Eighteen games into the season and the buzz surrounding John Klingberg is louder than ever. But does that mean the defenseman is starting to think about whether there's a Norris Trophy in his future? Mike Heika decided to ask.
"No, not at all, it's way too early," said Klingberg, who is now tied for fourth overall in NHL scoring. "I'm just glad the team is winning and I'm playing well."
"Playing well" might seem like a bit of an understatement, but coach Lindy Ruff pointed out that Klingberg's team-first mentality is commonplace in the Stars' locker room.
But Ruff said it won't be the players who are focused on the trophies.
"Those guys would rather talk about the wins than talk about the points. I think that's a great thing," Ruff said. "Without them doing what they're doing, we wouldn't be winning. There's a great feeling in the room. All of the team stuff is coming first. We don't have a lot of breakdowns, and we're showing a lot of composure. It's a powerful thing that's going on here right now."
For more, head to the link. [SportsDayDFW]
Bad news: It's Monday. Good news:
Some housekeeping numbers... The @DallasStars are now: 14-4 overall 7-2 at home 2-0 in OT 2-1 vs Central 29.8% on PP T-1st in NHL standings— Josh Bogorad (@JoshBogorad) November 15, 2015
As a matter of fact, I have more good news for y'all. The Stars' fearless PA announcenr Jeff K. will be heading to Reddit tonight at 8 p.m. to answer any and all of your questions.
ICYMI, Radek Faksa was reassigned to the Texas Stars in preparation for the return of Patrick Eaves and Travis Moen. [Stars]
The upcoming Goon 2—aka Tyler Seguin's movie debut—will explore the dwindling number of enforcers in hockey. [The Hockey News]
Julius Honka was a scratch in the Texas Stars' loss to the San Antonio Rampage on Sunday.
Julius Honka was healthy scratch since coach wanted him to watch game from different perspective. He'll be back in lineup Tuesday. #txstars— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) November 16, 2015
After Pittsburgh lost 4-0 to New Jersey on Saturday night, Evgeni Malkin did not hold back on what he thinks might be troubling the Penguins.
I asked Malkin what is wrong with the Penguins. He said: "Everything. We don't play right. We don't play hard. We're mad at each other."— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_PGH) November 15, 2015
If things aren't going as well for your fantasy hockey team as they are for the Stars, here are 20 thoughts that might help you out a little. [Sportsnet]
If this had happened in a Stars vs. Blues games, Razor would have yelled larceny several times.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Jonathan Bernier let in this shot from center ice in the Leafs' 4-3 loss to the Rangers last night.
Stepan scores from center ice pic.twitter.com/A7DFoipmps— Stephanie (@myregularface) November 16, 2015
And finally, I bet this week's Bud Light Frozen Moment won't come as a surprise.