Thanks to a three-goal second period (and some goal reviews going their way), the Stars beat the Sabres 4-3 last night and headed into the All-Star break on something of a high note.
The win pushes the Stars to 20-20-10, good for 50 points after 50 games.
The NHL All-Star Game tournament will be played Sunday, so Dallas gets a four-day break before heading into the stretch run. But with the current pace for the second wildcard playoff spot at 88 points, Dallas is still in the mix with 32 games to go.
"We talk about it all of the time, we still have a chance to get back in this," Stars center Tyler Seguin said before the game. "There's a lot of time left, and at the same time there's not. We just have to start getting points."
Patrick Sharp netted two goals in the win, while Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin both added one apiece.
Lindy Ruff offered this update on Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi.
Ruff said Niemi was sick yesterday and Lehtonen was dehydrated. Chose to go with Niemi, made change because Niemi didn't look right.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) January 27, 2017
There’s more on the win at the link. [SportsDayDFW]
It was scout city at the game last night.
Scouts from TB, VAN, MTL, NJ, LA, ARI, CAR, PHI, ANA, CHI, MN, DET plan to watch DAL vs. BUF tonight. https://t.co/TKrGfW4s6z— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) January 27, 2017
Over at Sportsnet, Andrew Berkshire put together an “Analytics All-Star Team” for the Western Conference, and chose Jamie Benn for the Central squad over Tyler Seguin. [Sportsnet]
Devin Shore on working hard and playing through your mistakes. [SportsDayDFW]
"He doesn't look anywhere else for his mistakes, which is a real good quality," Ruff said. "If you want to get better in this league, you have to be honest with yourself.”
Elsewhere in the Central...
- The Jets rallied in the third period to beat the Blackhawks 5-3. [Second City Hockey]
- The Predators defeated the Blue Jackets 3-2. [On the Forecheck]
- The Wild cruised past the Blues to a 5-1 win. [Hockey Wilderness]
The Canadiens and the Lightning did a little trading yesterday.
Canadiens acquire defenseman Nikita Nesterov from Tampa, in return for defenseman Jonathan Racine and a 6th round pick in 2017.— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) January 27, 2017
Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing hip surgery. [Denver Post]
John Tortorella has taken an emergency leave from the Blue Jackets due to a family emergency and won’t be coaching at the All-Star Game. [TSN]
Why is it so tough to rank the NHL’s top 100 players? Sean McIndoe breaks down the difficulties. [Sportsnet]
After this play, the Bruins’ Brad Marchand became the latest player to be fined.
Boston’s Brad Marchand fined $10,000, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for a dangerous trip on Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall.— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) January 26, 2017
The Senators could start next season with a game in Sweden. [Ottawa Sun]
Doug Wilson is just the fourth person in NHL history to serve 1,000 games as both a player and GM. Here’s a look at his career. [The Hockey News]
Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson will replace an injured Evgeni Malkin at the All-Stars Game. [LA Times]
Happy birthday to the Great One!
Happy Birthday to the greatest to lace 'em up. pic.twitter.com/ZB0MX40xP2— NHL (@NHL) January 26, 2017
Sure, it’s all about Connor McDavid in Edmonton, but the Oilers have some high praise for 21-year-old Leon Draisaitl. [Puck Daddy]
Who would be the best head coach for Vegas? [The Hockey News]
And finally, if you were at the game last night, you could have been—as Razor put it—the recipient of “a reasonable facsimile of handsome young Tyler.”