After a two-game stint with the Texas Stars—and in time for the Dallas Stars’ four-game road trip—defenseman Stephen Johns has been recalled. Coach Lindy Ruff said that Johns’ time in the AHL was “a good opportunity” and offered this reason for the assignment.
“His puck movement has really been stalled out. He really got frustrated,” Ruff said. “There was a point in the Calgary game where we had to not play him for a while. I just saw his frustration level was getting really high. When you can’t see the ice, when you can’t see some of the plays...you go down there and the game is going to be a step slower.”
Johns certainly made the most of his time with Texas, picking up three goals and finishing plus-2 in his two games.
“I just want to get back to how I started the season and how I ended last year,” Johns said. “It’s simple to say you’re playing bad, but you need to understand why you’re playing bad and get yourself out of that rut.”
There’s more from Ruff and Johns at the link. [SportsDayDFW]
Tonight, the Stars take on the Blues in St. Louis at 7 p.m.
Lindy Ruff had this to say about the team’s plan on defense for the upcoming road trip.
On juggling 8 defensemen on the upcoming road trip, Ruff said with four games in six nights he will need to use them all.— Josh Bogorad (@JoshBogorad) November 27, 2016
In other Texas Stars news, Philippe Desrosiers has been assigned to the ECHL, while Landon Bow has been recalled. Here’s a look at the goalies’ numbers of late.
Desrosiers has a .893 SV% and 3.25 GAA for Texas. Bow has a .916 SV% and 2.75 GAA for Idaho.— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) November 27, 2016
In Central Division news, the Jets topped the Predators 3-0 last night, thanks to a standout 42-save performance from Connor Hellebuyck. [On the Forecheck]
Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant was fired following the team’s 2-1 loss to the Hurricanes. [Sportsnet]
That ‘Canes win meant that goalie Michael Leighton earned a win for the first time in almost six years.
In honor of Carey Price’s stellar play this season, The Hockey News remembers past teams that relied heavily on their goalies. [The Hockey News]
Princeton senior Kelsey Koelzer—the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NWHL draft—and Wisconsin forward Sarah Nurse have welcomed the chance to be role models to minorities interested in playing hockey. [New York Times]
Is it too early to start thinking about end-of-season awards? Who cares. Let’s take a look at who might be taking home the Hart Trophy. [The Score]
And finally, the ECHL is more important than ever.