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Wednesday Links: Stars Extend Win Streak

Stars win two in a row for only the 2nd time this season, Klingberg and Lindell are clicking, Goligoski is a familiar foe, and more.

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NHL: Arizona Coyotes at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

For only the 2nd time this season, the Stars were able to win back to back games with their 3-2 defeat of the Coyotes. Their only other such “streak” didn't occur until November this season. John Klingberg’s empty-net goal proved to be the winner after Radim Vrbata scored on a penalty shot late in the 3rd.

It's a big win," Spezza said. "We've had a hard time winning two in a row, so hopefully it's something to build off of.

Prior to the game, the Stars’ plane had some mechanical issues which led to a delay in departure from the Dallas area. The team was forced to conduct their morning skate in Frisco before flying to Glendale, landing two hours before game time. The NHL’s rules of three days off from team activities for the Christmas holiday prevented Dallas from flying out on Monday, which is when they would normally fly for a road game that wasn't part of a back-to-back.

It was good for us," Spezza said of the Stars' odd adventure, which included a late flight into Phoenix and arrival only about two hours before the game. "It was a trying day, and we easily could have been getting frustrated and made excuses. But we wrapped our head around the fact that it is what it was. We just tried to be professional about it

You can read more about their adventurous game here. (DMN)

One of the more humorous moments of the game was when Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, who should have been ejected for his blocker hit on Curtis McKenzie, also went after Radek Faksa.

Fanrag Sports interviewed Dallas Morning News beat writer Mike Heika yesterday to discuss the Stars season so far. Topics included injuries, goaltending, and the defense corps. (Fanrag Sports)

Yesterday was Patrick Sharp’s birthday, and while he didn't get the gift of returning to the lineup, good news isn't on the horizon: he might be able to play Thursday.

With the departure of regular partner Alex Goligoski, defenseman John Klingberg has struggled this season. Coach Lindy Ruff tried most of the defensemen on the team to find a suitable fit for Klingberg. Esa Lindell looks to be the winner and has helped the Swede regain his confidence. (Blackout Dallas)

Speaking of Goligoski, he talks about his time with the Stars and how it took some time to get comfortable with his new team. (AZ Central)

Getty Images John Russell-NHLI

Former Dallas play-by-play announcer Ralph Strangis reflected on his week with the Los Angeles Kings. Strangis filled in last week for regular Kings announcer Bob Miller, who is only broadcasting home games this season. (LA Kings Insider)

Sean Shapiro has a look at how the Stars prospects did in day two of the World Junior Championship.

The Texas Stars had some trouble generating offense and lost 2-1 last night to their in-state rival, San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers).


Plenty of Central Division (MDK) match-ups last night:

-The Blackhawks looked anemic in their 3-1 loss to the Jets. (CSN Chicago)

-Minnesota extended their winning streak to 11 (insert your favorite “Spinal Tap” joke here) on Jared Spurgeon’s OT goal with a 3-2 win over the Predators. (Twin Cities Pioneer Press)

-Mikael Backlund and Johnny “Hockey” Gaudreau scored two goals each in Calgary’s 6-3 win over the Avalanche. (Matchsticks and Gasoline)

Jets forward Mark Scheifele will have a walk-on role in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet performance of the Nutcracker on December 30th. (Sportsnet)

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Minnesota Wild Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota’s expansion draft plans will center on which defensemen they choose to protect. The Wild have six good blueliners but will have to expose three of them. (ESPN)

There’s a few days left to vote for All-Star Captains. P.K. Subban leads for the Central Division currently.


There’s already been one coach fired this season with Gerard Gallant’s dismissal by the Panthers. What other coaches are on the hot seat as we head into the new year? (Yahoo Sports)

A look at some of the trade rumors in the NHL from the last few days. (Spector’s Hockey)

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Columbus Blue Jackets Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

A look back at all the trades that happened this year, including the Seth Jones for Ryan Johansen trade. (SB Nation)

After Mike Smith’s histrionics last night it seems appropriate for Down Goes Brown’s look at the top 10 reactions from goalies when they give up a goal. (Sportsnet)

Vegas GM George McPhee answered some questions on what it is like to build a team from scratch. (NHL)

Vegas will have the advantage of time when making their expansion picks. In the last round of expansion (2000), Minnesota and Columbus had three minutes between picks. The Golden Knights will have a full 72 hours to submit the expansion picks. (Sin Bin)

Finally, an interesting look at the WJC match up of Sweden and Denmark: