Zach Parise

What we learned in the NHL this past week

What we learned in the NHL this past week

Lessons from the past week of NHL play:

•A three-game winning streak and 6-1 surge have lifted the Dallas Stars to No. 1 in the West. Their 12-3-0 record is their best after 15 games in franchise history, topping the 10-2-3 of the 1980-81 Minnesota North Stars, who reached the Stanley Cup Final. Center Tyler Seguin had nine goals and 23 points and shared the NHL scoring lead with Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks through Sunday's games. Left wing Jamie Benn shared the lead in goals (10) with Kane and ranked third with 21 points. Coach Lindy Ruff has been effectively using a goalie tandem of Antti Niemi (2.77 goals-against average .908 save percentage in eight starts)...