Stars prospects Denis Gurianov and Joe Cecconi both turned in impressive performances for their respective countries at the World Juniors. Here’s what Lindy Ruff had to say about Gurianov, who helped Russia take home the bronze:
Gurianov, who is playing with the Texas Stars in the AHL, had seven points (four goals, three assists) in seven games. He scored the game-winning goal in overtime against Sweden in the bronze medal game.
"He initially started slow, but he really finished the tournament right up there at the top on that team," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "I loved his speed, I loved that he could drive wide, and obviously him scoring goals. It just look that his confidence grew as soon as he got the first one. It's always great to see your players getting the job done."
There’s more on Cecconi, who Ruff calls a “stay-at-home, keep-it-simple type,” at the link. [SportsDayDFW]
The Stars and the Kings face off tonight at 9:30 p.m. Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup. [Stars]
The Stars’ plane was forced to make an emergency landing yesterday because of smoke in the cockpit.
After an emergency landing after takeoff due to an electrical issue, the team has boarded a new plane and is currently traveling to LA.— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) January 8, 2017
Valeri Nichushkin has been named to the KHL All-Star Game.
Stars prospect Valeri Nichushkin has been selected for the KHL all-star game. (Yes, I consider Nichushkin a prospect)— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) January 8, 2017
Last night, in the Central Division...
- Ryan Hartman logged a hat trick in the Blackhawks’ 5-2 win over the Predators. (And Jonathan Toews had to wear a Team USA jersey to celebrate that victory.) [Second City Hockey]
- In Bruce Boudreau’s return to Anaheim, the Wild defeated the Ducks 2-1. [Hockey Wilderness]
Jets rookie Patrik Laine is out indefinitely with a concussion. [Sportsnet]
From Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski to Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner, six rookies you could see at the All-Star Game. [Fanrag Sports]
The teams at the AHL Outdoor Classic had to deal with the elements.
There is so much rain at the AHL Outdoor Classic tonight that whenever anyone shoots the puck, they also shoot a puddle of water pic.twitter.com/RJ8O72ia2w— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) January 8, 2017
Along with Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine, rookies Anthony Mantha and Matthew Tkachuk are having seasons to remember. [TheScore]
Chris Pronger has his eye on a general manager position. [The Hockey News]
And finally, a goalie in QMJHL scored a shorthanded goal.