Fun Fact: Antti Niemi is 13-3-3 in his career against Detroit with a 1.91 GAA and .936 save percentage.— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) January 12, 2017
Final Fun Fact (for now): Dallas is 1-6-3 against the Eastern Conference. The Stars were 20-9-3 vs. the East last season.— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) January 12, 2017
Dallas got the all important 1st goal against the Red Wings last night, but then had a conga line to the sin bin and a turnover that led to a goal had them down 2-1 at the end of first period.
According to John Klingberg, after the 1st period Jamie Benn rallied the team and that led to a big 2nd period. Captain leadership is huge— Bruce LeVine (@BruceLeVinePuck) January 13, 2017
In the 2nd the Stars got 2 goals in 40 seconds from John Klingberg and Stephen Johns to break the 2-2 tie. Patrick Eaves empty net goal sealed the 5-2 win.
We won in Los Angeles last week (6-4), and I think a lot of those goals were a credit to getting people to the net and pucks to the net," said Brett Ritchie, "but we got away from it in Anaheim, so that was an emphasis tonight. We wanted to make it hard on the goalie, and it worked for us tonight.
More of the recap here from Mark Stepneski. (Stars Inside Edge)
Postgame Quotes. (Ruffed Lines)
Johns returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch the past 3 games. He was in Coach Lindy Ruffs doghouse with his delay of penalty versus the Canadiens that led to a goal. Now he is trying his best to be consistent to stay in the lineup. (Wrong Side of the Red Line)
Currently the Stars sit just outside the final wild card spot in the Western Conference. Their inconsistent play doesn’t allow them to gain any ground in the standings, but they are still in contention. (Blackout Dallas)
Brett Ritchie went 12 games without a goal, but now has 2 goals in 3 games and he credits it by driving the net. (WSRL)
Twitter was all abuzz yesterday with the announcement that the San Diego Chargers(NFL) were moving to Los Angeles. Their new logo kind of looked like a cross between the LA Dodgers (MLB) and the Tampa Bay Lightning’s bolt. Dallas had some fun with it changing the Stars logo to the Dallas Cowboys (NFL) star with a Victory Green touch. (DMN)
When Vegas has their Expansion Draft in June, who will they pick from Dallas? Right now the candidates seem to be Cody Eakin, Antoine Roussel or Val Nichushkin. (BOD)
The NHL Centennial Truck is in Dallas this weekend giving fans a unique experience:
Winnipeg’s goalie situation is a mess right now. Opening Night starter Ondrej Pavelec is playing across the hall for the Jets AHL franchise the Manitoba Moose. Connor Hellebuyck and Michael Hutchinson have both been inconsistent. should they make a trade for a starter or bring Pavelec back up. (Sportsnet)
Fresh off bye week, Avs try to rebound from horrid start https://t.co/MWu1quigF0— ESPN NHL coverage (@ESPN_NHL) January 12, 2017
Right now the Minnesota Wild are comfortably in a playoff spot, but if they want to stay there they will have to avoid their normal late season slump. (Hockey Wilderness)
With a series of small moves here and there Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman has cleared enough cap space to be able to make a trade as the dead line. (The Athletic)
Not sure what was the magic word. but Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan was ejected last night for barking at the referees. (Sportsnet)
Boston goalie Tuukka Rask is thankful for his mask:
Rask leaves game after taking puck to mask in loss https://t.co/kuDundBsSm— ESPN NHL coverage (@ESPN_NHL) January 13, 2017
Traditionally, the fourth line in the NHL has been the domain of the enforcer, the battering ram, the "energy guy". It's a line, hockey thinking says, that you send out when you want an opposition team physically punished, whether that be with a fight or by being introduced to the glass hard and often. Teams like Boston and Columbus are changing thoughts on the 4th line.
What Boston are doing here is the template for a fourth line in the new NHL - being a productive offensive line while also managing to be an incredibly effective shutdown line.
Toronto has been in rebuild mode for a while but when former Devils GM Lou Lamoriello took over things began to improve. Their youth movement has them ahead of schedule. (CBC Sports)
Martin St. Louis number 26 will be retired by the Lightning tonight. St. Louis played 14 seasons for the Bolts and helped them win a Stanley Cup in 2004. (NHL)
Finally who doesn’t like a goalie fight? Especially when it ends with one punch.