The Dallas Stars want to get back to their winning ways immediately if not sooner. They’ll get the chance tonight at 7 p.m. Central time against the Anaheim Ducks, and they’re rolling some new combos in response.
Head coach Jim Montgomery is switching up the roster, and Julius Honka gets the nod tonight that he almost got against the Toronto Maple Leafs, reports Mark Stepneski:
Montgomery said he considered putting Honka in against Toronto but opted to wait one game before getting the 22-year-old in for his first game of the season.
”We thought Toronto was a good matchup for Julius, like we think that Anaheim is, but we thought it was a little unfair to put him in his first game against Toronto,” Montgomery said. “In hindsight, I am glad we didn’t because Toronto played faster than anything we see.”
In addition, Jason Dickinson is practicing on Radek Faksa’s left wing as Monty seeks to activate some third-line scoring:
“You’re always looking for it,” Montgomery said of depth scoring. “I didn’t want to mess with our top line. We thought about it, but they are just playing too well right now, and we’ll wait until they cool down before we make a move there.”
Mark has more. [Stars Inside Edge]
For the record, here are tonight’s probable lines, as discerned from yesterday’s practice:
Here are the lines in the order I saw them today in practice:— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) October 12, 2018
Smith, Hintz looked like the extras
Again, Monty said Honka in Sat.
If you haven’t seen a Stars game in person yet this season, here’s some of what you’re missing.
Part 2 of our NHL 19 face comparisons is out and you have to see this one! pic.twitter.com/imzGNrkXsc— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) October 11, 2018
Around the League(s)
It was a quiet night all over the league, so let’s get directly to the headlines:
Which No. 1 overall is better? And does it matter, when the Connor McDavid-Auston Matthews rivalry is good for business either way?
Tonight, Duncan Keith will start his 1,000th NHL game, all of which he has played with the Chicago Blackhawks. Scott Powers talked with five of Keith’s key partners about his enduring career.
Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Nick Leddy, Jordan Oesterle & Brent Sopel share what it’s like to play with Duncan Keith https://t.co/qzk0OuMVpm— Scott Powers (@ByScottPowers) October 12, 2018
Antoine Roussel, who missed training camp with a concussion, is getting set for his Vancouver Canucks debut by practicing on the top line with Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat.
"It's nice to get full reps, it feels better overall." Antoine Roussel, who skated on a line at practice with Boeser and Horvat, updates his injury status. pic.twitter.com/p1a7dZtH3J— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) October 12, 2018
Austin Watson’s domestic-violence suspension has been reduced in arbitration.
NHL issues statement about Austin Watson's reduced suspension saying "we are disappointed with the Arbitrator’s decision."https://t.co/2KyPfBq1SM— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) October 12, 2018
Emily Kaplan puts the protest in context.
The NHL releases a lengthy statement saying it is “disappointed” in the arbitrator’s decision to reduce Austin Watson’s suspension.— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) October 12, 2018
A reminder that the NHL is the only of the four professional sports leagues without a specific domestic violence policy. pic.twitter.com/ym25ExfaRz
Shyam Das, the arbitrator who reduced Austin Watson's suspension, was fired by Major League Baseball after overturning Ryan Braun's drug suspension in 2012.— Jim Diamond (@diamondhockey) October 11, 2018