Just when you thought the dark days of January were officially behind the Dallas Stars, there's an 0-2-1 record from the past three games to make you think otherwise. The problem, Mike Heika says, is a familiar one for for the team.
The problem with this brief dip is it covers some old ground for the Stars. In losing to Arizona and Boston, Dallas allowed a combined 13 goals and 84 shots on net. That's poor defense from a team that's main goal all season has been tidy play.
The Stars have tonight off, but will practice before heading off to Winnipeg to face the Jets tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Lindy Ruff says the plans for today's skate include "tearing it down to ground level."
"...we get away from that every three weeks, where we slip back and we give up breakaways and rush chances that really seem preventable. We're trying to eliminate that type of game and stay consistent. For the most part, we've done a pretty good job of it."
For more on Dallas' search for consistency, check out the link. [SportsDayDFW]
Jack Campbell had a message to Stars fans after the Steelheads' game against the Wichita Thunder on Saturday. (Idaho fell 3-2 in overtime, but Campbell was the third Star of the Game.)
Just want to thank my stars fans that came out to the game tonight. Thank you so much for the support.— Jack Campbell (@1JackCampbell) February 21, 2016
If you were wondering about the asking price for Winnipeg forward Andrew Ladd, word on the street is that one team reportedly offered a first-round pick and a prospect. [Sportsnet]
Erik Karlsson talks about what it's like to be among the best in the league and breaks down his game. More importantly, John Klingberg gets a shout out.
He pays attention to the Swedes, though, and he lists Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Victor Hedman and John Klingberg as players with a similar style to his—they play a smart, creative, puck-moving game.
Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is now on Twitter. Follow or block at your leisure.
@shawz15er pipe down ya little puke, it's game day get focused— Jonathan Toews (@JonathanToews) February 21, 2016
Around the league, Defending the Blue Line is making a positive impact on military families and helping them get involved with hockey. [NHL]
Three weeks after the All-Star Game, John Scott talks about fighting, life with the IceCaps, and seeing his name on posters at games. [The Trentonian]
Thomas Vanek led the way in the Wild's 6-1 rout of the Blackhawks in their Stadium Series game yesterday.
Unfortunately for the Wild, they lost Jason Zucker to an upper-body injury injury during the game after a hit from Michal Rozsival (who received a game misconduct). Zucker is listed as day-to-day. [The Hockey News]
Mike Modano nearly put this one away in Saturday's Alumni Game.
Blackhawks alumni G Jimmy Waite makes an incredible stick save on Mike Modano pic.twitter.com/mqKTljdGAR— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) February 21, 2016
Denna Laing talked about her recovery process and what support from fans, teammates, and the hockey community has meant to her.
Today in crazy saves, Bud Holloway's acrobatics prevent an empty netter. His team still lost, but A for effort.
89-year-old, World War II vet and Coyotes parking lot attendant Louis Monaco is a fixture outside Gila River Arena and the guy "who runs everything," according to coach Dave Tippett. [Sports Illustrated]
And finally, here's your Bud Light Frozen Moment of the Week, courtesy of Mattias Janmark and happier times.