3:03 AM EST, Sat December 15, 2018
8 hours ago
Denis Gurianov Recalled from Texas, Should Play in Colorado Saturday as Stars’ Scoring Woes Fester

Denis Gurianov Recalled from Texas, Should Play in Colorado Saturday as Stars’ Scoring Woes Fester

The Stars’ offense is in a big rut this year. Let’s see if their top scoring prospect can break them out of it. With the Stars struggling to generate offense for too much of the season, and particularly on this three-game losing streak, Jim Nill has pulled the trigger on asking if the next wave of Dallas’s depth can give them more than many of their NHLers have given them so far. Denis Gurianov has been recalled to the NHL prior to Dallas’s final game of the road trip in Colorado on Saturday. He will play. Gurianov is on a scoring tear lately, and he’s put up 28 points in 23...
17 hours ago
Afterwords: Losing Streak, Ahoy!

Afterwords: Losing Streak, Ahoy!

Losing streaks aren’t exactly optimal at the best of times. This is not the best of times. The question was put to me by a friend last week, “Are we sure we still love hockey?” You tell me. *** First, an exhibition: Jim Montgomery: "Chances were almost even. Shots were almost even. They get that shot off a shinpad that goes to Thornton on the back door for an empty net goal. We didn’t get that bounce."— Matthew DeFranks (@MDeFranks) December 14, 2018 Now, sure; it’s not the same thing as a puck on the tape, like Thornton more or less got for what ended up...
20 hours ago
Friday Links: What The Stars Miss Most About John Klingberg

Friday Links: What The Stars Miss Most About John Klingberg

Matthew DeFranks checks the tape to pinpoint what they need, and aren’t getting, from other defenders. Plus, your daily dose of Heiskanen hype, Andrei Vasilevskiy’s big return, and more. It seems like forever since John Klingberg has graced the ice. Ask the Dallas Stars, who certainly miss him more than you or I – because right now they don’t have a defender who can match his flair for making a smooth exit from his own zone. The Dallas Morning News’ Matthew DeFranks went to the film room to see how the Stars are performing on breakouts during a disappointing West Coast road trip....
Dec 14, 2018
Stars Fail To Complete Comeback, Lose 3-2 in San Jose

Stars Fail To Complete Comeback, Lose 3-2 in San Jose

The Stars are now 0-3 on their road trip after yet another disappointing loss in California. Coming off of a collapse in the third period last night against the Anaheim Ducks, the Dallas Stars looked to bounce back tonight by completing a series sweep against the San Jose Sharks. Instead, the team fell short yet again in California, dropping to 0-3 on their current road trip. After a slow first period that featured only eight shots on net combined, the Stars jumped out to a 1-0 lead early in the second thanks to Radek Faksa and two other former first rounders, Valeri Nichushkin and Julius...
Dec 13, 2018
Gameday Thread: Stars @ Sharks (9:30 PM CST)

Gameday Thread: Stars @ Sharks (9:30 PM CST)

It’s going to be better than last night... right? Gameday Thread: Dallas Stars @ San Jose Sharks Puck Drop: 9:30 PM CST Location: Honda Center Watch: FSSW Radio: 1310 AM / 96.7 FM The Ticket Online: theticket.com / Fox Sports Go app
Dec 13, 2018
Stars Look To Avoid Skid On West Coast Swing As They Face Off With The Sharks Tonight

Stars Look To Avoid Skid On West Coast Swing As They Face Off With The Sharks Tonight

One week ago, the Stars beat the Sharks for their 4th win in a row. Two losses to open a West Coast road swing has now brought them back to earth. Last week, the Dallas Stars looked like a team on the rise, beating the San Jose Sharks 3-2 to extend their winning streak to four games. One week later, after a case of the “Vegas Flu” and 20 minutes of (good) hockey against the Anaheim Ducks, the team faces the second night of a back-to-back with a myriad of questions. Their platoon of AHL defenders, who have spent much of the time overachieving since John Klingberg took an Evander Kane...
Dec 13, 2018
Afterwords: Two Embarrassing Periods>One Dominant One

Afterwords: Two Embarrassing Periods>One Dominant One

Gross I had a friend during high school who played this song every time you got in his car. Kind of how games at Honda Center always feel like the roof is going to collapse any minute. *** If watching the second period of Stars/Ducks game this year has been a wonderful treat, then watching the first and third period of this game was like being forced to help a not-that-close friend move, never getting any pizza, and then getting stuck inside their garage with an old cat messing itself for three hours. We’ll have more details on this swing through the Pacific after tomorrow night’s...
Dec 13, 2018
Thursday Links: Heiskanen Exceeding Expectations

Thursday Links: Heiskanen Exceeding Expectations

The Stars’ rookie defenseman gets some time in the national spotlight after a strong start to his NHL career. Plus, upcoming problems for various Central teams, trade discussions, and more. Most NHL fans aren’t that familiar with Dallas Stars rookie defenseman Miro Heiskanen. When it comes to the Calder Trophy race, they’re most likely too busy watching Elias Pettersson highlights or checking the most recent statline for 2018 1st overall pick Rasmus Dahlin. But when it comes to the various analysts and writers covering the NHL, Heiskanen’s spectacular start to his NHL career has not...
Dec 13, 2018
Dallas Drop Decision Against Ducks

Dallas Drop Decision Against Ducks

With the chance to sweep the Ducks for the season, the Stars . . . didn’t. The western road trip continues as the Dallas Stars visit California and the Anaheim Ducks for their second of four away from home ice and the American Airlines Center. This is the third of three games against the Ducks this season and the only one played in the Honda Center. The Stars have won the previous two outings with scores of 5-3 and 5-2, chasing John Gibson out of the goal in favor of Ryan Miller in the first of those games. Lest you get too excited about the probable outcome of this game, the Stars have...
Dec 12, 2018
Gameday Thread: Stars at Ducks

Gameday Thread: Stars at Ducks

Now the Ducks have Adam Cracknell and it just doesn’t seem fair. Gameday Thread: Dallas Stars @ Anaheim Ducks Puck Drop: 9 PM CST Location: Honda Center Watch: FSSW+ Radio: 1310 AM / 96.7 FM The Ticket Online: theticket.com / Fox Sports Go app
Dec 12, 2018
Duck Season Ends Early As Stars Hunt For Sweep

Duck Season Ends Early As Stars Hunt For Sweep

Familiar fowl try to fight back after two blowouts at the AAC [Editor’s Note: We welcome Mark Zimmerman to the Defending Big D contingent, as he makes his season debut with this preview of tonight’s game. A long-time Stars fan, Mark is based on the west coast and unfortunately has to hear a lot about the Ducks everyday.] The Honda Center has not been a friendly place for the Dallas Stars of late. In fact, the last time that the Stars won in Anaheim was April 5, 2015 when Jhonas Enroth posted his lone shutout for the team. Statistically, the Stars have had two of their most productive...
Dec 12, 2018
Myth Mode: Offensive Inconsistency, Team Success, and Jamie Benn

Myth Mode: Offensive Inconsistency, Team Success, and Jamie Benn

We’ve all read the stories. Jamie Benn goes cold every season, like clockwork. Fans lament as the 0-fer games pile up, but should they? More to the point, is Jamie Benn streaky, relative to his peers across the league? This article began to rattle around in my brain around Thanksgiving. The week before, specifically, after the Dallas Stars suffered back-to-back losses to the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins. Jamie Benn skated off the ice that night in Pittsburgh without a goal. It was the Dallas captain’s seventh consecutive goose-egg. His seasonal slump, my turkey-enhanced gut...
Dec 12, 2018
Wednesday Links: How The Stars Find Their Peak Play Levels

Wednesday Links: How The Stars Find Their Peak Play Levels

It’s different for each of them, and Saad Yousuf asked why. Plus, Dave Tippett in Seattle, Texas Stars in the community, and more. The Dallas Stars, like every other team, are made up of individuals, all of whom prepare and escalate their play in different ways. What effect does that have on the stat line? Saad Yousuf of The Athletic DFW started his latest article by taking a look at an interesting factoid: The Stars consistently win the second period. In fact, it’s the only period they win consistently. One would assume that players’ bodies are at their freshest in the opening...
Dec 11, 2018
Dallas Stars Prospect Update: Jermaine Loewen Focusing On Growth, On And Off The Ice

Dallas Stars Prospect Update: Jermaine Loewen Focusing On Growth, On And Off The Ice

Elsewhere: Jason Robertson continues torching the OHL and Brett Davis is adjusting well with his new team It’s not often that a 7th-round pick becomes one of the most talked-about members of an NHL team’s brand new draft class, but that was certainly the case with Dallas Stars prospect Jermaine Loewen this past June. There were plenty of reasons to like and talk about Loewen based off of his on-ice play. The 6-foot-4 winger was coming off of an impressive 36-goal, 64-point season with the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers, leading his team in both categories. But it was his off-ice story that...
Dec 11, 2018
Tuesday Links: Seguin Making Lasting Impact on Community

Tuesday Links: Seguin Making Lasting Impact on Community

The Stars’ center has done his best to help and interact with the DFW community, especially through youth programs. Plus, Calder Trophy talk, the most surprising players this season, and more. When the Dallas Stars traded for Tyler Seguin back in the summer of 2013, there were several concerns about the young center’s character. He had a reputation as a young partier, which was one of the few reasons the Boston Bruins had chosen to move on from their former second-overall draft pick. Seguin never wanted such labels to be attached to him, so when he moved to Dallas, he wanted things to...