The Dallas Stars were riding the yellow laces on a winning streak, beating the Colorado Avalanche 7-2 for their fifth straight win. But before they knew it, they had suddenly dropped three in a row, and now the locker room has been forced to look inwards for the cause of their recent troubles.
"It starts with me," (Captain Jamie) Benn said.
"It's humbling looking in the mirror," (Tyler) Seguin said. "If I look at myself the last few games going against the big dogs, I wasn't big enough. So I've got to be a lot better."
The Stars look to turn their luck around tonight against the New York Rangers, who currently sit 1 point out of a playoff spot (though with two games in hand). Maybe you think the game isn’t as important since it’s against an Eastern conference team, but in the words of Jason Spezza:
"You have to stop your losing streaks as quickly as you can in this league. This league doesn't forgive teams that aren't playing well. You have to find your game and regroup as quick as possible."
You can read more over at Mike’s place here.
I don’t blame you if you don’t want to think about the Vegas game, but here you go anyways:
Stars-Golden Knights Postgame Quotes https://t.co/24iYTyiQWE— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) December 10, 2017
NEW CARCAST: Stars thwarted by Lagace and Golden Knights SOUNDCLOUD: https://t.co/gu3psEjMPH up in iTunes soon— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) December 10, 2017
In much better news from that night, Jason Dickinson scored twice to propel the Texas Stars over the Ontario Reign [100 Degree Hockey].
Dickinson was recalled the next day from Cedar Park, and he and Julius Honka should both be in the lineup tonight:
Lehtonen in goal tomorrow.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) December 10, 2017
Honka will play. Not sure which D will come out
Dickinson in tomorrow as 4th line center.
Roussel (elbow) and Pateryn (thigh contusion) didn’t practice but could play tomorrow.
Hanzal practiced today, will travel, expected to play during trip.
Here are some more notes from practice courtesy of Mark Stepneski: [NHL]
Kari Lehtonen will tie Mikka Kiprusoff for the most NHL games played by a Finnish goalie tonight. Lehtonen opens up about the milestone and his lengthy NHL career. [The Upset]
Speaking of Kari, this was rather heartwarming:
Cool moment from practice today. Kid was wearing goalie mask while watching and his dad was trying to frame a picture of kid with Lehtonen in background. Kari saw this and invited dad and kid over for better photo when he got off ice— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) December 10, 2017
Three out of the four games last night involved Central teams, with mixed results for the Stars:
- The St. Louis Blues beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2, though they needed overtime to do it. [NHL]
- The Minnesota Wild and San Jose Sharks also went to overtime, where some result of the game happened.
- Chicago meanwhile had a much easier time than their rivals, defeating the Arizona Coyotes 3-1. [Five For Howling]
The Blackhawks have stopped skidding since their victory over Buffalo last Friday. Now they consistency:
The Blues may be the Stars’ rivals, but I never genuinely wish injuries upon other players. Get well soon, Jaden Schwartz:
Speaking of injuries...
Need some fantasy advice? As (almost) always, we got you covered. [Sportsnet]
While many fans will complain that Seattle will get a shot at an NHL team and not Quebec City, it’s important to realize that market size doesn’t always mirror success:
No Stars make the list (un)fortunately, but here’s PuckDaddy’s best and worst highlights of the past week: [Yahoo Sports]
Here’s another heart warmer to brighten your day a little bit (though you might want to save it till after the game tonight, just in case):