The Stars are back home after the most successful two-game road trip they could possibly have had, points-wise. They won't be content to just come home with a ho-hum and a yawn, though. In fact, the Stars will be taking a moment to remind us that there are some things bigger than hockey, as hard as that may be to believe.
In fact, for those at the game today, you'll get to celebrate a very special birthday. Per the Stars:
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Saturday Links means more than forty winks for most of us. Remember, don't stare at your phone, tablet or television right before going to bed. It will mess up your REM cycles and cause sleep issues long term.
The Texas Stars dropped a tough one last night to the Grand Rapids Griffins, as Jack Campbell surrendered an overtime goal with just 0.8 seconds to go. Overtime is not a friend of Texas so far this year, it seems. [100 Degree Hockey]
Mike Heika confirms that the Stars want to bring Klingberg along slowly, but they might do so by continuing to play him for 23+ minutes on the top pairing. That is technically slow, still, when compared to things like comets or photons. [DMN]
Mack Irwin, a student at St. Andrews in Scotland who writes for the Washington Post, says that the Stars need to improve their shot suppression on the blue line. He clearly wrote this piece BK (Before Klingberg), but it's still a very thorough look at expected results vs. actuals. Worth your time. Plus, Stars fodder at the Washington Post. [WP]
Razor had a lot to say in three minutes about the victory at Staples Center. [Stars]
Travis Moen is in Dallas, but he won't play today. Hemsky is indeed back in and practicing on what I guess is the third line. If Fiddler and McKenzie can't help him start scoring, then I don't know who can. (Lesser competition though, so that's something, I guess.) [DMN]
What would you say was Mike Modano's best season? The Hockey News looks at the top years for all the HOF inductees. [THN]
Blake Wheeler is Winnipeg's new best friend who isn't actually new to them. [THN]
If you're still hanging on to a nostalgic view of the enforcer, Sean McIndoe makes a compelling case for letting go. I still can't watch that Thornton video (and a couple of others) without a visceral reaction. [Grantland]
Arctic Ice Hockey is here to remind you that putting ads on hockey sweaters is a lazy way to raise revenue for the beleaguered league that is bringing in record profits already. [AIH]
Don't believe me that Lapointe was a French-Canadien Jim Halpert? Ask Bobby Hull!