The Dallas Stars’ problems have fed and amplified each other all season, but they all seem to end in the same place: Quite simply, the team just can’t get on a roll and stay there.
All the usual troubles showed up as if summoned during last night’s home loss to the Ottawa Senators, as Mike Heika recounts:
Dallas was hoping to string together three victories in a row for just the second time this season Wednesday, but instead melted like a box of chocolates at an Easter barbecue in a 5-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators. The Stars conveniently packaged a season's worth of excuses into one game, including pulling the goalie, giving up two power-play goals and tallying another "own goal."
"I don't have an answer for you," said forward Jason Spezza, who had a goal and an assist. "We haven't been able to go on a streak, and that's why we are where we are. You have to ride the wave when you're winning games, and you have to try to string five or six games together to make up ground in the standings. We haven't been able to do that, and it's been incredibly frustrating."
With their latest streak snapped before it could really get started, Heika looks to what their road stand might hold:
Now the Stars head out on a four-game trip through California and Canada, and get to start all over again trying to put together a winning streak. The fact that the only time they had three consecutive victories this season came against Los Angeles and cellar-dwellers Colorado and Arizona (Dec. 23-29) could mean the wait might take until the end of the season, when the Stars see the Avalanche and Coyotes again.
You can read the rest at Mike’s place. [SportsDayDFW]
There was at least one good development in last night’s game, which was a first career point for new call-up Remi Elie.
And Devin Shore drew this admiring notice from analytics guru Corey Sznajder.
Devin Shore always scores when I track a Dallas game & it's almost always a great play some ridiculous individual effort.— Corey Sznajder (@ShutdownLine) March 9, 2017
ICYMI, Adam Cracknell has signed a one-year extension with the Stars.
Very happy to be a part of the @DallasStars for another season. Thanks for all the support!— Adam Cracknell (@ACracknell24) March 8, 2017
Former Star Trevor Daley is one of the many current and former black professional hockey players who appear in Damon Kwame Mason’s new documentary, Soul on Ice: Past, Present and Future. The film premiered at Tampa’s Gasparilla Film Festival on Tuesday.
Promoting the history and the future of hockey, for everyone. https://t.co/Bc2V3NjtAJ— NHL (@NHL) March 9, 2017
Meanwhile, in Boca Raton, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the Coyotes’ future is in Arizona (just not in Glendale) on the last day of the NHL GM meeting.
At the same meeting, representatives from the Swedish Ice Hockey Association said “thank you” for hiring all the John Klingbergs, but made the case that the SHL and their system overall are better served by developing that talent at home. [TSN]
The GMs also agreed that the timeout rule needs changing. [NHL]
And the 2018 Winter Olympics appear to be sliding all the way off the table.
Yet with all this “strong negative sentiment” among the GMs, why won’t Bettman just cut bait? Tim Wharnsby examines why the league is stalling on its decision. [CBC]
Steve Mears and NHL Network have a video recap, including proposed changes to the bye-week format.
The “can’t watch, in a meeting” version:
The NHL is looking at changing bye week to having 15 teams off at one time, 16 the next. First two games would be vs. teams coming off bye.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 8, 2017
Brandon DeFazio scored the GWG – on his mom’s birthday, no less – as the Texas Stars began a four-game home stand with a victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins, 5-4.
First Star of the Game Gemel Smith recorded his first pro hat trick, including two short-handed goals.
Finally: Apparently, British Columbia native Carey Price doesn’t hang out with island folk like Jordie Benn. Or maybe he was making fun of the idea that you somehow know everybody from your state (or province). Anyway, the Montreal Canadiens are 4-0-0 since the Stars traded Yukon Cornelius to them, so enjoy that. [BarDown]