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Friday Links: Stars Oh-ful Road Trip Blues

Stars are 0-3 on current road trip, Tyler Seguin snaps goal drought, Stephen Johns plays in front of his family and friends

NHL: Dallas Stars at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas was only down a goal heading into the third period in a 3-2 game. Then the Penguins exploded for three goals in the final minutes, including an empty-netter, to give the Stars another loss on this road trip.

We had three or four great opportunities just before that to tie the game," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "You can number the chances we had, the [Brett] Ritchie chance, [Stephen] Johns, Cody Eakin off the post, good chances ... But we can't sit here and talk about the chances, we've now had four or five games where you've got to get it in the back of the net.

Tyler Sequin broke his 11 game goalless drought on a power play tally but the Stars are dead last in goals against average of 3.40 and have a -22 goal differential.

You don't want that stat," said forward Tyler Seguin, who broke an 11-game goal drought with a pretty power-play goal that tied the score in the second period. "We all take pride in here that it's just not good enough. We've got to dig deeper, especially in those big moments, and find ways to win hockey games

More of the recap here from Mike Heika. (DMN)

Stephen Johns had a chance to play against his boyhood favorite team the Penguins. Johns grew up 40 miles form Pittsburgh, in Wampum PA. (DMN)

Sean Shapiro had a nice story from last year on Johns and his hometown. (Wrong Side of the Red Line)

Dallas had an average November going 9-9-6 hopefully with most of their players back from injury, hopefully December will be better. (Blackout Dallas)

Stars forward Patrick Eaves father, Mike, was the hockey coach for the Wisconsin Badgers, before being fired last March. He now has a new coaching gig with Division III St. Olaf College in Northfield MN. (Star-Telegram)

Considering when you read this you have until 11 am to ask questions and vote.

Texas Stars

Gurianov the Stars 2015 1st Round pick(12th overall) has 9 points this year for the Texas Stars, 3 G 6A.


Four other games in the Central Division(MDK)

Marian Hossa scored the winner in OT to give the Blackhawks a 4-3 win over the NJ Devils. (Second City Hockey)

NHL: St. Louis Blues at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Vladimir Tarasenko’s hat trick helped the Blues over the Lightning 5-4. (UPI)

A poor first period dooms the Avalanche, as they fall to the Blue Jackets 3-2. (Mile High Hockey)

Conner Mc David’s three assists propelled the Oilers to a 6-3 win over the Jets. (Copper & Blue)

Avs GM Joe Sakic had a few things to say about the team’s slow start. (Denver Post)

Who will the protect in next year’s expansion draft and how they stack up against the salary cap. (Hockey Wilderness)


All-Star voting began yesterday the NHL looks should be in the game numbers wise, according to analytics. (NHL)

To increase scoring throughout the league should the NHL increase the size of nets?

During the first two weeks of the season, the league had an average of slightly more than six goals per game. It wasn't much, but it was as good as it had been in years. As we turn the calendar to December, NHL games have an average of 5.36 goals, the lowest total since the 2003-04 season that preceded the season-long lockout.

More arguments here. (Vice Sports)

If we are going to tinker with the rules maybe go to three points for a win in regulation, two points for an OT or shootout win and one point for a shoot out loss.

There seems to be too much parity in the league right now:

As of Thursday, 15 teams were separated by no more than three points. That means that half the league is essentially tied. Isn't it time, now that we have true parity with the talent base forcibly spread among 30 rosters, to allow at least some of the cream to rise to the top? It seems fair to me that teams that actually win games more handily, in 60 minutes, and don't rely as much on extra time to collect points, should be rewarded. (ESPN)

One GM doesn’t like this:

Although the Penguins won last night they also seem to be having problems with their two goalie system, of Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray. (FanRag Sports)

Florida fired their coach last weekend. So why do Coaches choose to do this and what is it like to be fired. (Sportsnet)

Jonathan Toews and Auston Mattews channel their inner Michael Jordan and Larry Bird McDonalds Horse game commercial, in this Bauer ad

Finally the Dallas Stars Girls tackled the Mannequin Challenge: