10:44 PM EST, Tue November 21, 2017
2 hours ago
Gameday Thread: Dallas Stars vs. Montreal Canadiens (7:30 CST)

Gameday Thread: Dallas Stars vs. Montreal Canadiens (7:30 CST)

The Benn Brothers Are Back Together The Stars and Canadiens are finally meeting up for the first time since this summer. Jordie and Jamie Benn’s parents will be watching. Charlie Lindgren will be playing goalie. Antti Niemi will be on the bench, to begin things. Joe Morrow and David Schlemko (injured) could be rounding out the half of the Montreal blue line that passed through Dallas at one point in their career. Could you have imagined, four years ago, that Joe Morrow and Maxime Lagace would be playing NHL hockey today while Val Nichushkin and Jack Campbell are not? Man, things are crazy...
12 hours ago
Dallas Stars Daily Links: A Quarter Season Breakdown

Dallas Stars Daily Links: A Quarter Season Breakdown

A news-filled Monday for the Stars. Plus, NHL awards, suspensions, and Zdano Chara is old. Watching the Stars at home versus watching them on the road this season has been like watching two completely different teams. They’ve been fairly dominant at the AAC with a 7-2-0 home record, and fairly dominated on the road, posting a 3-7-1 mark. They’ve been in several of the road losses for stretches of the game, but many of the contests have turned due to short stints of pretty blah play. They’re very aware of the way things have gone and know that they can’t keep it up if they want...
15 hours ago
Stars Hope to Rekindle Magic Against Canadiens

Stars Hope to Rekindle Magic Against Canadiens

Things went so well against the Oilers, please let this be an upswing. The Stars play the second of two home games tonight against the Montreal Canadiens before heading back out on the road. Home ice advantage has been kind to them this year, their record is currently 7-2-0 in the American Airlines Center. Four big points at home could be just the confidence they need to visit the Avalanche in Denver on Wednesday. Both teams are sixth in their division, though in the Eastern Conference that has the Canadiens further outside the playoff bubble than the Stars currently are at exactly five...
Nov 20, 2017
Dallas Stars Prospect Update: Ondrej Vala growing into an impact player

Dallas Stars Prospect Update: Ondrej Vala growing into an impact player

Elsewhere: Jake Oettinger get a shutout, Liam Hawel picking up the pace Scouting is, at best, an imperfect discipline. Every year at the NHL entry draft players that should get selected fall through the cracks. This happens for a variety of reasons: sometimes they weren’t scouted closely enough, sometimes they were late bloomers and later had standout seasons, sometimes a team likes a player but doesn’t have any draft picks remaining, and so on. The most important thing, though, is recognizing when you’ve missed a good prospect and taking steps to fix the problem. When it comes to...
Nov 20, 2017
Julius Honka Returning To Dallas, Mike McKenna Recalled

Julius Honka Returning To Dallas, Mike McKenna Recalled

The Stars recalled the young blueliner and veteran goaltender from the AHL. After struggling on the most recent road trip, and having issues with moving the puck from the defensive zone to the offensive zone for a number of games now, the Dallas Stars recalled Julius Honka from the Texas Stars. Of course, a recall doesn’t necessarily dictate that he will immediately get into the NHL lineup. But with the way the team has been playing recently, they couldn’t be much worse on the blueline. I think putting Honka in the lineup would actually improve their play with a defenseman that knows...
Nov 20, 2017
Dallas Stars 20 Through 20: The Good, the Bad, and the Weird

Dallas Stars 20 Through 20: The Good, the Bad, and the Weird

Twenty stats and observations that encapsulate the Dallas Stars 2017-2018 season through the first twenty. It’s probably disorienting for some Dallas Stars fans. We improved our goaltending. We improved our blueline. Benn and Seguin are still here. Radulov was added. Coaching was added. We even got BIGGER! Why aren’t we tearing through the league the way Tampa is now that they’re healthy like us? That’s what we’re here to find out - at least through the first 20. All #fancystats have been taken from Corsica.Hockey and Naturalstattrick. All #eyetest observations have been taken...
Nov 20, 2017
Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Stars And The “Greasy” Game

Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Stars And The “Greasy” Game

How will the team define the edgy, #gritty style Hitch seems to want? Plus, heroes and zeroes of 3-on-3, and Chance the Rapper’s Rangers-themed comedy. For the past few seasons, the Dallas Stars have been noted for a high-scoring, fast and furious style of play – and possibly for the fact that it never got them to a Stanley Cup final. Even so, it may be an adjustment for fans to think of them as a...well, “greasy” squad. Mike Heika of The Dallas Morning News talks with head coach Ken Hitchcock quite a bit, and he tries to explain what Hitch means when he says things like this: "You...
Nov 19, 2017
Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars’ Superb Saturday Showdown

Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars’ Superb Saturday Showdown

It’s always a great weekend when the Stars win. Plus, line brawls throughout history, a possible Texas rival, and more. Happy Sunday everyone! Apologies for the lack of links yesterday - matinee games throw the usual rhythm off track. So here’s the first (and hopefully last) Weekend Update, courtesy of Adam and myself! Dallas! Stars! In case you didn’t catch the game, here are a few of the Dallas Stars’ goals against the Edmonton Oilelrs yesterday. First up is Antoine Roussel opening up the scoring: It's true. Scoring really IS his passion. #GoStars...
Nov 18, 2017
Afterwords: Stars Rediscover Fun in Run and Gun Win

Afterwords: Stars Rediscover Fun in Run and Gun Win

I enjoyed this, mostly. Going into this game, it was tough to be positive. The Stars had been flagging of late, and after a winless road trip, it seemed like they were destined to help the Oilers find their groove, at last. We’ve found lots to gripe about in the line combinations, defense choices and performances, and the ice time allotments: Been that way for a while.Hitch is adamant that they can't survive with Benn-Seguin-Radulov loaded up on one line. I disagree, but I also think Jason Spezza would do fine as a second line center and that Radek Faksa needs more minutes (12:03)....
Nov 18, 2017
Opinion: Antoine Roussel Did A Dirty Thing Today

Opinion: Antoine Roussel Did A Dirty Thing Today

How about we not see that in the future? Antoine Roussel is beloved by Dallas Stars fans. In a town in which the “pest” on the team has always been beloved for their sacrifice-anything-for-the-team style of play (see: Ott, Steve), Roussel is often looked at with a “he’s a little s*it, but at least he’s ours!” mindset by many. Off the ice, Roussel has been a face of kindness. He always stops for a photo or an autograph, and he never seems put out by Stars fans approaching him when he isn’t working. He’s active in the community in terms of charity, and has made having a cat...
Nov 18, 2017
Dallas Stars Crush Edmonton Oilers 6-3 In Rare Offensive Outburst

Dallas Stars Crush Edmonton Oilers 6-3 In Rare Offensive Outburst

The Stars are fun again! (If even only for a day.) In my preview of the matchup between the Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers, I remarked upon how both teams were desperate for a win and could use the points. I opined that with each team’s given tendencies to date this season, with both struggling to score most nights and also struggling to limit their goals against at times, this game could have been a 2-1 goalie dual or a wild wild west style 5-3 game. The Stars and Oilers picked the wild wild west style today. This game had everything. It started with Dallas jumping out to a two goal...
Nov 18, 2017
Gameday Thread: Dallas Stars vs Edmonton Oilers (1 PM CST)

Gameday Thread: Dallas Stars vs Edmonton Oilers (1 PM CST)

Can they continue making hay at home? Let’s chat a little Dallas Stars vs Edmonton Oilers matinee hockey today.
Nov 18, 2017
Stars Return Home After Disappointing Road Trip

Stars Return Home After Disappointing Road Trip

At least the confines of the American Airlines Center have been kinder to the Dallas Stars this season. The road has not been kind to the Dallas Stars so far this season, and this last road trip wasn’t either. After collecting just one available point of the six possible in the three-game swing through some Eastern conference opponents, a return to the friendly confines of the American Airlines Center will be welcome. After all, Dallas is 6-2-0 on home ice. They’ll need to collect some points at home if the Stars wish to keep a playoff spot within shouting distance. And while it may...
Nov 17, 2017
Afterwords: Stars Lose Badly, Are Below .500, Might Be Bad

Afterwords: Stars Lose Badly, Are Below .500, Might Be Bad

But maybe they are just playing badly right now! Or maybe there are more things wrong. After the first period, Ben Bishop had put his team in a good position to win. Despite the Stars’ having spent most of those 20 minutes struggling to transition with any meaningful possession in the offensive zone, a couple of huge stops by the homecoming netminder had kept the Stars in it. After the second period, you had some doubts that the Stars would be coming back from a 3-1 deficit. The Brayden Point goal off a John Klingberg misplay was a dagger in any body of hope, and the Stars would end the...
Nov 17, 2017
Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Stars Have a Long Way to Go to Become Elite

Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Stars Have a Long Way to Go to Become Elite

Scott Burnside recounts the evidence in his latest Five Takeaways. Plus, a likely Tkachuk suspension, and a possible Houston expansion. To be fair, it didn’t look like a massacre until the second period. The Dallas Stars proved they could hang with the Tampa Bay Lightning, until they couldn’t – and then the yawning gap between the Stars and true competitiveness was on full display. In his latest Five Takeaways, Stars digital correspondent Scott Burnside breaks down the differences between the Lightning, who are one of the league’s elite teams, and the Stars, who are not: Critical...