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DALLAS -- Jamie Benn will open a season coming off a playoff series victory for the first time in the Dallas captains career, while Patrick Sharp hardly knows any other way. Cheap Bulls Jerseys .Together, theyre trying to take the Stars beyond the second-round exit of last season, which ended with a humbling Game 7 loss to St. Louis.If Tyler Seguin can stay healthy alongside Benn, his fellow high-scoring All-Star forward, and Dallas can find a way to make a two-goalie system with Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi work a little better, the Stars should be in contention.It was fun last year, Sharp said of his first season in Dallas after spending 10 years with Chicago and winning three Stanley Cup titles. I think we broke through in a lot of areas and proved to ourselves and the league that we can be a top team. If everybody improves a little bit and we commit to what we did last year, good things can happen.Benn didnt make the playoffs his first four seasons before Dallas lost in the first round to Anaheim in 2014. He won the league scoring title a year later when the Stars missed the playoffs.Dallas finally broke through with a Western Conference-leading 109 points (50-23-9) last season and a six-game victory over Central Division rival Minnesota to start the postseason.Just needed to get out of the first and you didnt make it through the second, so we know how hard it is, said Benn, who signed an eight-year, $76 million contract extension in the offseason. I think we go into this year with that mentality of a playoff team and play like a playoff team and just try to build and keep getting better.Things to consider as the Stars go after their first extended postseason run since 2008, when they lost to Detroit in the West finals:EARLY INJURY BUGSeguin has been out in the preseason with a hairline fracture of a heel sustained while getting ready for the World Cup. Thats after missing all but one playoff game last season because of an Achilles injury. Hes expected to be ready for the opener Oct. 13.Another center, Cody Eakin, will miss at least the few weeks of the regular season after injuring a knee in a camp practice, and promising forward Mattias Janmark could miss the season after surgery for a joint disorder in a knee. Radek Faksa, another young forward, is dealing with a concussion.Its better to get those out of the way now, said Benn, who was eased into preseason work after abdominal surgery in the offseason.TWO GOALIES AGAINLehtonen and Niemi split time in the regular season and the playoffs, and coach Lindy Ruff doesnt think the approach will be much different. That includes using both to manage the busier parts of the schedule. While the system helped boost Dallas to the top seed in the West, it failed them in the playoff finale when Lehtonen gave up five goals in the first two periods of a 6-1 loss to the Blues.I think it took us a long time to kind of learn when youre not playing and when you are playing last year, Lehtonen said. But now we know what to expect so I think thats going to be easier. Still never know how its going to go.SETTLING INSharp, a forward, and defenseman Johnny Oduya were getting used to a new home a year ago after winning a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks. If Jason Spezza is any indication, theyll be more productive. Spezza struggled his first season in Dallas two years ago after 11 seasons in Ottawa, then almost doubled his goals last season.Much more comfortable, much more feel at home, Sharp said. The guys were very welcoming last year, but being 10 years in one spot, its tough to move.YOUNG DRuffs biggest concern is the consistency of a young group of defensemen highlighted by budding stars John Klingberg and Stephen Johns. The Stars believe in their youth at the blue line enough that they traded the rights to nine-year veteran Alex Goligoski to Arizona. Dallas gave Oduya a fellow veteran in the group by adding Dan Hamhuis in free agency.Weve got the platform to build off as long as we can get our young defensemen in the right place, said Ruff, going into his 19th season after spending his first 15 as a coach in Buffalo. 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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister was reasonably happy with what Yu Darvish showed him in his third start since coming off the disabled list from a shoulder ailment.If only Danny Duffy didnt show off a little bit more.Darvish allowed three runs, two earned, over six sharp innings Friday night, but Duffy trumped him by allowing only Rougned Odors homer in the Kansas City Royals 3-1 victory over Texas.Duffys got a big fastball with a quality changeup and breaking ball. He was really tough on us, Banister said. A quality start, a quality starter, hes been doing that all year long.Darvish (2-2) is only now getting back to doing it -- he missed the start of the year as he returned from Tommy John surgery, then got shelved with the shoulder problem.But he nearly matched Duffy (6-1), allowing single runs in each of the first three innings. Darvish struck out 11 and made only one big mistake -- Cheslor Cuthberts homer in the third.I had a really good bullpen session in between (starts), Darvish said. Early in the game, it was a little different feeling, but toward the end I was able to make an adjustment and I felt better.Still, it wasnt good enough to keep the AL West-leading Rangers from losing for the eighth time in nine games. The slide has been marked by poor pitching, inconsistent hitting and a series of devastating injuries -- sluggers Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo went on the DL earlier this week.Without them, the Rangers certainly struggled to create scoring chances Friday night.Duffy carved through the lineup without allowing a hit the first time through, the only baserunner a walk to Elvis Andrus. He went on to load the bases on a single and hit batter in the third inning, but Duffy calmly struck out Ian Desmond on three pitches to leave them stranded.His only other trouble came when he put runners on the corners with two outs in the seventh, forcing Luke Hochevar in from the bullpen. He got pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland on a liner to preserve a 3-1 lead.They built it in typical Royals fashion: They scored a run in the first on a single, stolen base, error and grounddout then scored again in the second on a walk, stolen base and consecutive singles. Cheap Swingman Bulls Jerseys. It wasnt until Cuthbert went deep leading off the third that they made Darvish look fallible.Darvish is a really good pitcher, Royals manager Ned Yost said. To scratch out two runs early is perfect situational baseball, to give us that lead early.The Rangers had one more scoring opportunity in the seventh, when Duffy put runners on the corners with two outs. Hochevar wiggled out of that jam, though, and Kelvin Herrera breezed through a perfect eighth before Wade Davis worked around a single in the ninth for his 21st save.The victory, which came one day after the Royals (48-47) visited the White House to celebrate their World Series championship, kept them from dropping below .500 for the first time since May 17.I think being around the guys on an off day was a positive, said Duffy, who was part of the troupe that visited President Barack Obama in the midst of a long homestand. We got to do something not a lot of people get to do.ROSTER MOVESThe Rangers reinstated LHP Jake Diekman (cut left index finger) from the DL and designated LHP Cesar Ramos for assignment. Diekman last pitched July 5 at Boston.TRAINERS ROOMRangers: Fielder will see neck specialist Dr. Drew Dossett on Monday. The DH/1B is facing the prospect of season-ending neck surgery after an MRI earlier this week revealed a herniated disk near an area that was repaired two years ago. Dossett also performed that procedure.Royals: CF Lorenzo Cain (left hamstring strain) hoped to begin a rehab assignment his weekend, but it has been pushed back to early next week. Hes been on the DL since June 29. He was pushing it too hard two days ago and just kind of fatigued his leg, Yost said. Not a setback by any stretch.UP NEXTRangers LHP Cole Hamels, who tossed eight sharp innings in a win over the Cubs his last time out, makes his first career start at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday. He faces Royals RHP Yordano Ventura. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '