Stars captain Jamie Benn missed practice yesterday after getting a stick caught in his skate, during Saturday’s game. Benn hasn’t missed a game due to injury since March 2013, hopes the extra days rest will allow him to play Wednesday.
I feel pretty good. Just a little bit of a tweak in my foot the last game," Benn said Monday. "Just going to take it day by day. We've got a couple days here, so it will be great to get some maintenance.
Benn has a history of playing through injuries, including still playing with 2 bad hips during the 2014-15 season and was still able to win the Art Ross Trophy.
I think it is every hockey player's mentality that they want to play every game," Benn said. "It's doing the right things and the smart things to be in or out, so we'll see what happens the next couple days here. Hopefully, I'll be in on Wednesday.
More here and a Antoine Roussel injury update. (Stars Inside Edge)
Ducks in town tomorrow. One year ago they were 11-14-5 after 30 games. Found a way to turn it around & make playoffs as top seed in Pacific.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) December 13, 2016
Do you remember this tweet from December 12th prior to the Stars 6-2 win over Anaheim? Can Dallas turn things around similar to the Ducks last season now that the calendar has flipped to 2017?
On January 1, 2016, the Ducks were 15-15-6. That’s 36 points. The Stars are 16-15-7 with 39 points. If the Stars can learn anything from the Ducks, it’s that a semi-slow start does not do you in for the rest of the season. Anaheim’s turnaround can be mirrored. It’s up to the Stars to figure out how. (Blackout Dallas)
Western Conference Playoff Probabilities : 2017-01-01 pic.twitter.com/qqJJZSQZms— DTM About Heart (@DTMAboutHeart) January 1, 2017
Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News held his weekly Q&A session yesterday. Topics discussed included: What the Stars New Year’s resolution should be, what to expect from the team in 2017 and more. (DMN)
How did the Stars prospects do at the World Junior Championship yesterday?
Stars prospect update from the World Junior Championship quarterfinals https://t.co/ZXNiaCjlTK— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) January 3, 2017
One for the ladies:
It's the podcast you've been waiting for: Carolyn & Merrin review the Dallas Stars Fdn Fancy Boys calendar!https://t.co/ZdrtNOSgud— Deep In the Heart (@deephearthockey) January 2, 2017
Texas had rough week splitting a home and home series with San Antonio (Colorado) and losing both weekend games to San Diego (Anaheim). More in the weekly report (Texas Stars)
Hey. You. You’re late. The AHL Power Rankings went up at noon today instead of its regularly scheduled time. https://t.co/FkGvTHlBCW— Jason Iacona (@nafsnep) January 2, 2017
Only 3 games on last night’s schedule but 2 of them involved Central Division (MDK) teams:
It was the Vladimir Taresenko show
Stars fans still wishing the team had selected him with the 11th pick in the 2010 NHL Draft instead of goalie Jack Campbell as his 2 third period goals helped the Blues to win the Winter Classic contest over the Blackhawks 4-1. (St. Louis Game Time)
Canucks goalie Ryan Miller picked up his 350th career win 3-2 over the hapless Avalanche. (Nucks Misconduct)
The Winter Classic had four endearing mistakes before the puck even dropped. Like not having a puck to drop. https://t.co/ySQcFt82Oo— SB Nation NHL (@SBNationNHL) January 2, 2017
Last week the Hawks inked Artemi Panarin to a new 2 year contract for $12 million. That means Chicago now has a cap hit of $66 million for just 15 players leaving just a little over $7 mil to fill out the remaining 8 roster spaces. GM Stan Bowman will have to work his cap magic again. (Fanrag Sports)
With the off season trade or Shea Weber for P. K. Subban many hockey pundits had the Nashville Predators winning the Central. Inconsistent play has derailed them this season with 2 bad months and 1 good. (Sportsnet)
My profile on Shea Weber, the former face of the franchise who's facing an emotional, "weird" return to Nashville. https://t.co/ph1BH4PPzG— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) January 2, 2017
Dallas as well as 2 other Central Division teams are predicted to have better 2nd halves of their seasons. (Bleacher Report)
A new year means resolutions, The Hockey News has a look at all 30 teams resolutions. Dallas is to get healthy. (THN)
Is this year’s 1st overall pick Auston Matthews better than last years No. 1 Connor McDavid. The breakdown is right here. (Editor in Leaf)
Montreal gave backup goalie Al Montoya a 2 year extension so they will have a goalie to expose for the expansion draft. (NBC Sports)
An interesting interview with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. He discusses the pros and cons of the job, future Canadian expansion and whether he can skate or not. (Sportsnet Magazine)
If everybody who comes up to me afterwards and says, 'I didn't boo you' didn't boo me, I'm not sure anybody would be booing me.
Finally it has been 25 years since the Doug Gilmour trade. A 10 player deal moving Gilmour from Calgary to Toronto, some interesting takes:
New post: On the 25th anniversary of the Doug Gilmour trade, 25 fun facts about the deal. https://t.co/zeVXYLlqNj— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) January 2, 2017