With the Dallas Stars searching for something, anything that could give them enough of a boost to get them out of a five-game slide, coach Glen Gulutzan is now turning to the youngsters.
Tomas Vincour, who arrived in Dallas on Sunday, and defenseman Philip Larsen, who was called up several days ago but has not played in this NHL stint, will both be in the lineup today against the Edmonton Oilers at the AAC as the Stars try to feed off of their energy.
"They'll bring youthful energy," said Gulutzan, who coached both players with Texas of the AHL last season. "I know both those guys very well and I think they can help. We're at this point of the season where whatever it takes to make us better, we're going to do."
The team didn't practice Sunday, doing off-ice work and going over game film instead, so who they would replace in the lineup is unclear at this point. But maybe, hopefully, it will finally be the move to break through this epic drought.
After the jump, hey, did you hear this team got a new owner, more on tonight's game against the Edmonton Oilers and Bobby Ryan learns why you have to watch the puck all the way across the blue line.
- This is behind the DMN's paywall, and the top two grafs don't quite give me enough to tell you what it's really about. But the headline promises it's a Q&A with Tom Gaglardi, our savior and new owner. [DallasNews.com]
- And a look at where both teams stand heading into tonight's game. [ESPN Dallas]
- In a relatively amusing but lazy turn of events, Slam!Sports wrote an entire article about the resurgence of Sheldon Souray without talking to anyone in the Dallas organization. Nice job. [Slam!Sports]
- And the Edmonton Journal tells us why Souray's return will be a footnote in the greater scheme of the NHL on Monday as somebody named after an awesome Australian city makes his return for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Not quite sure who that is though. [Edmonton Journal]
- This looked like it was supposed to be behind the paywall but it was joyously free when I was looking for stories Sunday night. Mike Heika takes on why the Stars still have some leeway despite the recent losing streak, which is keeping people around the team from panicking just yet. [DallasNews.com]
- Meet the enemy, part the first: Young Oilers phenom Taylor Hall had been in a goal scoring drought for nine games. Then he met the Chicago Blackhawks. [Edmonton Journal]
- Meet the enemy, part the second: Our friends over at The Copper & Blue take on what the loss of Corey Potter for the next four weeks will mean to the Oil in their own, stats heavy style. [Copper & Blue]
- Around the Pacific Division: It was more of the same in the division on Sunday. The San Jose Sharks stayed hot with a 4-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche behind a Patrick Marleau hat trick while the Anaheim Ducks stayed ice cold by falling 4-2 to the Detroit Red Wings. [Yahoo/Yahoo]
- And speaking of those Ducks, Bobby Ryan got a tough lesson in premature celebration when Jimmy Howard dove back into the crease in the aforementioned game. [Puck Daddy]
- No longer threatening to go back to Saskatchewan, coach Glen Guluztan talks about what the team wants from Tomas Vincour and where he feels like his team's work rate is after Saturday's loss.