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Stars notes: Realignment talk

Thursday, 02.14.2013 / 11:43 PM CT / News
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars notes: Realignment talk

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 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 78 47 22 9 224 193 103
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 77 28 46 -6 74
T. Seguin 67 35 35 -4 70
J. Spezza 77 17 42 -3 59
J. Klingberg 60 11 27 3 38
C. Eakin 73 17 19 -5 36
T. Daley 63 16 20 -10 36
A. Goligoski 77 4 31 -2 35
A. Hemsky 71 11 21 -5 32
S. Horcoff 73 11 17 7 28
V. Fiddler 75 12 15 -5 27
 
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