Road games for Dallas Stars at reasonable start time in new geographically friendly division

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The new-look Dallas Stars will be competing in a more geographically friendly division after announcing its 2013-2014 schedule on Friday.

The National Hockey League approved a new realignment and division-based playoff format that put Dallas in the Central Division with defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago, Colorado, Minnesota, Nashville and Winnipeg. Most of those road games will begin between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. as opposed to the 9 p.m. and later starts when the Stars were in the Pacific Division.

The league now has two eight-team divisions in the Eastern Conference and two seven-team divisions in the Western Conference.

Dallas opens the regular season at home against Florida on Oct. 3. The NHL season begins on Oct. 1. The Olympic break is Feb. 9-25. The last day of the regular season is April 13, with the Stanley Cup playoffs starting April 16.

The Stars hired a new general manager, Jim Nill, and a new head coach, Lindy Ruff, in the off-season after missing the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. The club also introduced new uniforms and announced it would be holding its training camp in Fort Worth.

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