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Stars notes: Realignment talk

Friday, 02.15.2013 / 12:43 AM / News
By Mark Stepneski

NHL realignment is back on the front burner, and that’s good news for the Dallas Stars. The new plan hasn’t been finalized yet, but a plan for next season could be in place by the end of the month.

At this point the realignment scenario is said to be similar to what the league rolled out in December 2011, a four-conference alignment that will eliminate some of the geographical inequities of the current system. Winnipeg playing in the Southeast Division is one problem. The Stars, of course, have been itching to get out of the Pacific Division.

“The new system is dramatically better than the existent system,” said Stars president Jim Lites, who is keeping close tabs on the realignment issue. “The status quo is awful for us, and the change is 95 percent of what we would want.”

There have been some tweaks to that 2011 plan – apparently a few teams moved have been around to different conferences – but the Stars still are expected to be grouped with teams primarily in their own time zone, and would play more games in their own time zone. That will help with the team’s travel, among the toughest in the league. And it will bolster the team’s television broadcasts, which are hampered by the high number of divisional road games out West.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 23 14 4 5 63 56 33
2 NSH 22 15 5 2 62 45 32
3 VAN 22 15 6 1 67 61 31
4 STL 22 14 6 2 59 46 30
5 CGY 24 14 8 2 75 64 30
6 LAK 23 12 6 5 64 53 29
7 CHI 22 13 8 1 66 46 27
8 WPG 24 12 9 3 51 54 27
9 MIN 21 12 9 0 58 48 24
10 SJS 24 10 10 4 62 66 24
11 DAL 22 9 9 4 64 74 22
12 ARI 23 9 11 3 57 71 21
13 COL 23 8 10 5 59 73 21
14 EDM 23 6 14 3 51 78 15

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Seguin 22 17 11 6 28
J. Benn 22 8 12 4 20
J. Spezza 22 4 15 -6 19
A. Roussel 22 5 7 -3 12
T. Daley 22 5 6 -10 11
C. Eakin 19 4 5 2 9
A. Goligoski 22 0 9 2 9
J. Klingberg 8 3 5 6 8
R. Garbutt 19 3 5 -5 8
E. Cole 21 4 3 -3 7
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 9 5 4 .908 2.93
A. Lindback 0 4 0 .845 4.52
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