Dallas enjoyed some home cooking and were able to turn things around going 5-2-2 on the latest homestand, Now they will take their act on the road that will have them playing 3 games in 4 nights.
It's a good test for us," said Stars forward Curtis McKenzie. "It's three good teams, three big-bodied teams. You've got to expect a physical war every night. If we can have a good road trip here, it will be huge for our team.
With just 5 road wins this season, Dallas will need to kick it up a notch against Western Conference foes, St. Louis tonight and the Kings and Ducks on Monday and Tuesday.
It's just overall improvement. We have to improve in a lot of different areas," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff.
I think the biggest thing is we've got to score some goals on the road. We've got to get some teams down. Obviously, special teams is a big deal. If you can win that battle on the road, that puts you in a good place.
"I think our road game has been better, but we know we are going to have to improve if we want to make a move up the standings.
We've been playing a game that you should be able to win in any building,
More here from Mark Stepneski (Stars Inside Edge)
Yesterday Dallas sent defensemen Patrik Nemeth to the Texas Stars on a conditioning assignment. Nemeth who has dropped to 8th spot among Stars defense will get some playing time instead of watching from the press box. He can stay down there for 14 days and will have a chance to play in 8 games with the Cedar Park boys.
Stars general manager Jim Nill said Nemeth was part of the decision and they have been looking for about six weeks to send him to the AHL. Since only one non-injury conditioning stint is allowed per season they were looking for a heavy stretch of games for Texas, like this run of eight games coming up.
Sporting a 2-8 overtime record Dallas needs to change things up as the season continues.
The points we’ve lost in overtime is just becoming unacceptable,” Stars head coach Lindy Ruff said following Tuesday’s game. “That’s hard because we need points right now.
STARS MAILBAG: How should you handle young defensemen? https://t.co/1CxTD2uiTZ— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) January 6, 2017
How long had it been since Patrik Nemeth scored in regular season or playoffs?— 100 Degree Hockey (@100degreehockey) January 7, 2017
Nemeth had a short-handed goal and assist and was named 1st Star in the Texas Stars 4-2 win over the Cleveland Monsters (Columbus). Last years Calder Cup champs the Monsters had problems with the Stars speed, giving up numerous odd man rushes.
If you want to watch the Texas Stars but don’t want to make the trip to Cedar Park or any other AHL teams. With all 30 teams in action tonight AHL Live is offering free viewing, just for tonight.
3 Central Division foes played last night:
-Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling turned aside 39 shots in the 2-1 win over Carolina. (Second City Hockey)
-Colorado needed overtime to get past the Islanders 2-1. (Mile High Hockey)
-Nashville ran out of gas on the 2nd night of a back to back and lost 2-1 to the Panthers. (On the Forecheck)
China may get a chance to host a preseason game next season. They also expanded into the KHL this year and is one of the few last untapped hockey markets. (Sportsnet)
It seems the KHL has expanded too much with 29 teams as some players haven’t been paid since August. The new China team plays to empty arenas and players have problem getting equipment. (The Athletic)
Canadiens winger Brendan Gallagher had surgery on his hand that was hit by a Shea Weber shot during Tuesday’s game against the Stars. He is expected to be out 8 weeks. (The Hockey News)
The actual hit in GIF forms:
i'd be pissed too if i got hit by a weber slap shot pic.twitter.com/DFBHZmRuXm— GIF Grand Maester (@myregularface) January 5, 2017
The moment of fracture pic.twitter.com/SIaDydGfnu— GIF Grand Maester (@myregularface) January 6, 2017
As I reported earlier this week Montreal signed goalie Al Montoya to an extension so they can expose him for expansion draft. 13 other NHL teams do not meet the critera that goalies that are exposed must be under contract for the 2017-2018 season.
More here. (Sin Bin Vegas)
Ah the life of an emergency backup goalie. Last night Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo was injured during warmups. So normal backup goalie James Reimer got the start and Panthers ticket sales account executive Bobby Segin dressed as the emergency backup against the Nashville Predators. (CBC Sports)
Five team stats you may find interesting https://t.co/zzmpjwOrAf— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) January 6, 2017
Finally an OHL team is honoring the Canadian Band The Tragically Hip with their sweaters.