Loss of Hemsky for season to hip surgery means Stars have lost Janmark, Nichushkin and Hemsky from forward group that was on roster in Aug.— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) October 31, 2016
Yesterday was Halloween and the Stars got a trick instead of a treat. Ales Hemsky, who has only played one game this season, underwent season-ending hip surgery yesterday.
Hemsky hurt himself in the final game of the World Cup while a member of the Czech Republic team. He rehabbed with the Stars during training camp and then played one game against Columbus Oct. 22. He logged 15:32 in ice time, but then was put back on IR after the game.
Coach Ruff could sense something was wrong with Hemsky:
"The other night, he wanted desperately to play, but he was struggling," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "It's very similar to Val (Nichushkin) and what Jamie (Benn) went through. You deal with it and you move on."
Mike Heika has the rest of the story. (DMN)
For an update of the other injured Stars players and expected returns, look here. (NHL.com)
After an off day on Sunday, the Stars practiced yesterday and Coach Ruff set about showing what he wanted players to do to increase offense: drive the net.
"I don't want any misunderstanding on where I want people to get to. We need people going there," Ruff said after practice. "We're not generating enough hard chances. I put that onus on the forwards. We are still looking for pretty when pretty isn't there. We have to get more people going to the net. We have to get more people looking for second opportunities."
In the Stars latest two losses they have only scored one goal from 68 shots on goal. With all the injuries and new personnel, Ruff thinks it is time to change his thinking.
We've got a lineup that has changed drastically. We have to make some adjustments because the speed of our game with the personnel we have out has changed. The message today was we are not the same type of team we were last year. Not right now. Not with the number of injuries. We'll get Eakin back, and we'll get Sharp back, and then we'll go in that direction, but if we are going to be successful our mindset, with where we are as a team, has to change. (Inside Edge)
Tonight the Stars will be back in action against the Columbus Blue Jackets as they attempt to get back to a .500 record. Puck drop is 6 PM CDT. (Star-Telegram)
The Weekly Prospects report came yesterday including a match up over the Weekend of Stars 2016 first round pick Riley Tufte’s Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs vs 2016 fourth round pick Rhett Gardener’s North Dakota Fighting Hawks. (Inside Edge)
The Texas Stars had a great weekend, winning both games over the Ontario Reign (AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings) and moving up 9 spots in the AHL Power Rankings. (Chirps From Center Ice)
There are no games today, so here are five NHL stat leaders https://t.co/adRIOgNFXC— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) October 31, 2016
Tonight’s premiere matchup is between two first overall draft picks. Connor McDavid’s Edmonton Oilers, drafted in 2015, will go against 2016 first overall draft pick Auston Mathew’s Toronto Maple Leafs. Some people think this could be the next big rivalry, similar to Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. (USA Today)
The Arizona Coyotes could be a player in the goalie market. (Today’s Slapshot)
If the Winnipeg Jets want to turn their season around they need to improve their goaltending situation. (Sportsnet)
An interesting look at how forwards can help your team even when they don’t put up gaudy offensive numbers. (Fear the Fin)
Sporting the NHL’s second best penalty kill unit should be considered a good thing — just don’t ask St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock about it. (NBC Sports)
Former Stars forward Colton Sceviour
sure would look good back in Victory Green with all the injuries after his hat trick on Sunday is tied for second in the league in goals with 5. Sceviour and fellow 2016 free agent signing Jonathan Marchessault are both providing scoring for the Florida Panthers. (NHL)
New York Rangers winger Rick Nash, who feels he had his worst year ever last season, is thankful the Rangers brought him back.
And I know that if you’re an expensive player, you have to perform. If you don’t, you could be moved. I knew that. And I appreciate the fact that they didn’t trade me and had the confidence to bring me back (NBC Sports)
Last night was Halloween, and with no NHL games on the schedule, plenty of players took the opportunity to dress up and celebrate.
Patrick Eaves and his family wish Stars fans a Happy Halloween.
Florida Panthers goaltender Robert Luongo.
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