It wasn't until last December that Jim Nill began to see glimpses of the Dallas Stars' capabilities, but their breakthroughs came too late for them to overcome an awful start and make the playoffs in the West.
“We started to do things right,” the Stars' general manager said. “We were better defensively. We were more responsible with the puck. Our goaltending was better.
“The theme coming back this year was three things: We were terrible in our own division last year and our division record had to get better. We had a real bad start at home and we buried ourselves at home, and we had to be better defensively.”
So far, they're three for...