And a big one comes in the form of Dan Hamhuis, who rebounded in a big way during the 3-1 victory. Hockey blogger and Stars NHL correspondent Sean Shapiro examined what that means for the team’s still-crowded blueline:
[Hamhuis], who had struggled most of the season, had his best game with a goal and an assist to go along with overall well-rounded play. His partner, Stephen Johns, was excellent against according to [Ken] Hitchcock, while the top-pairing of Marc Methot and John Klingberg have started to find much-needed chemistry.
So what happens when Jamie Oleksiak re-enters the lineup on Thursday against the Coyotes?
If you guessed that Julius Honka or Esa Lindell will be the next to ride the pine, Sean thinks so, too:
We now know that Hamhuis and Johns won’t be the scratches, Hitchcock said he’s not considering them for a night off after Tuesday’s win. It’s also a lock that Methot and Klingberg will stay together, so either Honka or Lindell will likely be scratched on Thursday.
There’s more at Sean’s website, including his video recap. [Wrong Side of the Red Line]
Mark Stepneski brings the postgame quotes from Hamhuis, Radek Faksa, and Hitch himself, among others. [Between the Blue Lines]
The Stars travel to Glendale for the second half of the home-and-away with the ’Yotes – and even after the win, Hitchcock says his team needs to raise its game.
Things went our way tonight, but Hitch says that the Stars will have to play much better against Arizona on Thursday to get the win. pic.twitter.com/ifhxXnvfGA— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) October 18, 2017
...Especially if they’re going to keep making other teams’ goalies look like Vezina candidates. (Yes, Mike Heika just said that.) [SportsDayDFW]
Meanwhile, would you like to rewatch Alexander Radulov scoring his first goal as a Star on an empty net? Of course you would.
And if you have a minute (or eight, to be exact), you can enjoy the complete game highlights here.
And Sean offers a sneak peek at The Hockey News’ rankings of the top 50 players for every NHL franchise.
The Hockey News ranked the top-50 players for each NHL franchise. Here is Stars page pic.twitter.com/EsO4LAb92u— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) October 17, 2017
Around the league(s)
Last night, in #Murder:
- Roman Josi returned from injury and earned two points as the Nashville Predators defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 4-1. [On the Forecheck]
- The Winnipeg Jets didn’t bring enough defense (or enough shots on goal) in a 5-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
Also at Sportsnet: Sean McIndoe steps away from the hot stove to find NHL coaches who aren’t in danger of getting fired this season.
Leon Draisaitl is officially on IR with an eye injury and concussion-like symptoms. But he was able to skate yesterday before practice for the Edmonton Oilers’ 5-3 drubbing by the Carolina Hurricanes.
Good news, Oilers fans.— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) October 17, 2017
Leon Draisaitl is back on the ice. pic.twitter.com/w3c9OXkXnC
But it’s not just missing Draisaitl, or even Andrej Sekera (still out with a knee injury from the playoffs) – right now, the Oil’s entire game “needs work.” [CBC]
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
The T-Stars’ social media team had some fun with #SloMoMonday yesterday. Enjoy.