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The Dallas Stars have lost momentum heading into their game against the Kings

The Dallas Stars have lost momentum heading into their game against the Kings

After leading the Central Division and the Western Conference for much of this season, the Dallas Stars have a new and less pleasant vantage point.

On Dec. 28, Dallas led the division with a 27-7-3 record and 57 points, and the Chicago Blackhawks were a seemingly distant fourth at 20-13-4 for 44 points. The Blackhawks, fueled by a franchise-record-tying 11-game winning streak, passed the Stars on Friday and moved three points ahead of them Sunday at 31-13-4 for 66 points. The Stars are second at 29-12-5 and 63 points, though they've played two fewer games.

"First of all, they're a great team. That's where we want to get to," Stars General Manager Jim Nill said of the...

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