Patrick Eaves is enjoying one of his best seasons so far tied with Tyler Seguin with 18 goals, 10 of those on the power play. So far this season he has only missed one game but he is lucky to be on the ice at all after a Roman Josi (Predators) shot from the point shattered his jaw back in 2011, when he played for the Red Wings.
Fortunately I didn’t eat it,” recalled Eaves. “But it got me through my ear hole on my helmet, broke my jaw in a bunch of places — kinda just blew up my ear up a little bit and dislocated everything so I was a mess for a while.”
Eaves also battled concussion symptoms after the hit turned to ping pong to aid in his recovery.
“I’d say [vision therapy] was the biggest thing,” explained Eaves. “Just retraining my eyes so my body wasn’t spinning all the time. That took a while actually. But I was able to use ping-pong — which is something I love — to help train my eyes again. But getting out on the ice, sometimes you’d just fall right over and you’re — what’s going on?”
More here. (The Hockey Writers)
Some good news on the injury front Radek Faksa was able to return to practice yesterday and may play tonight vs the Maple Leafs. (Wrong Side of the Red Line)
Friday a report from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said a high ranking official said coach Lindy Ruff would be fired if the Stars miss the postseason. They wouldn’t necessarily need to fire him since this is the final year of his contract.
The Hockey News says that this season is not Ruff’s fault as injuries and slumps by Jamie Benn and John Klingberg have helped doomed this season. (THN)
Mark Stepneski has your preview of tonight’s game against Toronto 7:30 pm FSSW. (Stars Inside Edge)
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Current Player Development coach Rich Peverley comes in at number 71 in Blackout Dallas look at the 100 best Dallas Stars players. Yesterday they profiled 71-80 on the list. (Blackout Dallas)
Texas had a dismal weekend losing both games to the last place Bakersfield Condors (Oilers). They look to turn things around this week with a home and home series against in-state rival San Antonio(Avalanche)
Earlier this month 100 Degree Hockey’s Steven Meserve took a trip to Boise to see how things were going with the Stars ECHL affiliate the Idaho Steelheads. His first report from that trip looks at the CenturyLink Arena where the Steelheads play. (100 Degree Hockey)
It seems most players who were interviewed at the All-Star game this weekend would be in favor of the league scrapping the shootout and extending the 3 on 3 overtime. (THN)
Has the NHL finally found an All-Star game format that works with their 3 on 3? (Fanrag Sports)
Some former goalies take a look at what has gone wrong this season for Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist this season. (Yahoo Sports)
Which Western Conference GM is under the most pressure to make a move prior to the trade deadline in a month. (Sportsnet)
Takeaways from NHL All-Star weekend https://t.co/mHGcNStK4b— ESPN NHL coverage (@ESPN_NHL) January 30, 2017
The New York Islanders may be getting the boot from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Islanders have the option to opt out of the 5 year nest season but the Barclays Center can pull the plug in 2018-2019. So could the team move back to their old Nassau Coliseum home. (Newsday)
Finally the All-Stars get the South Park treatment: