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Dallas Stars Daily Links: All Hail Radek Faksa

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Radek Faksa’s natural hat trick is just another reason why he should be getting more playing time. Plus talk about struggling teams and increased scoring.

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While Ben Bishop deserves much credit for giving Vegas their first shutout loss at home, the real star of the show (no pun intended) was Radek Faksa. The center has always been one of my favorite players, and so it brought me great joy to watch him score his first career hat trick.

In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I’m just gonna sit here and watch it again. And again. And again.

Faksa is now the top scorer for the Stars not named Benn, Seguin, Radulov, or Klingberg. Which makes this stat both surprising and rather depressing:

Speaking of fun facts, if you like trivia as much as I do, then you’re gonna love these tidbits:

But of course, let’s not forget the most important statistic of all:

In other Stars news, Mike Heika had his live chat yesterday and discussed which defenders could benefit the most from increasing playing time during Marc Methot’s absence. [SportsDay DFW]

Meanwhile in Cedar Park, goaltender Landon Bow led the Texas Stars to three straight wins on the road. [NHL]


Central Check-In

The Blackhawks and Predators were the only other Central teams to play last night, against each other no less. The Predators emerged with a 3-2 victory. [One the Forecheck]

Dan Rosen had his mailbag yesterday and featured Tyler Seguin as the only Star to make his quarter season Central All Star team. People do realize that John Klingberg is leading all defenders in points, right? [NHL]

Here are two punishments that I’m fine with:

(I would apologize for that, but I wouldn’t mean it).

Speaking of fines, here’s a pretty hilarious story of a Jets’ fans anti-Corey Perry Go Fund Me campaign. [NBC Sports]


Around the League

Miro Heiskanen got a shoutout from Elliotte Friedman in his 31 Thoughts column, thus fulfilling my “mention Miro Heiskanen at least once” quota for my Links posts.[Sportsnet]

The fun could end any day now, but scoring so far is up this season. I personally thank these guys:

Or if you want some more concrete answers, Greg Wyshysnki looks into possible reasons as to why. [ESPN]

Are the Stars terrible? No, but too many of these points hit close to home for comfort:

Speaking of bad teams, Peter Chiarelli didn’t mince words when talking about how the Oilers have been so far, but he’s not going to make any major changes. Yet. [CBC News]

Matt Murray is sidelined for the 5th time 19 months. Should the Penguins start to feel concerned about the two-time champion’s durability? [The Hockey News]


Finally...

We didn’t technically start with him, but we’ll end with him: congrats once again to Radek Faksa on the hat trick.