At least the Dallas Stars are getting all their trauma out of the way early (we hope). The list of Victory Green players who have lost time to illness and injury from training camp to late October reads like a casualty list from an especially rough season of Game of Thrones.
These are the moments when it’s good to have depth in the system, and several Stars prospects are getting a lot of extra responsibility:
"Overall, I've been impressed with our young guys," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "The real test is going to come right now. We may have some guys playing a little higher in the lineup than you'd think, and they'll feel some pressure now. It's my opportunity to get their heads in the right place."
Talented Texas Stars center Devin Shore is one of the newest call-ups, and he wants to join the likes of Stephen Johns and Radek Faksa among those who made a big impact:
"We've got to jump on board," Shore said. "I don't think it's an excuse to say we're young and we're new to this. If we're out there, we have to do our job and try to contribute in any way we can. There's a bunch of different ways to contribute, and if you're called upon, you've got to jump right in there and carry your weight."
Mike Heika has much more. [SportsDayDFW]
Show off your Stars-themed Halloween decorations, and you could win two tickets to tomorrow night’s game against Winnipeg. The Stars will select 10 winners at random.
Heika’s traditional Monday Stars chat takes place at 2 p.m. Central time, and you might still have a chance to send in your questions. [SportsDayDFW]
Forward Jason Dickinson has been assigned to the Texas Stars.
The Stars have jumped two places to No. 8 in ESPN’s Ultimate Standings rankings of 122 major sports franchises across the NHL, NFL, NBA and MLB. [ESPN]
After a one-hour delay due to – get this – sunlight, the Edmonton Oilers shut out the Winnipeg Jet 3-0 in the 2016 Heritage Classic.
Zach Parise scored his 300th NHL goal yesterday, but the Minnesota Wild still lost to the New York Islanders, 6-3. [Hockey Wilderness]
Zach Parise scores his 300th career goal https://t.co/ZuMX6IEDb7— Hockey Wilderness (@hockeywildernes) October 24, 2016
Former Star Matt Niskanen and fellow Washington Capitals defender Karl Alzner are kind of an odd couple, but their friendship works on and off the ice. [Sports Illustrated]
Guess which player has the best-selling jersey in the NHL. (Hint: It’s not that guy. It’s not that one, either.)
Is Patrice Bergeron the greatest defensive forward of all time (and does his case for the Hockey Hall of Fame sound suspiciously like those of Jere Lehtinen and Guy Carbonneau)? [The Hockey News]
Are the Oakland Raiders really about to move to Las Vegas, and how could the NFL crash Bill Foley’s hockey party? [Las Vegas Review-Journal]
Vancouver Canucks G Ryan Miller is tired of being the apparent poster boy for oversized goalie equipment. [Yahoo Sports]
Finally: Yesterday, the Tennessee Titans chose a new resident of Smashville as their honorary 12th Titan. Ladies and gentlemen, P.K. Subban. [NHL]