The Stars and Mavericks both missed the postseason in 2013. Both teams are on the cusp of securing a playoff berth, but still have plenty of work left to do.
Columbus already had a head start when the puck dropped in a makeup game with Dallas, and the Blue Jackets withstood a frantic third period for a 3-1 win over the Stars.
Tyler Seguin had the game-winning shot, and the Stars beat Nashville by a score of 3-2 on Tuesday night to keep a hold on the Western Conference’s eighth and final playoff spot.
Sean Bergenheim scored with 4:31 left in the game to break a third-period tie, and the Panthers snapped a five-game losing streak in a 3-2 win over the Stars on Sunday.
Tyler Seguin scored for Dallas, which entered occupying the Western Conference’s last wild-card spot but had its three-game winning streak snapped.
The Stars’ 5-0 win over the Capitals on Tuesday night was a victory of confidence over embarrassment. Dallas has won five of six, outscoring opponents 16-5 over their last three games.
Andrew Shaw and Duncan Keith each had a goal and an assist, and the Blackhawks held on for a 4-2 win over the Stars on Tuesday night, even without star forward Patrick Kane.
The Stars used a power play to stay in the Western Conference playoff chase Monday night. Ray Whitney and Tyler Seguin scored with an advantage, and Dallas held off the Jets 2-1.
The Flyers beat the Stars by a score of 4-2 on Thursday night for their fourth straight win, and head coach Craig Berube was concerned about the team’s “sloppy” play.
The Dallas Stars say Rich Peverley has undergone successful surgery to correct an abnormal heart rhythm, just more than a week after the forward collapsed on the bench during a game.
Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Lee Stempniak have been playing together for less than two weeks, but they looked like longtime friends in Pittsburgh’s demolition of Dallas on Tuesday.
Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen is expected to start Tuesday night’s road game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.