Well mercifully this is the last week of a disappointing season for the Dallas Stars. Last year the Stars had the best record in the Western Conference but they will miss the playoffs. Arizona comes to town tonight. The Stars have beaten the Coyotes 8 straight at home. Your preview. (Stars Inside Edge)
Mike Heika had his weekly Q&A session topics include: What will be different next season for the Stars, what to do with their goaltending situation and who and where they might pick in this year’s draft. (Sportsday DFW)
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Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson will not be in the lineup tonight for the Yotes after being granted a leave of absence due to the death of his mother. (Arizona Coyotes)
Tonight will see the return of former Stars Dman Alex Goligoski. He struggled during the early part of the season, but has added plenty assists for the team down the stretch. (Arizona Coyotes)
Some roster moves by the Dallas/Texas Stars yesterday:
In a testament on how much the presence of the Stars have in developing local talent in the DFW area, a team from Friso won the High School Division II Hockey Championships. (Sportsday HS)
The Montreal Canadiens clinched the Atlantic Division yesterday.
Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews passed former Dallas/Minnesota Neal Broten for goals by a rookie and now is just 1 short of 40 for the season.
Another special night for Auston Matthews. Most goals by a U.S. born rookie is now his record. pic.twitter.com/AmE3ewh5YK— Chris Oddo (@TheFanChild) April 4, 2017
The big news yesterday was NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s announcement that the league would not be sending NHL players to the 2018 Olympics. Will be interesting to see if individual players still decide to play or not. Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin has already said he will play for Team Russia. (SB Nation)
One hockey writer thinks it is a good thing the NHL stopped waffling about the Olympic participation. (ESPN)
What Team Canada could look like without NHL players if they go with “Plan B”. (The Globe and Mail)
With the lack of NHL players in the 2018 Olympics suddenly the host South Korea team becomes one of the favorites with all their North American ringers. (TG&M)
The Kings missed the playoffs for the 2nd time in 3 years. So might it time for Coach Darryl Sutter to go? LA had the 3rd best goals against average of 2.40 per game but were 26th in scoring at 2.38. (The Hockey News)
The ageless Jaromir Jagr would like to return to the Panthers for his 24 NHL season. (Yahoo Sports)
Which teams from the Eastern Conference are the hottest right now entering the playoffs? (Sportsnet)
The US Women’s team advanced to the semifinals of the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship with a 5-3 win over Finland. (USA Hockey)
Finally who can’t remember this classic fight between Tie Domi and Bob Probert 21 years ago yesterday.