Eddie Belfour versus Martin Brodeur is going to happen again at the American Airlines Center this season.
No, the Dallas Stars haven't decided to think entirely outside the box to solve their goaltending woes by bringing Belfour out of retirement or acquiring Brodeur from the St. Louis Blues, as tempting as that has seemed at times this season.
But both will take part in the second annual Community Chest game, put on by the Dallas Stars Alumni Association in support of Defending the Blue Line. The game, which will begin around 8 p.m. on March 15 directly after the Stars home game against the Blues, will feature both Stars and Blues alumni, including Belfour, Brodeur, Marty Turco and Joe Nieuwendyk.
Alex Goligoski has been very active with Defending the Blue Line, which provides equipment and other support for children from military families who play ice hockey, and he will drop the ceremonial face off. Vernon Fiddler will reprise his role as one of the coaches, and Trevor Daley will man the opposite bench this year.
Like last season, area youth hockey players who helped fundraise for the event will also get the chance to participate alongside the NHL veterans.
Selected alumni will also participate in a Q&A on the plaza and sign autographs in front of the AAC before the game. It was a great event last year (remember tiny Logan and his adventures last year), so be sure to check it out this weekend.
- Even for those who are the staunchest supporters of playing the kids, four rookie defensemen in a lineup is a bit much. But the Stars got through it with some help from Kari Lehtonen against the Philadelphia Flyers, and having this experience may be a positive in the long run, writes Mike Heika. [DallasNews.com]
- Yesterday was Wednesday, which meant it was time for the Tyler Seguin show on BaDD radio, this time minus Bob. There's a bit of talk about adjusting to playing with a brace and where he feels he is in recovery, but they move pretty quickly into their "Ask Tyler" segment, where topics included the best/worst chirpers on the team and in the league and how many prom invitation he gets. Bonus pigeon impersonations for free and yes, you read that right. [BaD Radio]
- Devin Shore made his AHL debut and the Texas Stars power play came to life as the team climbed back into a playoff position with a 6-4 win over the Lake Erie Monsters. [100 Degree Hockey]
- Cody Eakin was scratched for team disciplinary reasons on Tuesday and is a game-time decision for tonight's game according to the team, and while it piqued some curiosity, most in Stars-land seem content to let it blow over. The same can't be said for the Toronto Maple Leafs media horde, which was given a hot story as the team extended Nazem Kadri's suspension from one to three games because of a not-detailed history of "poor decisions." Predictably, they took it well. [Toronto Sun]
- Ondrej Pavelec picked a pretty awful time in a game to remember he was Ondrej Pavelec, letting in the game-winning goal from center ice in the waning moments of the Winnipeg Jets loss to the Blues on Tuesday. Why couldn't any of the Jets goalies have done that against the Stars this year? [The Score]
- After introducing an entirely new look two summers ago, the Stars are pretty happy with their current kits. But the same can't be said for several other teams in the league, who have changes in the works set for next season. [Icethetics]
- The New York Rangers were nervous about their goaltending situation when Henrik Lundqvist was lost to a neck injury, but Cam Talbot has been more than steady in relief. On Wednesday evening, he pulled an Evgeni Nabokov, and if you've been a Stars fan since 2008, you'll know exactly what that's referring to. [ProHockeyTalk]
- The Stars aren't the first team to introduce a kid reporter, but Morgan is pretty darn adorable (and it helps that they are clearly all hanging around, allowing for razzing of whoever is in the vicinity). Also featuring Jamie Benn letting his hat hair fly free and the mental image of Brett Ritchie trying to dance. Apologies if this auto-plays. There doesn't appear to be an option to turn it off.