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The Jets got what the Stars wanted Thursday.

Exactly what they wanted.

Winnipeg took a 4 3 win over Dallas at American Airlines Center and gained its first three game winning streak of the season. In doing so, it took points from the Stars in the battle for playoff positioning in the Western Conference and seized the potential for serious momentum going forward.

Dallas, meanwhile, slipped back to the all too comfortable .500 mark in the NHL standings at 21 21 10 (52 points) and lost center Jason Spezza jersey cheap jersey cheap for at least a few games because of injury.

Talk about dj vu all over again.

It would be easy to argue that the Stars were the better team. They had an 83 43 advantage in shot attempts and a 42 29 advantage in shots on goal. They won the hits battle at 26 16. They won the faceoff battle at 33 26. They did a lot of things right.

But Benn was stopped on a breakaway in the second period when the Stars had three skaters to Winnipeg’s five, and the Jets scored right after that save. Benn hit the crossbar late in the third period with a chance to tie, and Brett Ritchie slipped a puck just wide with an open net and a chance to tie in the dying seconds.

On the goal that proved to be the game winner for the Jets, Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen jersey cheap gave up the puck behind the net and didn’t skate back around in time to stop Nikolaj Ehlers’ shot.

And because of all that, the Jets were the better team. They have been during this season series as they lead 3 1 0 with the final meeting on Valentine’s Day in Winnipeg. That could be huge, because the Stars are in a fight with six teams trying to get the two wild card playoff spots in the West, and the Jets are one of those teams.

And while Winnipeg has played two more games and is only two points ahead in the standings (25 25 4, 54 points), it has been dominant within the Cheap NHL Jerseys
Central Division. The Jets are 13 4 1 in games against Central opponents, while Dallas slipped to 8 10 4 within the division.

It’s been like having a gif of a missed shot rolling on your Twitter feed for the entire season.

“We had our opportunities, but we gave them their opportunities too and they made the best of it,” Benn said. “That’s a tough one. I thought we were going pretty good tonight, actually.”

Pretty good is fine when you’re leading the division like the Stars did last season. It’s not so great when you’re trying to dig yourself out of hole.

“We had plenty of good chances to make a difference,” Ruff said. “It seems like a common theme, but I like the work that went into it.”

Another common theme has been injuries. Spezza took a huge hit from Adam Lowry jersey cheap and immediately left the game. Ruff said that he would have more on the injury Friday but added that “he’s going to miss some time. It’s probably more than days.”

Days in which the Stars need to find way to respond.

“We have to let this one go,” winger Patrick Eaves jersey cheap jersey cheap said. “We can’t sit on this one too long. We will learn from our mistakes and be ready for Saturday [when the Chicago Blackhawks jersey cheap visit].”

NHL draft jerseys news for Dallas

It’s the best news the Stars have had this year, through perhaps excitement should be low key.

Dallas was one of the winners in the NHL draft lottery Saturday in Toronto, moving from eighth to third overall. That means the Stars will have their highest pick since moving to Texas in 1993.

The bit of caution? Dallas’ two previous top picks were Richard Jackman (fifth overall in 1996) and Scott Glennie (eighth overall in 2009), and neither worked out for the team. Jackman played 38 games with the Stars and Glennie one.

And this isn’t expected to be an incredibly talented draft.

Still, moving up five spots Wholesale Jerseys
helps the Stars in a lot of ways. In addition to creating a chance to find a significantly improved level of prospect, the Stars also open the door to trade the pick if another team wants to move up.

“It’s a very valuable asset,” general manager Jim Nill said. “You clearly want to pick as high as you can, and we’re moving from eighth to third, so that’s a huge deal for us.”

The Stars still have a chance at a second first round pick. They’ll get Anaheim’s first rounder if the Ducks win their West semifinal playoff series vs. Edmonton, though the Ducks are trailing 2 0. That pick would be in the 28 31 range.

The NHL gives teams three chances to move up in the draft lottery, and Dallas hit on its third try. New Jersey went from fifth to first on the initial draw. Philadelphia went from 13th to second on the next draw. And Dallas went from eighth to third on the third draw.

According to the NHL, in the third drawing, the Stars had the seventh greatest percentage likelihood among the 13 remaining clubs eligible for selection (6.5 percent). After dropping from No. 8 to No. 9 as a result of the second drawing, Dallas climbed to No. 3, improving its drafting position as a result of the draft lottery for the first time in franchise history.

That means Colorado slides to fourth, Vancouver to fifth, Vegas to sixth and Arizona to seventh. The lottery will be in effect only for the first round of the NHL draft June 23 24 in Chicago. The remaining rounds will draft according to finish in the 2016 17 season.

The 2017 draft is seen as unremarkable, so the Stars probably won’t be getting a game changing player. The consensus is that Canadian center Nolan Patrick (the nephew of former Stars assistant coach James Patrick) and Swiss center Nico Hischier will go first and second. The draft projections get jumbled at that point.

Moving up on a lot of boards is Gabriel jersey cheap Vilardi. He’s one of the bigger forwards (6 3, 201) and one of the Young jersey cheapest players (he won’t turn 18 until Aug. 16). The versatile Canadian center had 61 points (29 goals, 32 assists) in 49 games with Windsor (OHL) last season.

Also moving up is Miro Heiskanen, a skilled Finnish defenseman, and Owen Tippett, a winger out of Ontario. Dallas also could go the Minnesota high school route again, as it did last season when it selected Riley Tufte 25th overall. This year, center Casey Mittelstadt had 30 points (13 goals, 17 assists) in 24 games with Green Bay in the USHL.

But the draft won’t be won or lost in the first round. Nill said the key for his team will be finding depth in players throughout the draft.

“I think any draft is a good one if you can take two players out of it, so you have to do your work and try to get something in every round,” Nill said. “Clearly, your chances are going to be better if you draft higher, so this is a great opportunity for our scouts and for our entire organization. This is a big boost for us.”.

How NHL expansion could affect the trade deadline

Here are some highlights:

How do you think NHL expansion is going to affect the trade deadline? Is it possible for a team to trade for someone only to have them shipped to Vegas? That would suck.

Heika: Yes, that is a concern. A team could acquire someone and then have to Chinese Wholesale Jerseys
expose them in the expansion draft, and that is a risk. That’s why pending UFAs such as Patrick Sharp jersey cheap and Patrick Eaves jersey cheap jersey cheap are desirable, because Vegas is probably not taking a player who can turn around and leave in free agency.

That said, teams also need to have the proper players to expose in the expansion draft (there are rules on amount of games that have been played this season, so that Vegas has a good selection). You could actually see teams acquire players with the intent of losing them.

Now, all of this can be done at the end of the season before the June 20 expansion draft, so the trade deadline might not affect much. My guess is that’s when a lot of the goaltender shuffling might happen. Teams that have a good Young jersey cheap goalie who might be in jeopardy of being taken probably want to keep them through the playoffs.

Trying to be a glass half full guy here: Does a down year now maybe help the Stars when it comes to expansion? Maybe Vegas won’t want our people since we had a bad year.

Heika: No, Vegas takes one player from every team, so the Stars are going to lose someone good. But they lost Alex jersey cheap Goligoski, Jason Demers jersey cheap, Vernon Fiddler jersey cheap and Colton Sceviour jersey cheap last summer, so the expansion draft isn’t that big of a deal. Good teams lose good players every summer.

The positive of this year is it gives an unvarnished look at the franchise. You have a clear assessment of all of your weaknesses and all of the areas where you need help. So maybe getting a new coaching staff is very needed, and you wouldn’t have seen that with a kind of OK year that ended with a playoff loss. Maybe the goalie share program really is a disaster and you might have talked yourself into another year if you were sitting 15th in GAA and save percentage. Maybe the Young jersey cheap defensemen and the 8 man defense has exposed itself as a really bad idea, and now you have to make hard decisions instead of waiting on Oleksiak, Nemeth and Johns.

The glass half full approach is maybe this year will force management to make significant changes and potentially improve the franchise for years to come. That’s the hope anyway.

What do you think the Stars could get for Sharp/Oduya in a trade? Which ex Blackhawk do you think has the highest chance of getting shipped off?

Heika: Oduya is not even playing, so I’m not even sure he is in the conversation for a trade until he tests his ankle injury in a game.

My prediction is that Dallas and Chicago find a way to make a trade for Sharp. He is exactly what Chicago needs, and Dallas could eat half his remaining salary or take an existing contract back if Chicago offers something good in the form of a prospect or draft pick.

They can make this work, and dealing Sharp back makes sense for everyone.

Which Stars player do you think has been underperforming the most this year?

Heika: I said Jason Spezza jersey cheap jersey cheap last time, and then saw he was the Normandy Homes Three Stars of the Game winner, so I’ll change it up.

Antti Niemi jersey cheap wins this week. He has pretty much fallen off a cliff in the past two months and lost any confidence the coaching staff once had in him. He also might have lost any confidence he had in himself.