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Wednesday’s Links: OT Woes Continue For The Stars

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Deja Vu for the Stars in OT, Vernon Fiddler’s AAC return and the Stars have problems with plus/minus

NHL: New Jersey Devils at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Last night’s game, with the Devils went to overtime tied 1-1, before the Stars, suffered the same results they have experienced the previous five times this season. With four more OT losses from the end of last season, makes nine in a row. Coach Lindy Ruff had this to say:

This might have been the best possession we’ve had in a long time. We just made another ill decision to put a puck in the middle. We had good possession. We should have been changing by that time. The result was we made a bad pass and we let guys get by us. I liked the fact that we went after them right off the face off. We lost it, then got it back.

Tyler Seguin Jamie Benn and John Klingberg started the extra frame. They were able to keep the puck in the Devils zone before an errant pass led to the Adam Henrique winning goal.

We played pretty hard. We'll do a little work on our three-on-three and we'll get back to it," said defenseman Jordie Benn of Thursday's home game against Colorado. "We have talked about it in the room. Those two points [when you win in OT] are huge for us. We just have to get back at it and turn it around.

Mike Heika’s full recap here. (DMN)

Before the game to open up a spot for Spezza the Stars sent Justin Dowling back to the Texas Stars. (Stars)

Former fan favorite Vern Fiddler returned to the AAC with the Devils and there was a nice video tribute for him on the Jumbotron. Prior to the game he reunited with a young cancer patient he had befriended during his Stars tenure. (NHL)

With all the advanced hockey analytics, the old Plus/Minus stat is still a way to see how a team is performing. Right now some Stars players are on the wrong end on this scale. (Blackout Dallas)

Mike Modano still looks like he could play:

Texas Stars:

The Cedar Park boys head out on a 3 game Midwestern road trip this week and other news in the weekly report. (Texas Stars)


Central Division:

All 7 teams in the Central Division were in action last night:

“Johnny Hockey” Gaudreau scored the only goal of the game in the Flames 1-0 win over the Wild. (Hockey Wilderness)

The Blues bounced back from their blowout loss to beat the Sabres 4-1. (St Louis Game Time)

James van Riemsdyk’s hat trick propelled the Leafs over the Predators 6-2. (On the Forecheck)

Goalie Conner Hellebuyck and the Jets got the best of the Blackhawks 4-0 shutout. (Arctic Ice Hockey)

NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Winnipeg Jets Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

Former Jets great Dale Hawerchuk has helped Mark Scheifele to lead the NHL in scoring. (CBC Sports)

Jets forward Patrik Laine heads an impressive class of young Finnish players. (Sportsnet)

P.K Subban is starting to mesh with Predators teammates. (Fan Rag)

Blues Captain Alex Pietrangelo is starting to feel the pressure in his first year wearing the C as the team continues to struggle. (St Louis Post-Dispatch)

Two of the Avalanche’s better players from their game Sunday were scratched last night.

Besides Varlamov, two players showed up very well. AJ Greer was a force to be reckoned with. And Eric Gelinas made a very respectable showing.

Neither is playing tonight against the Los Angeles Kings. (Mile High Sticking)


The NHL GM’s held their annual meeting and topics discussed were closing the free agent loopholes prior to the expansion draft. Rule 48 dealing with hits to the head and possible Shootout changes. They meet again in March 2017. (ESPN)

Most hockey experts say scoring the first goal of a game is important, as teams that do have won 67% of the games this season. But does it really matter? (SB Nation)

Today we should have an answer if NHL players will participate in the 2018 Olympics. A sticking point seems to be who pays for the players to go to Korea.

I can't imagine the NHL owners are willing to pay for the privilege of shutting down for 17 days.

Said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. (CBC Sports)

Who joins Jaromir Jagr among current players that will be selected for the Hockey Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. (Hockey News)

Were the new Las Vegas team colors accidentally leaked yesterday? (Sin Bin)

Blue Jackets Head Coach John Tortorella is ending morning skates on game days. (NBC Sports)

Finally what happens when you Burnziefy current players: