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Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Stars Have One Job As They Prepare For Life on the Road

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Battered yet unbowed, the Stars play the Jets tonight in Winnipeg. Plus, just in time for Halloween, Edmonton and Seattle are both seeing their hockey hopes reanimated.

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The Dallas Stars – down a half-dozen high-end forwards and still, somehow, holding seven of a possible 12 points to date – are doing their best to simplify their act as they hit the road for eight of their next 10 games.

Head coach Lindy Ruff says he’s telling his players to do only one thing: the job they practice every day.

"We're going to try to remain consistent with our play," Ruff said of a one-game-at-a-time approach. "If we trust doing certain things right, it creates speed and it creates opportunities."

The Stars can use all the extra confidence they can steal, because they still don’t have definitive ETAs for most of their walking wounded, including Jason Spezza, Jiri Hudler, Aleš Hemský and Patrick Sharp. Even the Ironman himself, Jamie Benn, needed a maintenance day yesterday:

"You've missed all of training camp, and you get in high-intensity games, and you torque it more than you would in any practices," Ruff said. "It's a balancing act. We don't want to aggravate what he's got going on, but at the same time, we need to elevate play."

There’s much more at Mike’s place. [SportsDayDFW]


If you didn’t get enough Patrik Laine and Dustin Byfuglien on Tuesday night in Dallas, the Stars take on the Jets again tonight in Winnipeg. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. Central time. [NHL]

Are the Jets suffering from a bad run of puck luck? Arctic Ice Hockey’s HappyCaraT looks at their PDO and suggests their fortunes may be due to change.

Elsewhere, Heika wrote about the high-stakes game of Tetris Lindy Ruff is playing on the fly as he works to keep the Stars winning now. [SportsDayDFW]

The past couple of days have been quite a ride for Justin Dowling. Read more about his AHL career and his NHL debut.

In case you’re keeping score, Devin Shore is having a pretty good run, too.

Tyler Seguin praised the players who have stepped in and helped carry the Stars during their injury-riddled opening month.

And Mark Stepneski offered practice updates via @StarsInsideEdge:

The good wishes for Dave Strader keep rolling in.

The Shea Weber-P.K. Subban trade hasn’t been talked to death yet. Greg Wyshynski can tell you why.

Are the Oilers really for real, really, finally? Maybe: They’ve won six of their first seven games for the first time since 1986-87.

Just in time for Halloween, Seattle’s zombie hopes for an NHL franchise (and the return of the Supersonics) have roared back to life, as a team of investors offers private financing for a new arena. [KING 5 News]

Because there’s never too much information on the danger level of shots on goal, here’s a handy breakdown by team for the 2016-17 season to date.

I’m just gonna leave this here. #perspective

Ken Campbell says to enjoy this sudden spate of scoring while it lasts, because it won’t. [The Hockey News]

With starting netminder Jonathan Quick out for three months and backup Jeff Zatkoff down with a groin injury of his own, the Kings have signed former Star Anders Lindbäck to a PTO. [Los Angeles Times]

Finally: Justin Dowling just wants to thank the world for sharing his first NHL game with him. Stop by and wish him the best for tonight, too.