The Dallas Stars haven’t yet lived up to anyone’s expectations for 2016-17, especially their own.
Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin talked with Dan Rosen of NHL.com about how they’ve tried (and sometimes failed) to produce under pressure...
"The pressure can sometimes be a little bit higher on yourself when there is more on the team, when you're that guy that has to produce and be one of the leaders," [Seguin] said. "It's definitely manageable and in the end I try to think that I have so much expectations of myself that I try to push everything else from the outside away, but it's about putting that together in one piece."
...and also about how they refuse to give up on the season:
"It is there for us to go and grab it, take it," Seguin said. "We're going to get through this. Leaders are going to lead the way. I know our captain is going to lead the way. We'll lift each other and get through this."
There’s more in Dan Rosen’s latest Central Division notebook. [NHL]
Don’t forget, you can watch Segs and Captain P.K. Subban with the Central Division squad in the 2017 All-Star Game at 2:30 p.m. Central today.
Ty-Lord talked with Mike Heika about how the 3-on-3 workout and watching his fellow superstars compete gives him “a little jolt” of extra energy for the rest of the regular season. [SportsDayDFW]
The L.A. fans should enjoy watching Wayne Gretzky coach the Metropolitan Division team – he subs for John Tortorella, who withdrew in order to care for a sick dog belonging to his Army Ranger son. [Los Angeles Times]
Last night’s skills competition produced the super-predictable moment when Connor McDavid won fastest skater (yet didn’t quite catch Dylan Larkin’s 2016 record)... [Puck Daddy]
...the also super-predictable yet still awesome-in-the-way-that’s-terrifying moment when Shea Weber and his arm-bazooka won their third consecutive hardest-shot title... [NHL on NBC]
...the possibly-also-predictable yet delightful moment when Ryan Kesler’s Mini Me – his seven-year-old son, Ryker – scored on Carey Price... [CBC]
...and the moment when former Star Mike Smith fulfilled every netminder’s dream with this spectacular 200-foot five-hole goal on his first attempt. [FOX Sports]
Dallas Stars Stanley Cup team members Mike Modano, Brett Hull and Joe Nieuwendyk were named among the 100 Greatest NHL Players of All Time.
Sean Shapiro also reminded that Eric Lindros wore the star:
Eric Lindros was also a Dallas Star. https://t.co/NwUSAcKM1U— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) January 28, 2017
And Mike Heika added Jaromir Jagr and Bob Gainey to the Stars’ honor roll.
Jagr, too. And Bob Gainey was a big part of the organization. https://t.co/uTZFfdJSSG— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) January 28, 2017
Here’s a bonus: If you show up for the announcement, you get to meet Don Draper. (Or maybe Don Draper gets to meet you.)
Meanwhile, @NHL provided this infographic to put the NHL 100 in perspective.
Every Party Needs a Pooper, That’s Why We Invited You: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman still didn’t have an Olympics announcement, except to blame the IOC for opening “a can of worms” about expenses. [NHL on NBC]
Meanwhile, the league is working on two different schedules, just in case. [Associated Press]
Not-so-fun fact: John Klingberg doesn’t even read Twitter anymore. Heika writes about how a tough season can be made tougher by social media. [SportsDayDFW]
The Vegas Golden Knights can start trading for players when they cough up $500 million – i.e., their final expansion payment to the NHL. [The Hockey News]
Finally: The Mighty Mo gets the last word. Enjoy.