The Dallas Stars are back from a two-game road trip that didn’t go nearly as well as they hoped. Now they look to reset, recommit to The Process, and resume their winning ways against the Minnesota Wild tonight in American Airlines Center.
Veteran defender Marc Methot has been around the block enough times to know that a new system needs breaking in, writes Mark Stepneski:
“There’s no reason to panic. I am sure the coaches have mentioned, we’ve got a new system, new coaching staff, a lot of new faces. We’re going to have some growing pains,” said [Methot]. “The way you respond is you practice hard the way we did today, keep a positive attitude in the dressing room, encourage each other and make sure we keep each other accountable. I think we are doing that. We’ve got to work towards that next game.”
Head coach Jim Montgomery wants to focus on creating offense, which the Stars have struggled to do when the Jamie Benn-Tyler Seguin-Alexander Radulov line goes quiet:
“We need to get better at our team identity, so we are really focusing on our play without the puck - our forecheck, our reload, our defensemen’s gaps, our breaking the puck out of the (defensive) zone,” he said. “We think we’ve made a mistake as a staff, myself in particular, about trying to get too dynamic offensively too quickly. It’s taken away our players’ aggressiveness. We’re thinking too much on the ice. That being said, we think if we get better with our puck pressure and our identity of being relentless, it’s going to create odd-man rushes.
“We’ve got to get more consistent with that and players’ offense will come with that, and then we can start adding the layers of offense that we want.”
Mark has more. [Stars Inside Edge]
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Sean Shapiro took the Stars’ mini-road trip to the Film Room.
For the evening crowd:— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) October 18, 2018
A deeper look at the 6-on-5 gamble that almost worked, what went wrong when Khudobin lost his stick, and other lessons we can take from the Stars two-game road triphttps://t.co/MhqFcRhPcd
Sean also brings some interesting notes about how incipient Hall of Famer Paul Kariya inspires Montgomery’s practices.
This was part of drill where players had to use opposite-handed sticks. Montgomery got drill from Paul Kariya. "If you have people switch hands, they think on the other side of their brain & it makes them more creative. And then they’re better when they go back (to strong side." https://t.co/ZY2ss9rxFf— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) October 18, 2018
Of course there’s a backstory. Of course.
if you want more on the Montgomery-Kariya connection, here is the video from the 1993 NCAA championship game where Kariya had the primary assist on each goal in Montgomery's natural hat-trick. The Maine comeback starts around 16-minute mark of video https://t.co/UDo3GVdOwz— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) October 18, 2018
Around the League(s)
#Murder Was The Case
- Corey Crawford is back, and it...kind of didn’t matter, as the Chicago Blackhawks took a 4-1 beating from the Arizona Coyotes. [Second City Hockey]
- Gabriel Landeskog’s third career hat trick helped the Colorado Avalanche ruin the New Jersey Devils’ win-loss sheet, 5-3. [Mile High Hockey]
- And Dustin Byfuglien earned a goal and two assists in his return from an upper-body injury as the Winnipeg Jets roughed up the Vancouver Canucks, 4-1. [Nucks Misconduct]
The St. Louis Blues have had a rough start, and for once someone isn’t just blaming the goalie. Jared Clinton offers sympathy for Jake Allen.
It’s easy to point the finger at Jake Allen for the rough start in St. Louis, but the Blues keeper has been under siege in the early part of the season. https://t.co/yMKXvyBBv8 pic.twitter.com/LfNdUXbVs4— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) October 19, 2018
Also at THN: Matt Larkin looks at William Nylander’s contract stalemate, then at the Seguin negotiation, then tells everyone to just slow their roll for once.
Media hype painted Tyler Seguin's contract talks as something they weren't. Could the same be happening with William Nylander?— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) October 18, 2018
Maybe it's time to view the glass as half full, @THNMattLarkin explains after talking to Seguin: https://t.co/6dg3oMDJlV pic.twitter.com/gTfsUc7eYj
Connor McDavid’s skills coach offers some insight into his Ludicrous Speed start to the season.
Kailer Yamamoto’s big career milestone also made a nice GIF.
First NHL goal alert Kailer Yamamoto! pic.twitter.com/DOvfDTer96— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) October 19, 2018
If you love NHL referees, or just love to hate them, the new Hockey Night In Canada podcast has your number.
Ep 3 of the #HNICPodcast is up! This week is all about referees. Don Koharski reminisces about the "have another donut" incident, Stephen Walkom talks ref evaluation, & @sjurksztowicz speaks with NHL referee Garrett Rank about his US Open appearance. https://t.co/OKZ24nGjvF— Rob Pizzo (@robpizzo) October 18, 2018
The Flint Firebirds’ troubles continue. Can a new coach bring new stability?
Flint Firebirds of the OHL have a new head coach, Hockey News North has confirmed ... New HNN: https://t.co/88vd7rlkGw— Randy Russon (@RandyRusson) October 18, 2018
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