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    Saturday, January 19th (All times Eastern)

    Phoenix Coyotes (0-0-0) at Dallas Stars (0-0-0), 8 p.m.

    (Sports Network) - Ray Whitney was a big part of getting the Phoenix Coyotes their first ever division title a season ago.

    The veteran forward, though, took his services to the Dallas Stars this offseason and kicks off the campaign against his former employer on Saturday night.

    The 40-year-old led the Coyotes with 77 points last season, matching a career high with 53 assists while playing in all 82 games. That included six points over Phoenix's season-ending five-game winning streak that helped the club finish a point ahead of the San Jose Sharks for the top spot in the division.

    Whitney did slow to seven points in 16 playoff games as the Coyotes won their first two playoff series since relocating from Winnipeg prior to the 1996-97 season before getting ousted by the eventual champion Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference finals.

    The Stars, though, signed Whitney to a two-year contract and also inked another 40-year-old vet in Jaromir Jagr, who had 19 goals and 35 assists in 73 games with the Philadelphia Flyers last season after playing the previous three campaigns in Russia's KHL.

    Dallas is hoping to mix the veterans in with some younger players like Cody Eakin, Reilly Smith and Philip Larsen in an effort to snap a four-year playoff drought.

    "We've certainly got some competition. These young guys are certainly going to have a leg up. They've been playing," said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. "I think it's going to take, for most of the league, it's going to take some of the guys, especially some of the veteran guys, to get going. We're not going to be afraid to use our bench and use our depth, our young players, especially early."

    Eakin was part of the package the Stars received from the Washington Capitals in exchange for forward Mike Ribeiro, while Steve Ott was dealt along with defenseman Adam Pardy to the Buffalo Sabres for center Derek Roy.

    The Stars also elected not to re-sign defender Sheldon Souray, instead adding blue liner Aaron Rome.

    "We have some new key guys coming into the team, a lot of good offensive players, so it will definitely help us in the power play and all-around game too. I think we have a really good team here," said forward Loui Eriksson.

    Dallas is really good in net, where Kari Lehtonen had a career year in posting a 32-22-4 record with a 2.33 goals against average and .922 save percentage in 59 games, but restricted free agent center Jamie Benn has yet to be signed.

    Phoenix is looking to ride its goaltender to the playoffs after Mike Smith did an outstanding job replacing Ilya Bryzgalov in net. The one-time Star went 38-18-10 in 67 games, posting an outstanding 2.21 GAA and .930 save percentage with a career-best eight shutouts.

    The Coyotes also added defender Zbynek Michalek in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and with a potential owner lined up in Greg Jamison, were able to re-sign Shane Doan, who returns to the only NHL club he has ever known with a new 4-year deal.

    Phoenix still must replace Whitney's production, so it signed 38-year-old vet Steve Sullivan, who notched 17 goals in 79 games last season with the Penguins, and reacquired center Matthew Lombardi from the Toronto Maple Leafs right before the start of the season.

    Head coach Dave Tippett said he isn't looking for any one player to replace Whitney, but that Sullivan will be part of the group that picks up the slack.

    "He's valuable all over the ice because he's a hard worker and his offensive instincts are pretty strong," noted Tippett.

    Both Doan (lower body) and Boyd Gordon (upper body) are questionable for this game due to injury, but were able to practice on Thursday. However, the Coyotes will open the season without Raffi Torres, who finishes off his reduced suspension stemming from a hit on the Chicago Blackhawks' Marian Hossa in the postseason.

    Originally banned for 25 games, Torres had the suspension -- which began for the rest of the playoffs -- lowered and will miss the first eight games of this shortened season.

    The Stars and Coyotes split their six meetings last season, with Dallas winning two of three at home.

    01/19 10:53:28 ET

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      Exclusive look inside newly renovated Al Lang Stadium Video included

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      Great 38 News Now got an exclusive look at the newly renovated Al Lang Stadium while it was still under construction. More>>

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      PARC prepares for 41st Annual Golf Tournament Video included

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      Updated:

      PARC is a local non-profit organization whose goal is to turn disabilities into capabilities. They provide opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities to exercise their independence and experience life to the fullest.  More>>

      Trio talks about 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

      Updated:

      You may remember these familiar faces. Mallory Lykes Dimmitt and Joe Guthrie stopped by Great 38 News Now in January before they set off on their 900 mile trek across the state of Florida. More>>

      News Now: JDRF is walking for a cure Video included

      Updated:

      JDRF is walking for a cure. Their goal is to create a world without type 1 diabetes. To help raise awareness and funds, they are holding a 5k walk on April 11th at Amalie Arena. Nicole Johnson and Tim Rivers stopped by to fill us in and to share their stories of living with diabetes. More>>

      News Now: Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      The Morgan Auto Group Charity Polo Classic took place on the 21st. The ladies put on their big hats and the men donned their bowties, and we raised a lot of money for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Children's Cancer Center. This recap is brought to you by Marco's Pizza, who graciously donated $2,000 during the event. More>>

      News Now: Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, Morgan Auto Group hosts their annual Charity Polo Classic. It's an event unlike any other in this area.This year, it is taking place on March 21st and benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and Children's Cancer Center. More>>

      Celebrating Music Education Spirit Week

      Updated:

      We are celebrating kids who rock with Music Education Spirit Week! Lorri Naylor, a Lowry Elementary School teacher and a part of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council, fills us in on the festivities.
      More>>

      USF 'Young Innovator' creates anti-bully band Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, USF holds their Young Innovator Competition, encouraging kids between kindergarten and 8th grade to invent something new or improve upon something that already exists. Meet Alexis Martin, this year's winner. The Anti-Bully Band she invented is her plan to stop bullying. More>>

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      • Hot and breezy in Tampa Bay

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        Saturday, April 25 2015 11:40 AM EDT2015-04-25 15:40:46 GMT
        Saturday is shaping up nicely!
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      • Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

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        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
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