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Stars’ season a success no matter what happens Wednesday

The Dallas Stars somehow managed to force a Game Seven in their Western Conference semifinal matchup against the St. Louis Blues. But even if the season comes to an end Wednesday, this season should be looked at as a success rather than a major disappointment.

Stars back on track with playoff berth and division title

Last year, the Stars missed the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years. Now, they're the top seed in the Western Conference. It's a great reward for what Lindy Ruff and the Stars' ownership group have been working to build.

Now might be the time to panic for the Dallas Stars

The Dallas Stars have cooled off considerably this month, winning just three of their last nine games. While they've had rough stretches before, this might be the perfect time to panic.

Stars need to stop first losing skid before it gets out of hand

The Dallas Stars have lost three-straight games for the first time this season. They still have an eight-point lead over Chicago for the top spot in the Central Division, but the losing streak has to stop soon if Dallas wants to have playoff and Stanley Cup hopes come May and June.

NHL needs new ideas to make Winter Classic interesting again

The NHL Winter Classic was initially a smash hit, playing hockey outdoors for the first time in a long time in historic venues. But for the second-straight year, the game has hit record-low television ratings. Now, it's time for the NHL to make changes to get the game interesting for the public once again.

Stars entering a stretch that can give them the respect they deserve

The Dallas Stars are no doubt the most surprising team of the season. But Dallas has yet to really earn the respect that they deserve. Yes, those that do weekly power rankings have them at or near the top, as they should, but the hockey-knowing fan outside of Dallas likely could care less about the Stars being so high up in the standings at this point in the season. This next stretch of games, however, could change that.

NHL might need to redo its playoff format once again

A couple of years ago, the NHL made a drastic move in realigning the divisions and conference despite no new teams joining the league. The league moved from six to four divisions. From a local perspective, it was a great move as the Stars got out of the Pacific Division and a massive number of late start times on divisional road games. But this year might be showing holes in one crucial aspect — the playoffs.

Slight downturn no concern for Dallas Stars

It might be early, but if you look at the Dallas Stars schedule, you'll see an odd peculiarity — a .500 record for the month of December. Can this team sustain this level of success, or is there a steep drop off coming up?

With crowded Central Division, Stars can’t afford to let up

The NHL's Central Division is brutal. Of the seven teams in the division, all but one team is packed tight within the standings. First through sixth are separated by just ten points and last-place Colorado sits on more points than five other teams in the league. And in a sport where there aren't many breaks, there's next to zero breathing room for any of the seven teams in the division. But on top of all of that is pressure — pressure to finish in the top three spots of the division to guarantee a spot in the postseason and pressure to finish ahead of the other teams in the Pacific Division to maybe sneak in one of the two wild card sports.

Texas Stars play in the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park, Texas

Minor league hockey quite the interesting spectacle

Saturday night I made the trek through the rain up to the Cedar Park Center to watch the Stars — the Texas Stars. The game turned out the wrong way unfortunately. The Stars recovered from a 3-0 deficit only to give up the lead shortly after tying the game. But I think I've discovered quite the hidden gem in the world of sports: minor league hockey.

Stars show tons of potential early in season

Suddenly, the Dallas Stars are one of the most exciting teams in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and boast of one of the best offenses in the NHL.