Matthew DeFranks, The Dallas Morning News

Matthew DeFranks

The Dallas Morning News

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Recent:
  • The Dallas Morning News
Past:
  • Sun Sentinel
  • Orlando Sentinel
  • Los Angeles Times

Recent articles by Matthew:

Stars have lived on the border of almost winning and losing — a trend they’re already continuing

PITTSBURGH — Maybe this is just how it goes for the Stars. Low-scoring? Check. Good goaltending? Check. Tight game? Check. Maybe the Stars will have to get... → Read More

Meet Jack Bar, the prospect the Stars hope will become the next fifth-round steal

BOSTON — In Stars draft history, there’s perhaps no magic like selecting in the fifth round. Marty Turco and Mike Smith each had a long career in net after... → Read More

Here we go again? Questions surrounding Stars’ health, lack of scoring echo 2019 start

Suddenly, the mid-October memories come flooding back. You know, the ones from two years ago? When the Stars were limping into Pittsburgh as a team trying... → Read More

Stars struggle to find identity in sloppy 3-1 loss to Bruins

BOSTON — It’s been only two games, but the Stars haven’t yet found their game — and it cost them in Boston. In a sloppy 3-1 loss Saturday night to the... → Read More

Denis Gurianov holds the key to unlocking Rick Bowness’ plans for three Stars scoring lines

BOSTON — The Stars and coach Rick Bowness want to build three scoring lines, and that plan contains one very key element: Denis Gurianov. Gurianov, the 24-ye... → Read More

Injury, dehydration and an OT winner: Stars can’t help bringing the drama to open season

NEW YORK — The location may change, the opponent may change, the year may change, but the Stars providing drama in the season opener remains. During a 3-2... → Read More

Stars rookie Jacob Peterson set to make NHL debut at MSG: ‘It’s a dream come true’

NEW YORK — When he came from Sweden to North America, Jacob Peterson wasn’t sure what this season would hold. Now, he’s making his NHL debut Thursday night... → Read More

Stars goalie Braden Holtby ‘pretty easy decision’ to start opener vs. Rangers

NEW YORK — Braden Holtby will start the Stars’ season opener on Thursday night in New York, winning the No. 1 spot after a goaltender competition during... → Read More

Stars goaltending situation comes into focus with season opener looming Thursday

FRISCO — Finally, the Stars are down to two goaltenders. After entering training camp with four NHL goaltenders practicing, Dallas will head to New York... → Read More

After a brush with hockey mortality, Tyler Seguin is right back where the Stars need him to be

These days, in the bowels of the American Airlines Center or in the hallways of the Comerica Center or on any sheet of ice in North Texas, it’s hard to rob... → Read More

Stars’ logjam in net appears down to three candidates as regular season nears

With the preseason winding down and the regular season beginning next week, the Stars appear only slightly closer to solving their goaltending matrix. The... → Read More

After surviving latest cuts, Stars’ remaining roster hopefuls look to make a lasting impression

FRISCO — The Stars made another round of roster cuts Monday afternoon, leaving a handful of hopefuls still in Frisco for training camp. But only one... → Read More

Chemistry is key: Stars’ Rick Bowness must mesh tertiary pieces with duos that work

To Stars coach Rick Bowness, his team is in the final stage of the preseason. The Stars played their fourth preseason game Sunday night, taking on Arizona... → Read More

In the middle of Stars’ logjam at goaltender, Anton Khudobin’s embracing the competition

FRISCO — Anton Khudobin has been fighting for playing time his entire career. Just maybe not like this. Khudobin is the veteran in the Stars’ goaltending... → Read More

Four goalies, two spots: Stars’ race to play between the pipes is officially underway

Now, the goaltender competition begins. The Stars are about a week into training camp carrying four goaltenders for two positions, but beginning with... → Read More

Stars hoping improved depth, versatility keep power play units efficient throughout the season

FRISCO — Before the Stars team plane departed for a preseason game in St. Louis on Monday packed with a host of players either destined for the AHL or... → Read More

To help Dallas ‘win right now’, Stars captain Jamie Benn must evolve to meet changing expectations

FRISCO — Though Stars captain Jamie Benn’s production has dipped the last three seasons, coach Rick Bowness knows that the 32-year-old forward has one job. “... → Read More

Stars acquisition Ryan Suter could make for an intriguing wrinkle in John Klingberg’s massive season

FRISCO — John Klingberg understands the weight this upcoming season carries. Entering the final season of his seven-year contract, it could be his last in... → Read More

Dallas Stars players and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at NHL level, says GM Jim Nill

Every Stars player and staff member at the NHL level is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, general manager Jim Nill announced Thursday morning during the... → Read More

10 Stars camp storylines: Problems to solve in Dallas topped by question marks at goalie

The Dallas Stars are back. The Stars are back for training camp beginning on Thursday morning, sure, but the Stars’ stars are back. Tyler Seguin is back... → Read More