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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Slow Stretch Could Give Stars Much-Needed Rest

A slow schedule could give the Stars the rest they need. Plus, the Blue Jackets just keep winning, and the youth movement in the NHL.

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The Stars have just five games left in 2016, and Mike Heika says the team’s upcoming lighter schedule could give them time to regroup and rebuild as 2017 gets underway.

But while the Stars earlier in the season would have had to sort it out on a game day and then adjust on the fly, a long home stretch during the holidays is providing a more methodical approach right now. Dallas will play just two home games this week and only six games total over the next 19 days.

It's the perfect chance to rest and rerack for a team that has been scrambling since an injury-filled preseason.

There’s more from Heika at the link. [SportsDayDFW]

There were two #MDK games yesterday...

  • Patrik Laine—who now has a goal for every year he’s been alive—and the Jets cruised to a 4-1 win vs. the Avalanche. [Mile High Hockey]
  • With a 4-1 victory over the Sharks, the Blackhawks moved to 6-0-1 in their last seven games. The Hawks also gave out loaves loads of Artemi Panarin bobbleheads. [Chicago Sun-Times]

Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford could be back in net as early as this Friday. [The Score]

Last night, the Blue Jackets picked up their ninth-straight win, and head coach John Tortorella earned his 500th career victory.

Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury returned to Pittsburgh’s game against Toronto after taking a skate to the neck. [The Hockey News]

On concussion spotters in the NHL. [New York Times]

The San Jose Barracudas really love Santa.

The NHL’s youth movement is just getting started. [The Hockey News]

The Kings made Marian Gaborik a healthy scratch for yesterday’s game against the Bruins (which was a 1-0 loss for L.A.). [Puck Daddy]

And finally, Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner understands the December 26th blues.