The Stars didn't go quietly into the new year, instead ending 2015 with a 5-1 win over the Predators—that's their 28th of the season, if you care about things like that. As always, Mike Heika had plenty to say about the game and emphasized the importance of the Stars' ability to rebound from losses.
The Stars seem to love being challenged this season.
After a 6-3 loss in Columbus on Tuesday, Dallas came up with a strong statement game on New Year's Eve, beating Nashville 5-1 and keeping alive its run of not losing consecutive games this season.
It's kind of a big thing.
Tyler Seguin also offered his take on the team's strong start and impressive resilience.
"Our talk in training camp was how we were going to start the year, how we were going to be at home, and how we were going to be against our own division," Seguin said. "We have a long way to go, but in those statement games or playoff-type games, we've played really well. So, we're going to keep that consistent and keep building."
Welcome to the first dose of daily links in 2016! I hope everyone had a great time ringing in the New Year last night.
Razor talks ketchup and Cristal in his final Emporium of 2015.
But last night's win wasn't without its hiccups.
Valeri Nichushkin is day to day with lower-body injury.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) January 1, 2016
Puck Daddy's Josh Cooper explores Jamie Benn's rise to the top of the league and why he's one of the NHL's best players. One scout had this to say on why he'd take the Dallas captain over Patrick Kane.
"I think Benn's all-around game, the offense, the defense and then you mix in the toughness as well, I don't think you're putting Kane out there for a defensive faceoff with a one-goal lead with 30 seconds to go in Game 7 whereas you would put Benn out there," he said. "So if I had to start a team right now I think for the all-around player and what he brings I would take Benn."
Give the rest a read at the link. [Puck Daddy]
But despite the success that Jamie Benn is enjoying, older brother Jordie Benn has never felt like the second fiddle.
"Everyone asks, ‘Are you jealous? Is there conflict between you two?' And it's just not the person I am," Jordie says. "I want him to succeed to the best of his ability every night, and to go as far as he can in this league."
For more on Yukon Cornelius, you know the drill. [Sports Illustrated]
Radek Faksa talks about getting called up to Dallas and how he's happy to just be with the team. [SportsDayDFW]
Hold onto 2015 just a little longer by reliving the Stars' top 5 moments of the year. [The Hockey Writers]
New year, same scary #MDK.
- The Wild visited St. Louis and downed the Blues 3-1. [Star Tribune]
- The Blackhawks fended off the Avalanche for a 4-3 overtime win. [Chicago Sun-Times]
- The Jets' final game of 2015 ended in a 4-2 loss to the surging Coyotes. [NHL]
Congratulations are in order for Shane Doan.
RT To congratulate our Captain! pic.twitter.com/TJ9XttSoSJ— #WPGvsARI (@ArizonaCoyotes) January 1, 2016
Speaking of Doan... The Arizona captain scored a hat trick to little fanfare during a loss to Chicago the other night, so the fans tacked on an extra celebration yesterday.
The 2016 Winter Classic is today! Here's everything you need to know. [NHL]
The WC certainly means something special for Massachusetts native Mike Condon and his father. [SI]
Ice issues and injuries put a damper on yesterday's Outdoor Women's Classic between the NWHL's Boston Pride and the CHL's Les Canadiennes. The two teams tied 1-1, but the Pride's Denna Laing remains hospitalized after crashing into the boards. [NYT]
Gronk, for one, is excited about today.
TSN breaks down the good, the bad, and the ugly from 2015. [TSN]
Day 6 of the world juniors is in the books, and you can catch up on everything that you might have missed. [NHL]
While you're thinking about the WJCs, here's why you can go ahead and start calling Zach Werenski Captain America. [The Hockey News]
So, maybe that whole ‘let's hire John Tortorella' thing was a bad idea. Sorry, 'Lumbus.[TSN]
And finally, while you're waiting for the puck to the drop in the Winter Classic...