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Posted at 12:30 PM EST.
8:35 PM EST. OT included. Though it had been expected since earlier this week, the news was made official that John Klingberg will return to the Stars lineup here. It’s been over a month since Klingberg suited up for the Stars, suffering a hand injury in early November that required surgery. In his stead, young defenseman Miro Heiskanen has stepped up and become the leader on the blue line while Esa Lindell has continued to log big minutes against tough competition. With Klingberg back, the Dallas defense corps will immediately get a huge offensive boost. Klingberg finished sixth in Norris Trophy voting last season while establishing a new high in points with 67. His near point-per-game pace from the early part of the season combined with Heiskanen’s emergence and Lindell’s solid play instantly makes the Stars defense one of the league’s best. Dallas still has playoff aspirations and sits just a few points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. The team is now 17-14-3 on the year and carries a positive goal differential at +1. Furthermore, the Stars rank 9th in High Danger Scoring Chances over the past month while the Blackhawks rank 28th. The Stars figure to be even better with Klingberg back because he’s such a strong puck-moving defensemen.
Corey Crawford is still out. The good news is that Cam Ward started last game and won against Nashville while only allowing two goals. That’s good news because the chances of Ward allowing two goals or less against are as close to 0% as any goaltender that’s ever played. Ward is appalling and thus our attack on him will remain relentless.
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