- Mark Stepneski, ESPNDallas.com
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Thanks to their weekend wins over New Jersey and the New York Islanders, the Dallas Stars jumped from 20th to 3rd in the weekly ESPN.com Power Rankings. Only the Detroit Red Wings, who come to town Thursday, and the Carolina Hurricanes rank higher than the Stars this week.
ESPN.com's Scott Burnside says of the Stars:
Who knows how long the Stars can stay at this lofty perch, but kudos to coach Marc Crawford for helping his team earn two straight road wins in New Jersey and Long Island out of the gate. Who knows? It may help spur the sale of the team, if nothing else.
This week's rankings are here.
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