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Defending Big D Dec 6, 2018
Thursday Links: Esa Lindell Skates Into The Spotlight

Thursday Links: Esa Lindell Skates Into The Spotlight

The defender has stepped up in partner John Klingberg’s absence. Plus, the Miro Heiskanen hype train chugs on, Canada welcomes Seattle, and more. If the Dallas Stars’ defense has survived and occasionally thrived in John Klingberg’s absence, you can thank his regular partner, Esa Lindell. The 24-year-old Finn has stepped out of Klingberg’s long shadow in the past few weeks. And he’s finally getting credit for being the player he’s been all along, writes Mike Heika: “He’s taken a huge step. He’s a monster for us right now,” said winger Brett Ritchie, who had a goal and...
SportsDay Dec 5, 2018
Q&A: Stars assistant coach Todd Nelson on a resurgent power play, feeling pressure and Tyler Seguin's celebration

Q&A: Stars assistant coach Todd Nelson on a resurgent power play, feeling pressure and Tyler Seguin's celebration

FRISCO -- For the first five games of the Stars season, assistant coach Todd Nelson was flying high. He coaches Dallas' power play, and his unit came out of the chute firing, scoring seven times in the opening five games, plugging away at a 46.7 percent clip.With top-end talent like Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov, plus an elite player like John Klingberg distributing the puck at the point, the Stars power play looked every bit as top-end as the numbers showed. But staggered injuries to Radulov and Klingberg ruined the momentum, and the unit slumped into a drought.Across the...
SportsDay Dec 1, 2018
Early Christmas gift? Stars' Jim Montgomery gives potential return date for John Klingberg, Connor Carrick

Early Christmas gift? Stars' Jim Montgomery gives potential return date for John Klingberg, Connor Carrick

VANCOUVER, British Columbia --Dallas Stars head coach Jim Montgomery said on Saturday that Christmas would be a realistic target for defensemen John Klingberg and Connor Carrick to return from injuries.Klingberg has a broken hand and has missed the last 11 games. Carrick has a hairline fracture in his foot and has missed the last 17 games. Defenseman Marc Methot is undergoing further testing on his knee injury, and Montgomery was uncertain about a return for him at Christmas time."Could be earlier, could be later," Montgomery said of Methot. "It's one of those unclear situations."Defenseman...
Defending Big D Nov 30, 2018
Friday Links: Missing John Klingberg

Friday Links: Missing John Klingberg

The Stars’ franchise D is the key to the power play, writes Sean Shapiro. Plus, Ben Bishop is ready, Patrik Laine hits 100, and more. Dallas Stars fans knew it would be a long, difficult four weeks without John Klingberg in the lineup. But even the professionals may have underestimated how important he is to the team, writes Sean Shapiro. The Ghost of Gothenburg has driven the power play like no other, Shapiro writes, and confirms it with HockeyViz work from Micah Blake McCurdy: For all the talent on the Stars’ power play, Klingberg was the true quarterback who made everything work from...
SportsDay Nov 23, 2018
Despite injuries to Stars defensemen, Julius Honka scratched against Senators

Despite injuries to Stars defensemen, Julius Honka scratched against Senators

In what should have been a golden opportunity to prove himself to the Stars organization, defenseman Julius Honka has not claimed a solid spot in the Dallas lineup and will be a healthy scratch Friday night against the Senators.With the Stars' defensive corps decimated by injuries (four NHL defensemen are hurt), Honka was in line for increased minutes. He was supposed to be playing around 20 minutes a night and potentially earn power-play time with John Klingberg on the shelf. As AHL defensemen cycled through the lineup, Honka could show the tools and promise that made him a first-round pick...
SportsDay Nov 18, 2018
Stars defenseman Esa Lindell was asked to shoot the puck more. He responded with a two-goal game

Stars defenseman Esa Lindell was asked to shoot the puck more. He responded with a two-goal game

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- The message got through to Esa Lindell. Just ask Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss.Prior to Friday night's win over Boston, Stars assistant coach Rick Bowness pulled Lindell aside and asked the 24-year-old to shoot the puck more. With John Klingberg sidelined by a hand injury, Lindell (and Miro Heiskanen) have absorbed more responsibility on the Stars blue line. That included on offense.Lindell scored two goals during Sunday's 6-2 win over the Islanders, the first career two-goal game for the steady Finnish defenseman. He did so by firing five shots on goal against New York...
Defending Big D Nov 17, 2018
Miro Heiskanen in Dallas: a Team Ready for the Rookie

Miro Heiskanen in Dallas: a Team Ready for the Rookie

The Dallas defense is in shambles due to injuries to key contributors. Rookie Miro Heiskanen has been arguably the best rookie in the league this year, but the Stars will need him to be more to survive this stretch. I can’t remember a time when one player group for the Dallas Stars has been so decimated by injury that it is conceivable for the team to ice half of an AHL defense corp. It has really gotten that bad and that crowded in the trainers’ room for the Dallas defense. In the tilt against the San Jose Sharks, bad went to worse and worse to catastrophic. John Klingberg, the all...
SportsDay Nov 17, 2018
Despite inexperienced defensemen on both sides, Stars-Bruins was an offensive struggle

Despite inexperienced defensemen on both sides, Stars-Bruins was an offensive struggle

A look at either blue line during Friday night's 1-0 Stars overtime win over the Bruins and there were bound to be unknowns on defense, recent residents AHL arenas in Cedar Park or Providence.Jakub Zboril? Gavin Bayreuther? Connor Clifton? Joel Hanley? Jeremy Lauzon?Both the Bruins and Stars entered Friday night bruised on defense, shaken by a rash of injuries that ravaged their depth and forced both Boston and Dallas into reaching deep into their organization. Big names like John Klingberg and Zdeno Chara and Charlie McAvoy were among the 10 total defensemen missing on Friday night -- six...
SportsDay Nov 16, 2018
Jason Dickinson plays OT hero again in Stars' chippy victory over Bruins

Jason Dickinson plays OT hero again in Stars' chippy victory over Bruins

A look at either blue line during Friday night's 1-0 Stars overtime win over the Bruins and there were bound to be unknowns on defense, such as recent residents of AHL arenas in Cedar Park or Providence -- Zboril? Bayreuther? Clifton? Hanley? Lauzon?Both the Bruins and Stars entered Friday night bruised on defense, shaken by a rash of injuries that ravaged their depth and forced both Boston and Dallas to reach deep into their organization. Big names like John Klingberg and Zdeno Chara and Charlie McAvoy were among the 10 total defensemen missing on Friday night -- six Bruins and four...
SportsDay Nov 16, 2018
Stars coach Jim Montgomery on injured defenseman John Klingberg's timetable for return:

Stars coach Jim Montgomery on injured defenseman John Klingberg's timetable for return: "If it's six weeks, I'd take the deal right now"

Stars defenseman John Klingberg may be out longer than initially expected.Klingberg, who broke his hand against San Jose on Nov. 8, had surgery last week and was to miss at least four weeks. On Friday morning, Stars coach Jim Montgomery said Klingberg would be out for at least five weeks."If it's six weeks, I'd take the deal right now," Montgomery said.Klingberg is the Stars' Norris Trophy candidate and No. 1 defenseman, the player who ran the Dallas power play and already scored five goals in the season's opening 16 games. He was earning more time on the penalty kill and was a perfect fit...
Defending Big D Nov 16, 2018
Friday Links: Behind The Scenes With Klinger’s Kids

Friday Links: Behind The Scenes With Klinger’s Kids

“Uncle John” talks about the cause that connects him to the community. Plus, Bayreuther’s Dallas debut, Dobby takes the Dr Pepper Throne, NHL injuries are everywhere, and more. The Dallas Stars are missing John Klingberg on the ice, but it’s a good time to measure his impact off of it. Sean Shapiro of The Athletic DFW has devoted a feature to John Boy’s community charity, Klinger’s Kids, and to the brave children it serves: Twice a month Klingberg sits down with a committee from the Dallas Stars Foundation, which has a list of children with life-threatening illnesses. The child...
SportsDay Nov 15, 2018
Ranking the Stars' defensemen in terms of importance while John Klingberg remains sidelined

Ranking the Stars' defensemen in terms of importance while John Klingberg remains sidelined

Matthew DeFranks, Stars beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered your questions about the team in a live chat Wednesday. Here are some highlights:Q: Could anyone replace a guy like Klingberg? At least we've got Miro...DeFranks: On the Stars' current roster, there are no perfect replacements for John Klingberg. He does so much for them not only offensively at the blue, but also during the power play and breaking the puck out. He's started to kill penalties more this season and although that's still a developing part of his game, the Stars must replace another...
Defending Big D Nov 12, 2018
Radulov and Khudobin Dazzle But Stars Fall Short Again

Radulov and Khudobin Dazzle But Stars Fall Short Again

In a game riddled with penalties and flaring tempers, the Stars couldn’t gain the upper hand against Columbus. The Dallas Stars faced off tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second time in a week. Plagued by injuries (mostly notably blueliner John Klingberg’s absence for the next four weeks), the Stars hoped to earn a critical two points against the Blue Jackets, who are currently top of the Metropolitan Division. With the return of Alexander Radulov to the lineup, the Stars were looking to get more goals past Sergei Bobrovsky than their previous meeting — they only...

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