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Milan Lucic receved a major for a cross-check and a game misconduct.  The Blues say Oskar Sundqvist should be fine.

 

 

Below, Mike Hoffman with a stick toss to prevent a Radulov empty net goal.

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Ben Bishop’s Season

from Josh Lile of the Dallas News,

Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop is having arguably the best season of his solid career. His .933 save percentage and 2.05 goals against average are both high water marks in a career that has already made him a finalist for the Vezina Trophy (awarded to the league's top net minder) twice.

A third nomination this year, which seems like a forgone conclusion at this point, would put Bishop in some special company. He would become the 12th goalie since 1981 (when voting for the award became a thing) to be a finalist three times. Carey Price could also join this list with a nomination.

Every goalie since 1981 who has been nominated four times has won the trophy at least once. Only Miika Kipprusoff has picked up the trophy among the soon-to-be foursome who have three nominations. Roberto Luongo, Curtis Joseph, and potentially Ben Bishop have (or never will in the case of the other two) won the award.

Bishop and Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning are the two most likely to win the hardware at this point.

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Playoff Hopes Fading For The Minnesota Wild

from Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press,

Accountability? Marcus Foligno is demanding it from people above the pay grade of a fourth-line grinder.

Urgency? Bruce Boudreau is out of answers for the Wild’s woeful lack thereof, and he indicted his players without naming names.

Scoring? Zach Parise would just like to have the puck.

What the Wild want and what they are able to give are miles apart at a crucial juncture of their fading season. Thursday night’s listless 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars at Xcel Energy Center led to some harsh introspection afterward in a sullen dressing room.

A third straight loss plunged Minnesota to 1-6-3 in its past 10 home games, including Monday’s 3-0 shutout loss to San Jose. They have not won in regulation in St. Paul since Jan. 19 and fell five points behind Dallas for a wild-card berth with Arizona lurking in between.

“It pisses you off,” said Foligno. “I’ve only made the playoffs once in my career. To be in a playoff spot for most of the season and now being out of it, it kind of looks like it’s slipping away. We’ve got to figure it out. We still have games left to turn it around, but we keep saying that. We’ve been saying that a lot this year.”

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Big Win For The Dallas Stars Over The Colorado Avalanche

from Matthew DeFranks of the Dallas News,

Two days before his hat trick and the Stars' 4-0 win over the Avalanche on Thursday night, Alexander Radulov was reduced to a spectator. He couldn't help Dallas beat the Rangers, he couldn't chip in during a playoff push, he couldn't play at all.

Instead, Radulov was a scratch because he was late to morning skate. The Stars were forced to play without their second-leading scorer because of his tardiness, and were ultimately unharmed by his lateness.

On Thursday, he tried his best to atone. Then he made the American Airlines Center rain hats.

Radulov scored three goals in the Stars' win, the team's fourth straight victory and an especially important one over division foe and fellow playoff hopeful Colorado. Jamie Benn also scored for Dallas, and goaltender Ben Bishop posted his fifth shutout of the season....

It was Radulov's first hat trick of his career, and the Stars' second in the last week. Jamie Benn also had a hat trick Saturday in St. Louis.

"He's a great competitor, and we expected him to play at a high level tonight," Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. "You could tell he had an intensity about him the way he was practicing while he was out. It's two times now guys have missed games, they get a little bit of rest, they come back with hat tricks. Maybe there's something to a little bit of rest."

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Mats Zuccarello Out At Least 4 Weeks

He left today's game with an upper-body injury.

 

 

added 6:04pm, Watch how the injury occurred is below.

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Mats Zuccarello Headed To Dallas

 

 

added 9:17pm, NYR release is below.

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The Playoff Picture In The Western Conference

Matthew DeFranks of the Dallas News answers some questions...

Why is this team so inconsistent at times?

DeFranks: It's really maddening. But I thought about this the other day, and it is nothing compared to the rest of the Western Conference.

Think about the teams that were left for dead earlier this season: St. Louis, Chicago, Arizona. They are very much in the playoff hunt because hot streaks overshadowed the cold ones.

Think about the teams that once looked unstoppable (or at least very secure): Colorado, Minnesota. They've been doomed by each suffering nine losses in a 10-game stretch.

But back to the Stars. They don't generate enough offense to be counted on consistently. So they're not going to win those 4-3 games very often, and when that offense disappears, the wins typically do as well. The defense should recover well in the next few games, and that's generally been the best of the team.

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Below, a snapshot of the Western Conference playoff picture.

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The Dallas Stars Acquire Ben Lovejoy From The New Jersey Devils For Connor Carrick

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Ben Lovejoy from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for defenseman Connor Carrick and a third-round selection in the 2019 NHL Draft.

Lovejoy, 35, has posted seven points (2-5=7) in 51 games played for New Jersey this season. He is second on the Devils in blocked shots (77) and tied for second in plus/minus (+1). Additionally, he is second in the League in average shorthanded time on ice per game (3:46) and is fourth overall in shorthanded time on ice (192:31).

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Winning Streak Hits Five For The Dallas Stars

from Matthew DeFranks of the Dallas News,

The Stars asked for more offense. They asked for a more productive power play. They got both Monday night against Arizona. But so did the Coyotes.

The Stars extended their win streak to a season-long five games with a 5-4 win over Arizona, weathering an explosive third period in which the two teams combined for six goals, culminating with Tyler Seguin's game-winner with 7:32 left in the third period.

"There was just a sense that we weren't going to be denied tonight," Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. "And that's a sense we're starting to get on the bench in the third period, which speaks to the growth and the mindset of our players."

Dallas maintained their position in third place in the Central Division and pulled eight points clear of Colorado for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. It was just the second time this season the Stars won after trailing entering the third period. The only previous time was Dec. 1 in Vancouver, and Dallas is now 2-13-0 in such situations.

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Evening Line- Jim Nill

"It's going to be an interesting trade market because there's so many teams in it. Between teams in it, teams trying to sign players, injuries, where's the market going to be?" 

-Jim Nill, GM of the Dallas Stars.  Matthew DeFranks of the Dallas News has more on the Stars and what they may do at the trade deadline.

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