Dallas Stars Push For Playoffs Stars In Buffalo

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The Buffalo Sabres hope to get a second win in 2015 as they play host to the visiting Dallas Stars.  With the cold and snow gripping the region, Lindy Ruff will not be receiving as warm of a welcome from the area as he thought he might.

It might be like ground hog day for Lindy Ruff and his goalie Keri Lehtonen.  Lindy has placed Lentonen on a short leash – and is going to address his goalie situation one day at a time.

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  • Lehtonen is getting slammed for his play all over the place, not just from his coach.  Lehtonen is taking heat from the media covering the Dallas Stars as well, as he is playing, statistically his worst season in a Dallas Stars uniform, if not his career.

    Recalled from his conditioning stint in the American Hockey League with the Texas Stars, Anders Lindback needs to step into the crease and take ownership, if the Dallas Stars want to make the playoff bubble and have post season hopes.  The Sabres will likely face Lindback tonight, and the Stars hope to spark a winning streak with him in net.

    The Stars don’t necessarily need Lindback to take over as the number one goalie in Dallas – but up the competition level against Lehtonen to inspire his game a little bit.  Of course playing the Sabres some nights might feel like an AHL conditioning stint for some goalies.

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    If the Dallas Stars are struggling for chemistry and system, their schedules isn’t allowing Lindy Ruff to get the team on the ice often.  Starting Thursday when the Stars hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Stars will play four games in four cities in six nights.

    Lindy will hold optional workouts for his club, hoping to keep them fresh late in the season in the hopes of a playoff push.

    Now I am excited to see a player get his beard shaved in the regular season, because I am a traditionalist and I think hockey players only time for beards is in the playoffs.  Plain  simple.  So if you have facial hair it really irks me, especially when your on a team that doesn’t regularly make the playoffs, or is a bubble team that likely won’t be making the playoffs.  But I digress.  Let it never be said that a hockey player doesn’t make good on his bets, as Tyler Seguin shaves Jordie Benn’s beard after losing a Super Bowl bet.

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