 65 10 26 2 36
M. Frolik 65 14 20 5 34
D. Stafford 59 11 17 -20 28
J. Tlusty 55 13 11 -19 24
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 19 8 5 .918 2.34
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.57
 
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