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31 in 31: Dallas Stars 2017-18 season preview

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars’s Dan Rosen and Matt Waymire take a look at the Dallas Stars for the upcoming 2017-18 NHL season

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  1. The Dallas is one of my "pay attention to" teams for me. I like their forward depth and I like the players they got on defense but boy do they need help to keep pucks out of the net. I think bringing in Ken Hitchkock will improve that a lot but I don't think it will make go all the way to the best defense in the league, I think they will still have some trouble because they need time to develop more of that skill. However I think getting Bishop and having Lehtonen as a backup does help them a lot as well. These forward of Jamie Benn, Jason Spezza, Tyler Seguin and now Alex Radulov and Martin Hanzal does make them a competitive team that can definitely fight for a playoff spot but they need to be able to keep pucks out more than they put in this year.

  2. As a STARS fan I can't wait to see how Hitch has them playing. I think Tyler and Benn will buy into the system and excel. On paper they look good. So does the rest of the conference though. No predictions here….Just want to see them be way better than last season.#GOSTARS

  3. – I think the addition of Ben Bishop in goal alone might be enough to push the Stars back into playoff contention in the West. It'll be a meat grinder of a conference next season but the Stars have made some solid changes that should help them contend. Goaltending was their Achilles' heal last year but Bish helps solidify that position now. I think for sure the Stars will be in the mix in the West & could squeak their way in and, if Bish provides them enough stellar goaltending, could surprise some of the higher-ranked teams in the West.

  4. For the Dallas Stars, I think that they should be able to be at least the 14th-16th seed or wild card. There is still a possibility that they might not make it to the playoffs like the last few seasons, but there is still light ahead of the tunnel for Dallas.

  5. Does Dallas have a true rivalry? Honestly I can't think of one like I can for most other teams.

    Dallas is also one of those teams I can't hate. Like their style of play is pretty clean and overall just seems like they don't ruffle too many feathers.

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