The Stars’ injury problems went from bad to worse yesterday. The team placed Ales Hemsky on IR and could also find themselves without Jason Spezza in tonight’s game against the Jets. Patrick Eaves is also questionable for tonight, Jiri Hudler has started skating but won’t play, and Patrick Sharp remains out with concussion-like symptoms. (There are other injuries, but I’ll just stop there.)
The additional injuries prompted the Stars to call up Jason Dowling.
Justin Dowling has been one of the Texas Stars best forwards. Leads AHL team with 8 points in 6 games.— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) October 24, 2016
(You can read more about Dowling in Shapiro’s write-up from this summer.)
So what do the Stars do now? According to Lindy Ruff, they have to trust each other.
"I've got to get their heads in a place where they trust how they're playing. If it's their read to be in a certain place, they have to be there. And if somebody else misses his assignment, you can't hesitate and not be there," Ruff said. "Part of that is we've got a lot of different players in different spots in the lineup. I have to instill some trust. There are going to be some mistakes, but let's just do our job and play our position. There's not going to be a game of indecision, because it doesn't look like a very nice game."
There’s more from Mike Heika on yesterday’s practice the link. [SportsDayDFW]
Here’s everything you need to know before the Stars take on the Jets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the AAC. [Stars]
Mike Heika held a Stars chat yesterday and answered questions on everything from Gemel Smith’s debut to the state of the power play. [SportsDayDFW]
Here’s some happier news for you: Stars prospect Roope Hintz scored a goal in his second game back after missing the start of the season. [Stars]
The Stars are hanging out in the 23rd spot in The Hockey News’ power rankings. [The Hockey News]
When Jonah Imoo made his AHL debut, his backup goalie was someone pretty special: his dad.
In Central Division news, the Flames beat the Blackhawks 3-2 in a shootout last night. [Second City Hockey]
Relive everything that happened around the league this weekend—including the Heritage Classic between the Oilers and the Jets—courtesy of Down Goes Brown. [Sportsnet]
Here are your three Stars of the Week:
The ice conditions at Barclays Center continue to be an issue for the Islanders. [The Hockey News]
What are the Ducks going to do with Hampus Lindholm? [Sportsnet]
Take a behind-the-scenes look at how skates are made.
If the Kings decide to go after a goalie, then they should consider these options. [Sportsnet]
Rolling Stone is here to remind us that Jaromir Jagr is still cooler than we’ll ever be. [RS]
And finally, here’s your latest Bud Light Frozen Moment.