The Dallas Stars have already defeated the Anaheim Ducks in the AAC this season, and tonight – we hope – they’re coming back for more. But tonight, they’ll have to get the win without Alexander Radulov, who was still suffering from an unspecified lower-body injury as of yesterday’s optional practice in Frisco.
Head coach Jim Montgomery spoke to Mark Stepneski about Rads’ absence from the lineup as pretty much a foregone conclusion:
“We’ll assess it (Thursday), but he’s there for now,” Montgomery said. “The most important thing is we need 14 ([Jamie] Benn) and 91 ([Tyler] Seguin) to get back on the scoresheet, and we need them to start possessing pucks a lot more. So, who is going to be able to help provide that?”
Other injured Stars are in similarly iffy situations – including Valeri Nichushkin, whose status could be a game-time decision. There’s also Stephen Johns, who worked a full practice without headaches and may be ready for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings, but who is still taking it one day at a time:
“The intensity of the game, the lights, the music -- all those things,” Montgomery said. “Today, he said there was a shot off the crossbar, he was standing at the red line, and the ping of the crossbar hurt his ears. He is going through things that are hard for me to understand because I’ve never experienced it. You could see the wincing and the grimace on his face when it happened.”
Mark has more. [Stars Inside Edge]
It’s game night once again, and you know what to do. [Dallas Stars]
Matthew DeFranks looks at Tyler Pitlick’s top-line performance:
Marc Methot wins Tastiest Costume for #HockeyHalloween.
Sean Shapiro’s weekly mailbag is due today, but he offers this advance warning:
An FYI for tomorrow's story: unless there are multiple really good questions that cover different topics regarding that player, I'm only answering one Honka question per week in the mailbag.— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) October 24, 2018
Around the League(s)
Last Night, In #Death
- The Winnipeg Jets lost the first game of a home and home to the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2. [ Pension Plan Puppets]
- And Andrei Vasilevskiy earned the shutout as the Colorado Avalanche dropped a close one to Tampa Bay Lightning, 1-0. [Raw Charge]
Nate Schmidt signed a big deal with the Vegas Golden Knights even while he’s spending 20 games in hockey jail, so there’s your message of hope and good cheer.
The league is asking more and more from mobile defensemen like John Klingberg. [NHL]
Find out what would happen if NHL players got to name the new Seattle franchise.
This awesome roundtable with NHL players is worth your time for the "what financial advice would I give a rookie" section. https://t.co/vUInai2HFL— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) October 24, 2018
Also from Greg: Ben Bishop was there the night the Sarah Palin Curse was born, and his career was never quite the same afterward. [ESPN]
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
Meet Brian Tosti, the new voice of the Texas Stars.
“When you’re 5’6”, it doesn’t take long for you to realize that playing hockey at a high level probably isn’t in the cards.”— 100 Degree Hockey (@100degreehockey) October 23, 2018
More on @BrianTosti: https://t.co/KgsXQc3KIj
(via: @ryanpennington) #txstars pic.twitter.com/KeRcDeCl0O
I think the T-Stars are bucking for another of those Best Theme Night awards – hence the Stranger Things weekend that’s on the way, just in time for Halloween.
It’s good to know that The Captain and Segs have no intention of being consumed by the walking dead without a fight. Enjoy.