The Stars have had pretty good amount of success at home this season. They have posted a 10-4-0 record at the AAC, along with ranking in the top-10 in both goals scored and goals allowed. It’s going to be very important for the Stars to keep up their good Texas play as they are locked in a close battle for a wild card spot and have some very hot teams coming to town:
The Capitals are 10-2-0 in their last 12 games and currently sit with the second-best record in the Eastern Conference. The Stars swept the Blackhawks in a home-and-home series two-and-a-half weeks ago, but the Blackhawks have turned things around lately and are on a five-game winning streak. The Predators already have beaten the Stars twice this season and are 16-2-2 over their last 20 games and sit on top of the Western Conference
Along with playing in the friendly confines of their own arena, the Stars should benefit from the extra rest they will get over the next few weeks. They just finished a stretch of 11 games (8 on the road) in 19 days and now will play 10 (9 at home) in 26. John Klingberg is confident and succinct in his belief that the Stars will have a good run coming up:
"Yeah, it's going to be a tough stretch, but we are going to be at home, so we should take advantage of it," Klingberg said.
Read more from Mark Stepneski here.
Pretty slow news day today, hence the low number of links.
Mark Stepneski dropped his Prospect Report:
Here’s Ken Hitchcock on the very important next few games:
We've got the Capitals, Blackhawks and Predators this week. All of them good teams that are playing well. Goaltending will be key to pick up some wins. pic.twitter.com/D1LuzviciH— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) December 18, 2017
A couple updates from yesterday’s practice:
Ben Bishop in goal tomorrow.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) December 18, 2017
Marc Methot (knee) practiced today, but not close to returning according to Hitch.
Mike Heika writes that one of Ken Hitchcock’s challenges is harnessing Alex Radulov’s “just drank a triple shot of espresso spiked with Red Bull” energy levels. [SportsDayDFW]
The Other 30
Rob Mixer’s Mixed Bag takes a look at the disaster in Ottawa, the continued success of the Golden Knights, and Jack Eichel’s first career hat trick. [Sporting News]
I think the Canucks must have walked under a ladder while simultaneously breaking a mirror and spilling some salt (without throwing some over their left shoulder) before the season started:
More in foot injury news:
This seems a tad
ridiculous insane premature, no? Loving #21 though:
Jonathan Toews named the seventh-best captain of all time by the NHL Network. The full list, for your perusal and outrage: pic.twitter.com/FjZ9IZOFVo— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) December 18, 2017
Ryan Lambert also has some spicy words for Melnyk. [Puck Daddy]
I think that train has left the station:
Ottawa fans are steamed at owner Eugene Melnyk. Here's how he can make amends: https://t.co/qa5pVZPNeO— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) December 18, 2017
Can you picture this more as the site of a hockey rink or a soccer field:
A decision about the future of Belmont Park, as the new home of either the #Isles or #NYCFC, is expected to be announced this week, according to multiple people familiar with the situation | @jimbaumbach https://t.co/Savyn1eSds pic.twitter.com/sYOPKY0KWS— Newsday Sports (@NewsdaySports) December 18, 2017
This one could probably lead to a lot of debate: Greg Wyshynski ranks the ten greatest seasons in NHL history. [ESPN]
I wish the Jets weren’t in the Stars division/always beating the Stars because they really are a fun team to watch. Here’s how they got that way:
Hockey players with #GoodDogs - apparently a bunch of pomeranians were ceased by local law enforcement and the Vegas Golden Knights got to work trying to get 14 puppers adopted. Here’s Marc-Andre Fleury and a puppy (warning: cuteness overload):