9:59 AM EST, Thu February 21, 2019
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Texas Stars Wrap Up: On the Road Again

Texas Stars Wrap Up: On the Road Again

February has been a month largely dominated by road trips for the Texas Stars. It’s also been a time to shine for Philippe Desrosiers. Joel L’Esperance and Landon Bow are in Dallas. They’ve been called up by the Dallas Stars, with L’Esperance the leading goal scorer in the AHL and Bow having been Texas’s best goaltender the entire season. Bow has now played in two NHL games, his most recent coming in relief on February 14 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. L’Esperance has also played in two NHL games, though he has just two shots and has yet to register a point. L’Esperance...
2 hours ago
Thursday Links: Roope Hintz, Ready For The NHL

Thursday Links: Roope Hintz, Ready For The NHL

“He looks like he belongs here,” says Jim Montgomery. Plus, tracking the trade deadline, monitoring the Central, and more. It looks as if Roope Hintz is staying off the Cedar Park shuttle for good. The 22-year-old forward, until recently a Texas Stars standout, has found his stride in the NHL. On a Dallas Stars team that desperately needs more offense, head coach Jim Montgomery recognizes game in his other Finnish rookie: “He’s just someone who’s adding to our being a more dynamic offensive team, and he’s very responsible defensively,” Montgomery said. “His speed and his...
21 hours ago
Afterwords: Three Goals, Three Losses, and More Questions

Afterwords: Three Goals, Three Losses, and More Questions

In a bit of a track meet, Dallas found that even a fast second place is still losing. Time is running out to make this team less incomplete, but thankfully, the West is every bit as bad as it’s been lately. Mediocrity rewarded! *** Tuesday’s loss was relieving in a lot of ways. It was a relief to see the team score goals again, to have the goals come from players like Spezza and Lindell, and to see the Stars sort of keep up with the Predators, whom they might face in the playoffs, should probability dictate the future. A loss is bad, of course. But I remember an NHL coach once talking...
Feb 20, 2019
Trade Deadline Targets: Dallas a “Stealth” Contender For Artemi Panarin

Trade Deadline Targets: Dallas a “Stealth” Contender For Artemi Panarin

If the Stars want to swing big this trade deadline, why not try to catch the biggest fish of all? Last Friday, I talked about one of the biggest trade deadline names out there, Matt Duchene, and whether or not the Dallas Stars should trade for him. While I felt that Duchene was a great fit in Dallas on paper, I ultimately thought the price would be too high for a rental who was unlikely to re-sign. Today, I want you to take everything I said in that piece and throw it out the window. We’re locking up that Tyler in a closet and not letting him come out till after the deadline. Let’s...
Feb 20, 2019
Wednesday Links: Stars’ Losing Streak Extends To Three

Wednesday Links: Stars’ Losing Streak Extends To Three

At least they play in the West. Plus, NHL trade deadline talk, and that’s pretty much it. The Dallas Stars squared off against the Nashville Predators for the last time this season, and the result was a tad disappointing. But if you want to pout, go comment over at the recap. Here at Links, we’re just going to be happy that Dallas remembered how to score. And what better way to celebrate that than to watch highlights? Here’s the first goal, involving Jason Spezza just doing his thing: Smooth as butter. #GoStars pic.twitter.com/9W3UYERiKq— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 20,...
Feb 20, 2019
Stars Finally Score Some Goals, But Predators Walk Away The Winners

Stars Finally Score Some Goals, But Predators Walk Away The Winners

The losing streak extends to three straight for the Dallas Stars. After back-to-back games in which the Dallas Stars offense was completely non-existent, the Dallas Stars were due for an entertaining game. In the friendlier confines of the American Airlines Center, their fans got exactly that. The final regular season match-up between the Nashville Predators and the Dallas Stars was fast-paced, it was physical, and honestly felt like a playoff game. It isn’t beyond the realm of possibility that these two teams could see one another in the first round, either. Right now it’s looking like...
Feb 19, 2019
Gameday Thread: Stars vs Predators (7:30 PM CST)

Gameday Thread: Stars vs Predators (7:30 PM CST)

The final matchup of these two teams in the regular season comes in the same month they’ve faced off against each other three times. Gameday: Dallas Stars vs Nashville Predators Location: American Airlines Center (Dallas, TX)Puck Drop: 7:30 PM CSTTV: FSSWRadio: 1310 AM / 96.7 FM The TicketOnline: Fox Sports Go app / theticket.com When Antoin Khudobin makes that first big save and he starts to get into the Predators’ heads.
Feb 19, 2019
Dallas Stars Open Critical Home Stand Against Nashville Predators

Dallas Stars Open Critical Home Stand Against Nashville Predators

A late February home stand with playoff-caliber opponents could solidify the Stars’ place in the postseason or drop them into the middle of the scrum. If the Dallas Stars’ offense want reinforcements at the trade deadline, the last two games provided solid evidence that the help is needed. The first six games in February (4-1-1) saw a three goal-a-game pace, but Andrei Vasilevskiy and Petr Mrazek put an end to the fantasy that scoring issues were resolved. The remaining six February games do not offer many breaks. Three home games are followed by three road games, and all but the...
Feb 19, 2019
Stars Entering Critical Stretch with No Answer on Offense

Stars Entering Critical Stretch with No Answer on Offense

The season-long drama that is the Stars offense has yet to be constructively addressed. With the team entering a tough home stand and another road trip, waiting for the deadline shouldn’t have been an option. The Dallas Stars and their lack of production on offense has been a season-long drama that shows no signs of relenting anytime soon. Rock bottom for the offense came on this last road trip where the league-best Tampa Bay Lightning rocked the club 6-0 and the Carolina Hurricanes buried any talk of turning it into a respectable trip for the Stars with a frustrating 3-0 win. Two...
Feb 19, 2019
Dallas Stars Prospect Update: Philippe Desrosiers Fighting For His Spot In The Organization

Dallas Stars Prospect Update: Philippe Desrosiers Fighting For His Spot In The Organization

Elsewhere: Curtis Douglas records a four-point night, Jake Oettinger earns a shutout in his 100th NCAA game. Being a professional hockey goaltender is a cutthroat lifestyle. Unlike being a forward (where there are usually 12 to 15 job openings per team) or a defenseman (usually six to eight spots), the number of goalie jobs available per club is two — maybe three, in some unusual circumstances. It’s not enough to simply be good — to have to be near the top of your class, better than the others who are gunning for those few precious roster spots. That’s the world that Dallas Stars...
Feb 19, 2019
Tuesday Links: Stars Fans Want TDL Action

Tuesday Links: Stars Fans Want TDL Action

Season ticket holders may make renewal decisions based on it, Sean Shapiro reports. Plus, get to know Joel L’Esperance, be careful what you wish for at the TDL, and more. The Dallas Stars are in playoff position in February, and Stars fans once again wonder if it can last. And some of their best supporters may base their ticket-buying decisions on what the team does, or doesn’t do, at the NHL trade deadline. Sean Shapiro of The Athletic DFW chased a random mailbag comment to survey 100 anonymous correspondents with some form of season-ticket plan. He found a mixture of confidence and...
Feb 18, 2019
That Boy Is Right: Dallas Stars Should Look in Unexpected Places for Help

That Boy Is Right: Dallas Stars Should Look in Unexpected Places for Help

The optics are terrible, but so is Dallas’ offense. A low-cost move for an awful contract would improve the Stars. A high-cost move for an awful contract and high-end rental would make them a contender. A few weeks ago I argued that the Dallas Stars should make a move for Milan Lucic. Sort of. Lucic himself was irrelevant beyond being a mechanism I could use to make a larger point about Dallas’ ability to ingest a rough contract in pursuit of a larger benefit. This time, however, I am dead serious. As the trade deadline approaches, and as they stare down the barrel of back-to-back...
Feb 18, 2019
Monday Links: Mike Modano to Potentially Join the Minnesota Wild

Monday Links: Mike Modano to Potentially Join the Minnesota Wild

The Stars’ Legend might be returning to Minnesota to join the Wild in some capacity. Plus, the Blues keep soaring, Don Cherry doesn’t like fun, and more. After spending time away in Arizona with his wife and family, it seems like Mike Modano is potentially returning to the NHL. The Hockey Hall of Famer would not, however, be rejoining the Dallas Stars organization, but will instead be joining the Minnesota Wild: [Modano] has hung around the Wild a handful of times the past three months. According to sources, Modano met with Wild owner Craig Leipold and his brain trust, including team...
Feb 16, 2019
Recap: Stars Shut Out By Hurricanes To Wrap Up A Frustrating Road Trip

Recap: Stars Shut Out By Hurricanes To Wrap Up A Frustrating Road Trip

The Victory Green Gang looked fast and dominant, expect on the scoreboard, again. The Dallas Stars limped to the end of an unproductive five-game road trip in Raleigh. Coming off a 6-0 shellacking by the best team in the league, they were facing arguably the hottest team in the league. What could go wrong? As it turns out, the usual. The Stars, notably bad at coming back from an early deficit, gave up two goals to the Carolina Hurricanes in the first half of the first period. After that, it was pretty much a slog to nowhere, even though it was sporadically fun to watch. In search of depth...
Feb 16, 2019
Gameday Thread: Stars @ Hurricanes (7PM CST)

Gameday Thread: Stars @ Hurricanes (7PM CST)

The Stars look to rebound tonight. Dallas Stars @ Carolina Hurricanes Location: PNC Arena (Raleigh, North Carolina)Puck Drop: 7 p.m. CSTTV: FSSW, FSCRRadio: 1310 am/ 96.7 The TicketOnline: Theticket.com/ Fox Sports Go App