By STEPHEN HAWKINS, the Associated Press
The Dallas Stars missed the NHL playoffs only 7 1/2 months after making the Stanley Cup Final inside the NHL bubble. They finished fifth in the Central Division in a season when they had an NHL-high 14 losses in overtime or shootouts. They also had play their last 44 games over a 78-day stretch. Dallas was also hampered by injuries. Top goaltender Ben Bishop missed the entire season because of knee surgery, and Tyler Seguin played only three games this month after a six-month rehab and recovery from hip surgery. Alexander Radulov played only 11 games.