The nefarious looking clouds and rain moving through the metroplex this morning seem to echo the mood of a city that was punched in the gut by the abrupt end to the World Series last night, but it could be good news for the Dallas Stars.
No game six tomorrow means people will finally be free to let their sports attentions wander a bit to ice hockey and the Pittsburgh Penguins, who will make a rare stop in Dallas tomorrow night. The baseball game would have taken the luster off what is one of the "marquee" home dates for the Stars this season but a sell-out is hopefully back on the table. Who would have ever considered Texas Ranger baseball on November 3rd when constructing the schedule in June?
Meanwhile there is very little news on the ice. Lines will be the same from the Buffalo game. Injuries are suspiciously and unusually non-existent. (Knock on wood). The three day break is great for the players that need the occasional "maintenance day" like Kari Lehtonen and Brad Richards.
- The Stars aren't any better off than last year, point-wise, but Mike Heika says they have more confidence this go-around. [Dallasnews.com]
- When Gary Roberts talks he always makes me feel like a fat, out of shape, sack of something-rather. He's been around the team and will travel to Cedar Park and parts beyond teaching more than just James Neal how to do "curls for the girls." Dallasstars.com has a good feature on him.
- Ivan Vishnevskiy is still in the AHL, playing for Chicago's affiliate and helping other young Russian players adjust to life in North America. Not much mention there of his future in the NHL. [theahl.com]
- The Stars continue their drop in the power rankings [Yahoo!]
- Rich Durrett says the Rangers can learn from the steps the Stars took before winning the Stanley Cup. [ESPN Dallas]
- The Windsor Star has a good piece on what life is like with the Windsor Spitfires. Jack Campbell and friends will be taking in a Blue Jackets game tonight, evidently. [Windsor Star]
- Speaking of Stars goaltenders in the system, Mark Stepneski has an Idaho Steelheads update and Tyler Beskorowany's save percentage is looking good. [ESPN Dallas]
- The Penguins were hoping to get Jordan Staal back tomorrow night in Dallas but he'll miss up to six weeks with a broken hand he suffered while practicing in North Texas. [Fanhouse]
- Aren't you glad we're going to stop talking about the Texas Rangers now?