The Dallas Stars got back Jason Spezza and Jiri Hudler, but the team’s still-depleted lineup never gelled during Devan Dubnyk’s third shutout in a row for the Minnesota Wild last night.
Jamie Benn, leading by example, is trying not to use the F-word (frustration):
"It's obviously not the greatest time around here," [Benn] said. "But we got to keep working hard. We can't get frustrated. We got to stick together and work our way out of this. How we're going to do that, I guess, is sticking together and keep working hard, and try not to get frustrated."
Meanwhile, Speznasty says that if the Stars’ power play can step it up, other good things will come, too:
"We've had a lot of different bodies in the lineup," Spezza said. "Our power play hasn't been elite, and our power play has been elite in the past, so we have to take that upon ourselves as guys on the power play to get that back to where it has to be. That's a big reason why we haven't been scoring goals. When you're power play's running good, you get good touches on the puck and probably gives you a little confidence 5 on 5 too."
There’s always more at Mike’s place. [SportsDayDFW]
Here’s the Captain talking to the media after an excruciating evening:
And Razor talks about what Dubie-Dubie did, and what the Stars need to do next, in Ohio:
Another NHL team lines up behind Dave Strader: Jimmy Howard wore this mask during the Detroit Red Wings’ #HockeyFightsCancer shindig last night.
Life goes on in the #MurderDeathKill Division:
- Jake Allen and the St. Louis Blues shut out the Los Angeles Kings 1-0 in what even their fans are calling a snoozefest. [St. Louis Game Time]
- The Colorado Avalanche are 4-3-0 in the season so far after beating the Arizona Coyotes 3-2, with help from two tallies by Matt Duchene. [Mile High Hockey]
- And the Nashville Predators suffered a pretty brutal playoffs rematch of their own, losing to Martin Jones and the San Jose Sharks 4-1. [On the Forecheck]
In the latest “Vally’s View,” former Rangers G Steve Valiquette takes a look at why overall NHL SV% is down 10 points this season: a sharp uptick in deflection-based goals.
As it turns out, the Jacob Trouba holdout with the Jets could be about where he plays and not what he gets paid.
The Jets are willing to offer defenseman Jacob Trouba a big deal, but he doesn't want to play in Canada: https://t.co/UL1BYC6jxA— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) October 29, 2016
The jersey remorse is already setting in.
New Puck Daddy: Jersey Fouls of the Week: Jacob Trouba regret in Winnipeg https://t.co/U4nXEt0Lk3— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) October 28, 2016
Speaking of jerseys, the Boston Bruins are replacing their third – one of the league’s oldest – with the one they used for the 2016 Winter Classic, and a recent team video may have contained a preview of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Centennial Classic sweaters.
Leafs president Brendan Shanahan lost his father to early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Now he’s raising his voice to find a cure. [Sports Illustrated]
Bright new Star Devin Shore gets a glowing mention in a list of NHL rookies who are making this year’s Calder Trophy race a joy. [THN]
Senators netminder Craig Anderson has rejoined the team, and now we know why he asked for that leave of absence last week. Think a good thought for Nicholle Anderson today.
Are the New York Islanders looking to relieve crowding in their crease by trading goalie Jaroslav Halák? Elliotte Friedman thinks so. [Sportsnet]
Also at Sportsnet: Forget the two-goalie league, Luke Fox examines the current premium on netminding talent, and at teams hoarding as many as three starters. [Sportsnet]
You might be able to guess that newborn Kadri Lee Amey is named after Nazem Kadri, but she’s just the latest of five brothers and sisters named after Leafs stars. [NHL]
Finally: Because there’s enough #HockeyHalloween for the entire ding-dang weekend, let’s put a few samples here. Share some of your favorites, and enjoy.
Brian Dumoulin crushing the costume game. pic.twitter.com/JHMpfJbUF4— Bring Hockey Back (@BringHockeyBack) October 29, 2016