The Dallas Stars are set to put Justin Dowling in the lineup tonight, and already fans are asking why Denis Gurianov wasn’t called up instead.
Sean Shapiro has read your tweets, so he’s applied his work ethic to examining what the Stars need, and what they expect, with Dowling taking the bottom-six spot Roope Hintz won out of camp:
“If Gurianov makes the roster he should buy (Justin) Dowling a nice gift, he’s made him so much better in the games I’ve watched,” the scout said. “(Dowling) has been the one that’s made it easy for Gurianov to make an impact, in what I’ve seen.”
Stars coach Jim Montgomery also had praise for Dowling during training camp. He called the forward the surprise of camp. Montgomery really liked Dowling’s game and how he created space that other forwards could build off.
He also thinks the people who wanted Denis the Menace are not wrong, necessarily:
Gurianov getting the call would have made sense, and it would have undoubtedly created more buzz than backlash on Twitter. But to those who have paid close attention, Dowling fits what Jim Montgomery is looking for at this point, even if he’s just a stop-gap for the time being.
Montgomery wants more creativity on his team and right now this team severely lacks the confidence to play with creativity after the top line and John Klingberg. This is an area where Dowling has made his living in the AHL — he opens and creates space for the Texas Stars’ other forwards, including Gurianov, and is one of the better passers in the league.
There’s more behind the paywall. [The Athletic DFW]
Mark Stepneski brings a report from yesterday’s practice:
Dowling playing tomorrow.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) October 22, 2018
Radulov practiced today, status for tomorrow is up in the air.
Val skated on his own today, out for tomorrow.
Johns went through full practice, no headaches and no ringing in ears. Good signs.
Will Miro Heiskanen stay with the big team as his 10th NHL game approaches? What do you, the viewer, think?
As rookies eligible for the entry-level slide come up on their 10th game of the season, their respective teams need to decide whether they’ll stick with the big club or head to the AHL or major junior. Who stays and who goes? From @THNJaredClintonhttps://t.co/lRDxzULrCN pic.twitter.com/uN3u1EfDWv— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) October 23, 2018
Around the League(s)
Last Night, On #Death: The Series
- Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen scored in their ninth consecutive games as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-1. [Mile High Hockey]
- Jacob Trouba netted the game-winner as the Winnipeg Jets slipped past the St. Louis Blues in overtime, 5-4. [St. Louis Game Time]
The Blues are still working on finding just the right balance, writes Ryan Kennedy.
The Anaheim Ducks retired another famous No. 9.
And ICYMI the first time, TSN made a documentary about Paul Kariya’s life in retirement and the concussions that ended his career.
Congratulations to Paul Kariya, whose No. 9 is being retired by the Anaheim Ducks tonight.— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) October 21, 2018
A look back at Michael Farber's #TSNOriginal feature ‘Surfacing,’ which aired last season as Kariya was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
WATCH: https://t.co/dRRiB85iRG #TSNHockey pic.twitter.com/Cb7LrnT7X2
Also at TSN, Craig Button examines 10 up-and-coming forwards with 2019 NHL Draft eligibility.
CRAIG'S LIST: Jack Hughes remains the clear top prospect, but @CraigJButton highlights a trio of wingers who are starting to turn heads with their play early this season.— TSN (@TSN_Sports) October 22, 2018
MORE: https://t.co/pjGpHSyXpY pic.twitter.com/AKaW4PTT1E
Sad news: Former New York Islanders owner Charles Wang, who also worked to establish hockey in China, has passed away.
Don’t you just love hockey Halloween? Enjoy.