There are always core guys, whether on the ice or in the locker room or both, that hurt to see get injured. Stephane Robidas is one of those guys for the Dallas Stars. Ryan Garbutt, who had quite the run during this homestand with five points (3g, 2a) in the past three games, said post-game that he really wanted to win this one for his fallen teammate. "I thought all the guys played hard for him tonight and it was unfortunate we couldn't get the win."
It was a sentiment that was echoed all over the organization.
"I actually sent a picture of him when he scored the other night, and he was in (Brenden Dillon's) arms and I told him that Diller said he would carry you the rest of the year." [Sports Day DFW]
Ruff was on the pre-game show on the radio and followed up that same story with a typical Robidas response -- basically he said that Dillon had been carrying him for the past two years.
The affection between that pair off the ice led to a strong pair that communicated well on the ice together. They've been Dallas' most effective, most efficient, most consistent defensive pairing on a blueline that has had pairings shifted around to find chemistry.
The loss of Robidas' big defensive minutes opened the door for Jamie Oleksiak to get his first NHL start of the season. The rookie blueliner had a decent outing last night with about 18 minutes of ice time, no shots on net and an even rating. He saw some time out on the penalty kill, which is where a lot of Robidas' minutes were spent. The Stars penalty kill went 6-for-6 last night, and Oleksiak didn't look out of place in that role for the most part.
- More thoughts on last night's game. [Stars Inside Edge] [Dallas Morning News]
- Tyler Seguin will make the trip with the team this week when they go to Chicago and Toronto. [Dallas Morning News]
- Ilya Bryzgalov will be re-evaluated when the Edmonton Oilers return home. [NHL.com]
- Former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson returned to Ottawa for the first time after signing with the Detroit Red Wings. It made me wonder about how former Stars captain Brenden Morrow will be remembered when he returns to Dallas after being traded last year. Everyone has December 29th circled on the calendar, right? [Ottawa Sun]
- Given what comments Stars general manager Jim Nill has said previously about social media, I thought this was worthy of inclusion here today. Evander Kane of the Winnipeg Jets had a little fun on Instagram while in New York this weekend. I'm presenting this without comment so you can decide for yourself what you think about it. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
- Know thine enemy part I: the Chicago Blackhawks have potentially found their second line center. [Second City Hockey]
- Know thine enemy part II: a really interesting Q&A with former Blackhawks player Jamal Mayers on his transition to the media side and his thoughts on the current team. [ESPN Chicago]
- Every now and then, a hockey player does something that just melts your heart. This is one of those times. [Vancouver Canucks]