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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Downed By Predators, 4-1

Stars fall to 1-3 for the year. Plus, small sample sizes, small defensemen, and Crosby vs. Ovechkin

Dallas Stars v Nashville Predators Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

While the final score looked a lot worse than the game seemed for the first 55 or so minutes, the Stars still took the L. They again managed to put up a good shot total, with 31, but in the recurring theme of the young season failed to capitalize on the numerous scoring chances they created throughout the game. Here are some highlights and post game reactions:

The PK started strong with a 5 minute kill on Martin Hanzal’s boarding major:

Jamie Benn notched his first goal of the season in the first:

In the second, the Predators tied it up on Samuel Girard’s first NHL goal and then took the lead with Filip Forsberg’s PP tally:

Then in the third, Viktor Arvidsson added the insurance goal and PK Subban iced it with an empty netter:

Another frustrating night for the Stars. Here’s what the Coach and the Captain had to say about it:

And here’s the official recap, if masochism is your kind of thing:

Stars’ News

John Klingberg and Esa Lindell have gotten off to strong starts:

Josh Clark writes that the new guys have gotten off to pretty strong starts as well. [Blackout Dallas]

Scott Burnside had a chat with Nashville’s Ryan Johansen before yesterday’s game. [NHL]

Sticks and stones may break Alexander Radulov’s bones (maybe not), but words don’t hurt him either:

So far, the Stars are surpassing Ken Hitchcock’s goal of a combined power play and penalty kill percentage of 105. Granted, it has only been three games. [Wrong Side of the Red Line]

The Texas Stars are gearing up for their first game this season out here Californie-way.

Around the League

James van Riemsdyk was closely monitoring Alex Radulov’s free agency prior to his upcoming contract negotiations. [SportsNet]

Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of the first time a woman suited up for an NHL team:

Dave Lozo, who is never actually happy, was especially ornery writing from Las Vegas:

Here are some reactions to early season stats, with the caveat that they are all small sample sizes. [SportsNet]

Obligatory Jaromir Jagr link: the Mullet thinks he will get better with age this season. Also, 10 of his teammates weren’t born when he made his NHL debut, which is crazy. [SportsNet]

Calgary Flames v Los Angeles Kings
Jagr made his Flames debut on Wednesday night.
Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Long live the little guy: Why NHL teams are having success with smaller defensemen. [The Hockey News]

The Puck Daddy Mailbag answers whether the Canadiens will be good this year, which teams hot/slow starts will last, how to know when a rookie is good, and more. [Puck Daddy]

Speaking of the Habs, after failing to trade Mark Streit, he’s been placed on waivers. [SportsNet]

When your top line has 18 combined points through 4 games, it’s a good recipe for being number one in the power rankings:

Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin: who ya got? [ESPN]

Pittsburgh Penguins v Washington Capitals - Game Two
Who will have the better season?
Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Could Houston be the city that makes the number of NHL teams even again? [SportsNet]

To keep the questions going: Have referees continued their whistle-happy preseason ways? Looks like it so far. [The Hockey News]

Pretty good burn. Maybe the best knitting burn I’ve ever seen: