In an attempt to put their 0-2-1 road trip behind them and break themselves out of a slump, the Stars changed things up yesterday morning. Lindy Ruff talked about the practice and how he hopes it will help the team get back on track.
"The energy out there today was tremendous," Ruff said. "The reason we were out there today was just to get the bad blood out, feel good about yourself, know we gave some points away. If we had done a few better things we could have won the first two games [of the trip]. It's my responsibility to get these guys in the right mindset, playing the game the right way again."
One solution to finding that mindset could be separating Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn—for the time-being, at least.
Benn skated on a line with Jason Spezza and Valeri Nichushkin. Seguin centered Mattias Janmark and Patrick Sharp.
"It's not a long solution; it's a short solution," Ruff said. "I think sometimes when there is some frustration, and you separate them it can create some energy. That might be a period; it might be a game. I don't know what it is. To a man, I think they know they struggled, and it was a tough trip for them."
For more on Ruff's methods, head to the link. [Stars Inside Edge]
The big All-Star roster reveal took place yesterday morning, and a few familiar faces will be heading to the Music City.
Erin has more for you about that, but here are the digs that the newest group of All-Stars will be wearing.
Coach Lindy Ruff, Tyler Seguin, and Jamie Benn all talked about their selection to the ASG (the buzzword here is honor). [SportsDayDFW]
From Benn and Seguin's point production to potential Jack Adams candidates, here are 30 thoughts on the season so far. [USA Today]
Just when you were starting to think that we'd never see a blockbuster trade again...
Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) January 6, 2016
This also went down yesterday, which seemed like a big enough deal until 'Lumbus and the Perds got involved.
In further personnel news, Mike Richards signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Capitals. [Sportsnet]
Things kept chugging along in the Central last night.
- Thanks to two goals from rookie sensation Artemi Panarin, the Blackhawks beat the Penguins 3-1. [Chicago Sun-Times]
- A goal from Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog gave the Avalanche a 4-3 overtime victory over the Blues. [NHL]
Sidney Crosby is just one notable name missing from the All-Star roster. TSN breaks down that exclusion and discusses other potential snubs. [TSN]
If you want to ensure that you have bragging rights come Cup time, you'd better get your 2016 predictions in now. Feel free to peruse The Hockey News for a few ideas on that front. [The Hockey News]
The Department of Play Safety has handed out its latest suspension of 2015-16, and this time it's a Capitals punishment.
Washington's Zach Sill has been suspended two games for boarding Boston's Adam McQuaid. Video: https://t.co/RJHEtC7MXX— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) January 6, 2016
Okay, you've just won the World Junior Championship. What are you going to do next? (Spoiler: The answer for Finland was not going to Disney World.) [Puck Daddy]
Sports Illustrated's Allan Muir investigates how the WJC affected yet-to-be drafted players' 2016 prospects. [SI]
And finally, the Toledo Walleye are paying homage to sartorial risk-taker Don Cherry.