As it turns out, that whole thing about sophomore slumps doesn't really apply to John Klingberg. The defenseman heads into tonight's game at Toronto on a seven-game point streak (two goals, seven assists), the longest by a Dallas Stars blueliner since Sergei Zubov's nine-game stretch back in 2006. And while Klingberg acknowledges that he can always do better, Mark Stepneski writes about what has been a strong start to his second season in the NHL.
In Thursday's overtime win over Vancouver, Klingberg set up the game-tying goal, eluding a defender, then sliding along the blue line and putting a shot on goal that Patrick Sharp tipped into the net.
"Klinger, you want the puck in his hands out there when you are trying to score," Sharp said. "He's so crafty, and he makes things happen."
The auspicious start to Klingberg's career hasn't come without consequences, though.
And Klingberg is following up a stellar rookie season with a solid start to his second NHL campaign. He's not a secret anymore. That means more attention from the opposition, but that doesn't seem to be slowing him down.
"I can feel it coming pretty hard at me at times," Klingberg said. "I think they are doing that on every puck moving defenseman. They can come pretty hard to disturb your offensive game. That is something we are going to have to be aware of, but it is nothing I am thinking about."
To read more nice things about Klingberg, head over to the link. [Stars Inside Edge]
To help prepare for a four-game road trip, Dallas called up Devin Shore, who has 11 points (eight goals, three assists) in nine games for the Texas Stars this season. Shore, an Ajax, Ontario, native, talks about what it would be like to start his NHL career so close to home. [NHL.com]
Life's tough in the Murder Death Kill Division, but the Stars could still turn out to be the team to beat, says James Mirtle. [The Globe and Mail]
If you didn't watch the game on Saturday, don't worry. You can relive the horror that was Craig Ludwig's costume.
Jamie Benn, who coach Lindy Ruff calls the "ideal teammate," is making it clear that he didn't win the Art Ross by accident. [Winnipeg Sun]
At Wrong Side of the Red Line, Sean Shapiro reports that Jack Campbell is close to returning to the Texas Stars. [Wrong Side of the Red Line]
Also at WSotRL, Mattias Janmark talks about the surprising start to his NHL career, and John Klingberg declares himself a better FIFA player than his new housemate. [Wrong Side of the Red Line]
I know it's going to come as a shock to everyone, but it's really fun to win. [DMN]
Bad news for the Canadiens...
November is here, which means the return of some truly awful/astonishing mustaches in the name of raising funds and awareness for men's health. [NHL.com]
From dropping Calgary's Dougie Hamilton to snagging Buffalo's Johan Larsson, here are 20 things to keep in mind while managing your fantasy hockey team. [Sportsnet]
Over at Puck Daddy, Greg Wyshynski argues that referees shouldn't be a part of the coach's challenge. [Puck Daddy]
Coyotes goalie Mike Smith and his wife had a little fun with their Halloween costumes.
Does having fewer enforcers around allow younger players to have easier transitions to the NHL? [The Hockey News]
Things have been going... not-so-well for Patrick Roy in the Mile High City. [The Denver Post]
And finally, the adorable Sid (IG: @myregalbeagle) had the honors of dropping the puck at Sunday's Texas Stars game.
this dog in a top hat dropping the puck at the Texas Stars/Bakersfield Condors game just made my day. GOOD DOG pic.twitter.com/GJMAGLEpxh— Stephanie (@myregularface) November 1, 2015
Plus, Sid post-puck drop.