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ESPN.com Dallas Stars preview

10/4/2011

ESPN.com is rolling out previews of the 30 NHL teams and Pierre LeBrun takes a look at the Dallas Stars. Here's an excerpt:

The Dallas Stars not only lost Brad Richards this summer, but also, apparently, the faith of anyone else outside their organization.

The Stars missed the playoffs by only two points, losing on the last day of the regular season when a win would have gotten them in, and yet the experts have almost unanimously downgraded their expectations for the Stars.

"People are going to discount us because of the media frenzy around Brad Richards this summer. They feel we don't have him and we won't be able to compete," Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk told ESPN.com. "But I think these guys feel otherwise."

There's a collective chip on the shoulders of the Stars. They enter the regular season feeding off that sense of wanting to prove everyone wrong.

"Our opinion is that we're a lot better team than the majority of people think we are," Dallas captain Brenden Morrow told ESPN.com. "But we're happy with the underdog role."

The rest of the preview is here.