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Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Magic of the Benn-Seguin Duo

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Do Benn and Seguin even need a competent winger in order to produce? Survey says no. Plus, Central Division updates, everyone decides to write about Nylander, and more.

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Many Dallas Stars fans would argue that it doesn’t matter who you put with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin on the team’s top line; they’re going to score regardless. So Matthew DeFranks decided to put this theory to the test and compared several lines containing the magical duo, and it turns out there’s some truth to it after all:

No matter who the third player on the line was, all seven trios had positive possession numbers, whether you choose to evaluate via percent of shot attempts or percent of shots on goal or percent of scoring chances. When Benn and Seguin are on the ice, the Stars drove play.

Alexander Radulov seems to have great chemistry with the pair, and they have certainly lit up the scoreboard when together, but Benn and Seguin’s ability to produce with pretty much anyone on the right wing opens up a lot of options for the Stars:

It all could also depend on how Montgomery wants his top line to play. If he wants a big physical line with an occasional scorer, Nichushkin or Ritchie could make sense. If he wants versatility, Janmark or Shore could be the guy. Or if he wants defense, Comeau was signed for that purpose.

You can read more over at DeFranks’ place here.


Stars Stories

Do you like hockey fights? Then do I have the article for you:

While it may not make many fans happy, Mike Heika thinks the best solution for the Stars’ secondary scoring woes could be patience: [NHL]

Look on the bright side, everyone, at least the Texas Stars are having luck on the road!

Here’s a recap of the come-from-behind victory, courtesy of an excellent third period: [100 Degree Hockey]

The game-winning goal was made by Denis Gurianov, which was his third of the season:

The ESPN crew debated which player from the 2010 draft class they would chose to build a team around, with both Tyler Seguin and John Klingberg getting some love: [ESPN]


Central Census

Only one team from the Central Division played yesterday. The St. Louis Blues dropped a close 3-2 decision to the Montreal Canadiens. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]

Honestly the following tweet speaks for itself:

Good news for the Chicago Blackhawks (and bad news for everyone else): Corey Crawford is expected to make his return today. [Sportsnet]

You know the drill:


Around the League

Taylor Hall gets all the buzz in New Jersey, but Kyle Palmieri is starting to steal a bit of the spotlight: [NBC Sports]

Are you daydreaming about an offer sheet or trade for William Nylander? Well apparently everyone at the Athletic decided to write about him recently:

Every day seems to bring about a newly broken record in the NHL, but are these “records” even worth talking about? [The Hockey News]

Man, the Ottawa Senators just can’t catch a break:

When Brady Tkachuk’s injury derails Ottawa’s surprisingly good start and they end up winning the draft lottery for the Colorado Avalanche, I’m going to blame it on Blake Comeau:

Down Goes Brown looks back at times star goaltenders allowed eight or more goals in a game, including a look at Ex-Star Eddie Belfour: [The Athletic]


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