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Central Preview: Dallas Stars

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

Wednesday, 08.14.2013 / 11:24 AM CT / 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 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 236 226 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 248 201 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 232 208 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 229 189 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 242 222 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 231 201 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 230 210 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 241 216 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 220 205 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 261 260 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 219 227 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 228 232 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 198 283 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 170 272 56

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Little 4 2 1 -3 3
A. Lowry 4 1 2 0 3
M. Stuart 4 1 1 1 2
D. Stafford 4 1 1 -1 2
M. Perreault 3 0 2 -2 2
J. Trouba 4 0 2 -1 2
A. Pardy 2 1 0 -1 1
B. Wheeler 4 1 0 -3 1
T. Myers 4 1 0 -2 1
L. Stempniak 4 1 0 2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
O. Pavelec 0 4 1 .891 3.73
 
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