Well, uh, hopefully no one stayed up late to watch last night’s game. But if you did, there was one very small silver lining to the Stars’ 5-1 loss to the Sharks: Remi Elie picked up his first NHL goal.
As far as the rest of the game—and the season, for that matter—Mike Heika didn’t pull any punches when describing it.
They have allowed 221 goals, tied with Colorado for most in the league.
They have the worst save percentage, have allowed the most power play goals against, and have the worst penalty kill.
They are a mess.
A team that finished second in the NHL last season drops to 27-31-10 and sits 11 points out of a playoff spot with 14 games remaining. And they added to their problems in the Stars-iest way Sunday. Dallas had a 14-3 advantage in shots on goal and was dominating the ice against a San Jose team that played Saturday. However, backup goalie and former Allen American Aaron Dell, was holding the fort for the Sharks.
If you feel like starting your Monday off with a reminder of how this year has gone, head on over to the link for more on the loss. [SportsDayDFW]
Get to know a little more about Remi Elie, who Jason Spezza refers to as “tenacious.” [SportsDayDFW]
Sean Shapiro explains why the Texas Stars don’t employ a full-time AHL goalie coach. [Wrong Side of the Red Line]
Meanwhile, in the KHL...
Valeri Nichushkin had 2 shots, 3 blocks, and a hit in 19:11 TOI as CSKA took a 2-1 lead in in 2nd round KHL playoff series with Lokomotiv.— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) March 12, 2017
The Rangers will be without goalie Henrik Lundqvist for 2-3 weeks. [Blueshirt Banter]
In other injury news, Penguins forward Carl Hagelin will miss four weeks with a lower-body injury. [NHL]
Evgeny Kuznetsov is critical to the Capitals’ success. [Puck Daddy]
And speaking of the Caps, they’ll be playing sans the recently acquired Kevin Shattenkirk for two games.
Washington’s Kevin Shattenkirk suspended two games for charging Los Angeles’ Kevin Gravel. https://t.co/Lqbgu4gg1J— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) March 12, 2017
Blue Jackets rookie defenseman Zach Werenski has been essential to the team this season. [The Hockey News]
Current and former Canadiens players and coaches (including Jordie Benn) share their experiences of playing in the spotlight in Montreal. [NHL]
James Reimer talks about playing with the Panthers and the perks of being in a smaller market. [TSN]
The NHL’s seven Canadian teams have rebounded after last year’s abysmal showing. [The Athletic]
And finally, introducing the Minnesota High School All-Hockey Hair Team: