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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Lose to Flames 2-1

The Stars lost to the Flames. Plus, Julius Honka is out with an upper-body injury, and the debate on whether Ben Bishop would be a good fit in Dallas continues.

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Although Curtis McKenzie gave the Stars an early first period lead, what Lindy Ruff called “a disastrous second period” help seal the team’s fate: a 2-1 loss to the Flames. In fact, Ruff didn’t pull any punches when talking about the game, calling out “careless puck play by [the team’s] best players.”

Adding insult to injury (or injury to insult), Julius Honka left the game during the second period with an upper-body injury. Ruff said the injury wasn’t serious, although it appears Honka has a cast on.

Sean Shapiro has more on the game and the crazy number of odd-man rushes the team allowed.

The Stars puck management and lack of energy highlighted what’s gone wrong this season for Dallas. When the team needed to respond and show energy, they simply didn’t get it done and have only won back-to-back games once this season.

“It’s kind of tiring,” Stars forward Curtis McKenzie said. “Win one here, lose one there. It’s just the type of hockey we want to be playing. It’s not as fun in the room, we’ve got to find a way to start playing full games.”

Here’s the rest of what McKenzie had to say.

There’s more at the link. [Wrong Side of the Red Line]

ICYMI yesterday, the Stars recalled Jason Dickinson. Derek’s got all the details for you.

The Hockey News’ Matt Larkin has five reasons why the Bolts should trade Ben Bishop now. He also—surprise, surprise—brings up the Stars as a potential trade partner. [The Hockey News]

It's risky to take on a pending UFA, of course, but what if Dallas sent one back in the form of, say, Johnny Oduya? Tampa get its veteran D-man, Dallas gets its star goalie. Tampa would need to take back one of Niemi or Lehtonen and may have to include a second body for the money to work, but such a deal could still make sense, especially for two teams in different conferences.

In AAC news, you can now enjoy this Cody Eakin burger.

Jiri Hudler talks about hopefully playing as soon as possible. Plus, an update on Johnny Oduya. [SportsDayDFW]

I’m just going to leave this headline here: “How Kris Russell is defying his analytics critics.” [Sportsnet]

If you need a little listening material, Sean Shapiro’s got you covered.

Sean McIndoe lets us know what’s trending up and down. His entry about being patient with goaltending (that would be a down trend) includes this fun Wednesday morning tidbit. [Sportsnet]

There are 39 goaltenders who've appeared in at least ten games this year; the Stars' tandem of Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen rank 35th and 38th, respectively, in save percentage.

There was plenty going on in the #MDK last night.

  • P.K. Subban netted his seventh goal of the season, and the Predators beat the Avalanche 4-3. [On the Forecheck]
  • The Blues topped the Canadiens 3-2 in overtime. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]
  • The Jets fell to the Red Wings 4-3 in a shootout. [WIIM]
  • Marian Hossa scored twice as the Blackhawks blanked the Coyotes 4-0. [Second City Hockey]

Former Stars defenseman Philip Larsen was stretchered off the ice after a hit from Taylor Hall last night. Fortunately, the Canucks offered this update.

The AHL has announced its All-Star Game format. [AHL]

Bruins forward David Pastrnak is having himself a breakout season. [Sports Illustrated]

The Canucks had a special guest visit their locker room.

The Toronto Marlies have signed goalie Karri Ramo to a PTO. [Pension Plan Puppets]

And finally, may you celebrate every good thing in your life with as much enthusiasm as Micha.