Since acquiring Kris Russell from the Flames at the trade deadline, the Stars have seen one stat trend upward: blocked shots. But while Russell may be leading the charge, he's not the only player who's stepped up in that department, says Mike Heika.
Since joining the Stars, Russell has held steady with 30 blocks in nine games (3.3 per game), but the Stars have exceeded their average of 15.0 per game in recent performances. On Thursday, Dallas registered 20 blocked shots. On Saturday, the Stars had 26.
"I think it really is a team effort, where it gets contagious when you see guys that don't normally block shots give up their body and block a shot," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said, singling out Colton Sceviour, Ales Hemsky and Valeri Nichushkin.
For more on Russell and the team's shot blocking, head to the link. [SportsDayDFW]
The Stars will face the Blackhawks in Chicago tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. Until then, you can catch up with Mark Stepneski's Sunday notes, where Lindy Ruff said Kari Lehtonen has the "upper hand" in the Stars' goalie tandem. [Stars]
Minnesota beat Chicago in a shootout last night, which means...
The Stars don't clinch a playoff spot tonight, but they can do it Tuesday in Chicago.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) March 21, 2016
The Stars will have to rely on Jason Spezza down the stretch. [The Hockey Writers]
Just an FYI, in case you've got some spare cash lying around...
Current bid for Kari Lehtonen's Lone Survivor mask is $3,880. For those looking for a nice gift.https://t.co/txpETk9XvS— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) March 20, 2016
Sidney Crosby talks 3-on-3 overtime, fighting in today's NHL, and the current playoff format. [ESPN[
At Sportsnet, a look at how Finnish players in the NHL juggle their hockey careers and their country's mandatory military service. [Sportsnet]
Steve Mayer, the league's executive vice president and executive producer for programming and development, has been hard at work since stepping into the role in December. [Puck Daddy]
Here's what you need to know before the NCAA men's hockey tournament gets underway. [CBS Sports]
And finally, here's your Bud Light Frozen Moment of the Week.