It might not involve Christmas sweaters or comedy, at least of the intentional type, but your Dallas Stars would like to wish you a happy holidays, video style.
Yes, I know, they bounced back with a nice 6-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Friday, and there's any number of hockey storylines to follow up on, like the health of Sheldon Souray and the impressive play of Mike RIbeiro.
But given most people are probably in a holiday mood today, I figured this video need to go above the fold, so to speak. So your Dallas Stars present a dramatic reading of Clement C. Moore's "A Visit from St. Nicholas."
This was clearly filmed sometime in November, at least for the players like Vernon Fiddler and Steve Ott and their wonderful mustaches. But I love that they worked new arrival Richard Bachman into the lineup and featured several members of the rarely seen support staff.
After the jump, more on Friday's win over the Predators, a quick update on what chased Souray from the ice and where do you buy hockey sticks for your 6-foot-7 son?
- There are lots of things to dislike about how the Stars got to their 6-3 victory over Nashville. But, as Mike Heika writes in this paywalled article, this team seems to be trying to prove style points don't matter. [DallasNews.com]
- The bit of less-than-pleasant news, beyond the continued struggles of the penalty kill, was the fact that Sheldon Souray left with what is being called a twisted ankle. [ESPN Dallas]
- Our friends over at On The Forecheck break down how the Stars managed to hold off the comeback-happy Preds a night after they rallied from a three-goal deficit against the Columbus Blue Jackets. [On The Forecheck]
- Pekka Rinne getting pulled and the issues with early goals against are the focus of this game story from the Nashville paper. [The Tennessean]
- Not to be lost in the shuffle of last night's game is the story of Vernon Fiddler, an undrafted free agent who climbed the minor league ranks in Nashville before emerging as a great third-line NHL guy. [DallasNews.com]
- What would Santa leave under the tree for each of the NHL teams? [Yahoo]
- This article raises then answers several intriguing questions about Jamie Oleksiak. For instance, how much flex does a player of his frame use, and where the heck does he find sticks? Also, there's a quality quote about ankles in here for your amusement. [Toronto Star]
- Around the Pacific Division: Well, there's good news and bad news. The good is that the St. Louis Blues managed to hold on to a third period lead against the Phoenix Coyotes for a 3-2 regulation win. The bad news is that yet another division game went to extra time as the San Jose Sharks took a 2-1 shootout victory over the Los Angeles Kings. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch/San Jose Mercury News]
- I promise I will get back to your normally scheduled post-game interviews after the holidays (which, since there will be no links tomorrow, will be quite soon). But I'm a Christmas-light junkie, and even though the Buffalo Sabres and Dallas Stars have a checkered past, this was too cool to pass up for today.