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Coach Ruff calls for forwards to help in the defensive zone, Stars D prospect heads to Idaho and P.K. Subban documentary.

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After Tuesday night’s debacle game, fans would like to forget that beat down ever happened. Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff would prefer his top line learn something from the significant loss: help more in the defensive end.

The Stars are missing six forwards because of injury or illness, and that puts more pressure on players like Seguin and Benn to make up for the lack of scoring. The problem comes when they focus so much on the goals that they're cheating on their defensive assignments.

Tyler Seguin had his ice time cut by nearly six minutes to get the point across:

We need more from him in his own end," Ruff said. "He has to make that an important part of his game, and it has to be on a consistent basis from the start of the game to the finish. Centerman is the most important position in the defensive zone the way we play, so if you don't get to the right place quick enough or you don't give our D that help quick enough, we can get running around in our zone."

More from Mike Heika on what the Stars can take from the loss to the Winnipeg Jets can be found here. (Dallas Morning News)

The Western Canada road trip continues tonight when the Stars enter the Saddledome to take on the Calgary Flames. Both teams are limping into tonight’s contest. (Fort Worth Star Telegram)

The Dallas Stars prospect depth deepened a little yesterday:

Miro Karjalainen is a 6’5” 205lb defenseman from Finland selected by the Stars in the 5th round (135th) of the 2014 NHL Draft.


All three NHL games last night went into overtime, including the prime time match up of the Chicago Blackhawks at the St. Louis Blues. Artemi Panarin’s Gordie Howe Hat Trick helped the Blackhawks remain in 1st place in the Central (MDK) Division. (Second City Hockey)

Nashville Predators defenseman P. K. Subban will be the subject of a HBO Canada documentary. (CBC Sports)

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After Patrik Laine’s hat trick the other night how does he compare to other greats in their first years. (Sportsnet)


Ottawa Senators back up goalie Mike Condon, acquired in a recent trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins, picked up his 2nd win in his 2nd game with his new team. (Sportsnet)

Matt Larkin thinks the Vancouver Canucks should stop trying to rebuild while still trying compete at the same time. (The Hockey News)

Could one part of the Vancouver Canucks rebuild be ready now? 2015 1st round pick Brock Boeser, currently playing for the North Dakota Fighting Hawks in the NCHA, has his line mates thinking he’s ready to move on to the NHL. (The Province)

The Stars weren’t the only team to suffer an embarrassing loss on Tuesday. The Toronto Maple Leafs lost 7-0 to the Los Angeles Kings. Leafs head coach Mike Babcock channeled his inner Herb Brooks and had his players bag skate yesterday, even when the lights went out. (The Score)

Despite his smaller size Leafs rookie Mitch Marner is showing he can play in the NHL. (CBC)

Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid who has been called the next “Next One” in a takeoff of former Oiler Wayne Gretzky’s monicker the “Great One” has a better NHL to play in compared to mid 2000’s. (CBS Sports)

Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown, who lost his captaincy during the summer, is enjoying a resurgence to his game this season:

There's a lot of things that go into it. I went through a lot of things this summer," Brown said Tuesday. "I think the main thing is that I'm just having fun playing again. We get to play a game for a living, and I understand that. But it doesn't matter what you do in life -- if you're not having doing fun doing it, sometimes it's very difficult." (ESPN)

Do the San Jose Sharks need a better back up goalie behind Martin Jones? (Fan Rag)

The Ice Guardians documentary is a look at the history of enforcers in the NHL. The documentary, which is releasing soon, humanizes the men behind the fists. (Washington Times)

Hockey Hall Of Fame Legends Classic Game

Next Monday is the induction ceremony for the 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame class. A nice story on coach Pat Quinn who is part of that class. (ESPN)

Finally, some Hall of Fame history: