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Oduya goes on IR, Honka could make his NHL debut tonight, Dave Strader to make the trip to the Joe.

Christina Shapiro


A slow news day yesterday, was interrupted by a report that defenseman Johnny Oduya was put on IR by the Stars. This season’s injuries have all been to forwards, but defenseman Oduya left the game Saturday, with a lower body injury.

To replace him the team called up Julius Honka and Esa Lindell from the Texas Stars. Once again giving the Stars 8 defensemen.

Honka might make his NHL debut tonight versus the Wild. NHL Correspondent Sean Shapiro had a chance to observe him in Cedar Park, last week, and had this to say.

I made a quip about on Twitter tonight about a seeing strange case of Dr. Julius and Mr. Honka, and that perfectly captures the 2014 first-round pick.

At times Honka is electric with the puck. At one point in the second period against San Jose(AHL) he turned a defender inside out and set up a point-blank chance from between the circles.

Later in the period he turned the puck over behind his net, badly, and he racked up 14 penalty minutes. Through 12 games Honka has picked up 37 penalty minutes, and he leads the AHL in minor penalties with 11.

Despite the negatives, Honka still has the highest ceiling of any Stars prospect. He’s the smoothest skater in the Stars system, and his turnovers haven’t been as prevalent as last season. When Honka dials it in he can dominate a game in all three zones, and his physical play — when he toes the line — has been noticeable.

He also thinks these moves could be the end of the Jamie Oleksiak’s time with the team as he can’t get back into the lineup with an injury. The rest of the story. (Wrong Side of the Red Line)

During this recent bad stretch of games the Stars need to just keep swimming. to right things. (Blackout Dallas)

Tonight the Wild stop by the AAC for a visit. They have allowed the fewest goals this season and also lost their game to the Avalanche. Mark Stepneski’s preview. (Stars)

Stars announcer Dave Strader who is battling cancer is making the trip to Joe Louis Arena, later this month, to see the Stars and Red Wings. This is the last season for the arena. (USA Hockey)


Only one game last night involved MDK teams:

The Carolina Hurricanes got their 4th win in a row over the Jets 3-1. (Canes Country)

Former Devils goalie Martin Brodeur doesn’t mind doing the grunt work necessary to work his way way up to be a GM. Currently he is an assistant to Blues GM Doug Amstrong, the last team Brodeur played for before retiring. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Blackhawks rookie Vincent Hinostroza scored his 1st NHL goal Saturday and has looked to solidify his spot in the lineup. (Second City Hockey)


A look at this years Calder Trophy race for best rookie is more than just a race between Leafs Auston Matthews or Jets Patrik Laine. (FanRag Sports)

From the youngest players to one of the oldest Panthers Jaromir Jagr at 44 says he feels the best he has ever felt. (NHL)

Which goalie will be the next one inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame? (The Hockey News)

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

In some news that could be considered good for Stars fans, Penguins goalie Matt Murray is doing his best to be the #1 goaltender. (FanRag Sports)

Is Lightning GM Steve Yzerman the best GM in the league? (Sportsnet)

Tomorrow will be the big announcement of the 31st team, the Las Vegas franchise will finally have a name. (NHL)

Will NHL players play in the 2018 Olympics? A primer on the all the particulars of the NHL’s proposal to extend the CBA. (Fear the Fin)

Canadian goalie Shannon Szabados who was playing with the Peoria Rivermen of the SPHL earlier this year before being cut. Has signed with another men’s team. (The Ice Garden)

Finally a look at the Stars and other team playoff chances: