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Saturday Links: Eakin Gets a 4 Game Suspension

Eakin punished for hit on Lundqvist, Oleksiak wont change physical style after his suspension, Honka sent back to Cedar Park, Morin plays 500th AHL game.

NHL: New York Rangers at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

In the middle of the first period of Thursday night’s game versus the Rangers, Stars forward Cody Eakin suffered a case of “brain flatulence” and ran over goalie Henrik Lundqvist. Eakin earned a 5 minute major and a game misconduct penalty.

Yesterday it was announced Eakin would be suspended for four games which equals to $85,555.56 salary that he will lose as well. He will be eligible to return for the Dec. 29 game vs. Colorado. (Blueshirt Banter)

NHL rule 42.1 states that when a goalie leaves the crease that he is not fair game, but one NHL writer thinks the rule should be changed. He thinks if goalies can be hit they will leave the crease less and that will lead to more offense. (ESPN)

While the Stars lose Eakin to suspension the team did get defenseman Jamie Oleksiak back from his two game suspension. He said the suspension won’t take away from his physicality.

I've definitely taken some things away from the suspension in terms of being smarter about it and to be more aware," said Oleksiak, scratched on Thursday against the New York Rangers at the American Airlines Center. "But my game is having a physical presence." (DMN)

Julius Honka was activated off IR and loaned to the Texas Stars, in time for their game last night with the Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville) He picked up an assist in his AHL return.

Early start time for today’s rematch game with the Flyers 1pm, Mark Stepneski has your preview. (Stars)

Sean Shapiro had his weekly mailbag to answer fans questions. Topics discussed include: What player has improved the most, how do you fix this team and what is wrong with John Klingberg. (Wrong Side of the Red Line)

Should the Stars trade for a number 1 goaltender to help them get back into the playoff race? The Hockey News looks at 5 teams including Dallas that need to make some trades to get back into playoff contention. (THN)

Program note for next weeks Stars Insider Show:

Texas Stars:

Goalie Landon Bow left the game in the 3rd period last night in Texas game with the Admirals, with flu like symptoms. The Ads got a goal in the 3rd period to break a 3-3 tie for the win. (100 Degree Hockey)

The Cedar Park Stars were able to pick up their league leading 8th short handed goal, by Justin Dowling in the 1st period.

Dallas has now lost 142 man-games to injury and thanks to their AHL affiliate they have been able to call up players that are NHL ready. Players on Texas opening night roster have contributed 25 games for the big club this season.

Your AHL team is a lifeline to your NHL team,” notes Texas Stars head coach Derek Laxdal. “They’re going to go through injuries and sicknesses. They’ll go through peaks and valleys in their play. Any time you can bring up a player to support their play, to get them through a tough stretch or tough travel, it gives them extra energy to get through the season. It’s a grind up there. Any AHL team — that’s why they’re there.

More here from Steven Meserve. (AHLOTB)

Only 1 game last involved Central Division teams.

Florida capitalized on the Avalanche’s anemic power play for the 3-1 win. (Mile High Hockey)

Former Stars forward Loui Ericksson picked up his 300 assist last night

Will the last place Avs be in trade discussions to unload potential free agents. (Fanrag Sports)

NHL: Minnesota Wild at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

After getting off to slow start in October, Predators goalie Pekka Rinne turn things around in November. December has rolled around and it hasn’t been good for Rinne as he has a save percentage of .848 this month. (NBC)

Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling has a new mask honoring this year’s World Series Champs the Chicago Cubs.

Cody Eakin’s hit made the Yahoo Sports Top Ten heinous on-ice actions of 2016. A little solace his isn’t numero uno. (Yahoo Sports)

Things continue to fall apart in Miami as the Panthers are making questionable moves. One hockey insider has compared it to the “Gong Show”.(ESPN)

NHL: New York Islanders at Columbus Blue Jackets Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

The Columbus Blue Jackets have been one of the more surprising teams this season. Are they really this good or have they been lucky or will they have a spectacular crash? (SB Nation)

Calgary is finally getting some stability with it’s AHL franchise, the Stockton Heat, after going through 4 different affiliates in the last 10 years, (Sportsnet)

Last season the Red Wings barely kept their playoff streak alive and currently they sit 9 points out of playoff spot. Maybe missing the playoffs could be a good thing for them. (The Hockey News)

Should the new Vegas take on some bad contracts to be competitive sooner? (Bleacher Reports)

Who might be some of the best options at right wing, in the expansion draft, for the Golden Knights? (Last Word on Sports)

Finally a banner day 31 years ago for Head Coach Lindy Ruff: