When it rains, it pours, as anyone who’s lived in North Texas for the past month can tell you. And depth scoring fell like rain for the Dallas Stars on Thursday night, in another come-from-behind win over the Anaheim Ducks.
Sean Shapiro of The Athletic devoted his latest Film Room to discovering how the Stars have unlocked their offense:
During a three-game losing streak, the Stars were chasing too much. Chasing situations, chasing down the puck, just chasing everything. It’s easier to win a race, or a hockey game, if you take charge and never have to chase.
This is why clean zone entries can have such a big impact on a team. While the occasional dump-and-chase can work at times, carrying the puck into the zone typically yields much better shot opportunities and shots from more dangerous areas.
Sean states outright that a standard dive into the anatomy of a turnaround became “a deeper look into why Justin Dowling has a chance to actually stick in the NHL”:
The Stars don’t have many players willing to boldly attack the middle of the ice on the zone entry. Those in the big three will do it, but after that the rest of the Stars forwards — seemingly aside from Dowling — haven’t embraced the challenge of driving through the middle in the regular season (Roope Hintz did so in the preseason, but it seemed to have evaporated from his game in the regular season before he was sent down.)
There’s much more – including plenty of video – under the paywall. [The Athletic DFW]
Roman Polak knows who he is, and he doesn’t mind you knowing it, too.
If you haven’t checked out the new Razor-Heika podcast, here’s your chance to find out what they really think about line-blending.
Because there’s never an overdose of Marc Methot in a taco costume...
"I go in there in this taco outfit to make them smile and laugh. That makes the day worthwhile."— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) October 26, 2018
It's always a special day when we have the chance to spend time with the kids at @ChildrensTheOne. pic.twitter.com/5L34p636AH
Technically this is an update on Ed Belfour’s new distillery, but it’s really just a great story about a dad and his kids (and his little dog, too).
Can one of the greatest goalies of all time become a world class distiller with his son at his side? Ed and Dayn Belfour are banking on it being so. https://t.co/MtH7HOef4V— Scott Burnside (@OvertimeScottB) October 26, 2018
Around the League(s)
The Night In #Murder
- The Winnipeg Jets got back to winning by taking advantage of the luckless Detroit Red Wings, 2-1. The Wings have yet to win in regulation this season. [Winging It In Motown]
- Matt Duchene’s return to Denver got overshadowed as the Ottawa Senators lost Zack Smith and Magnus Paajarvi to facial injuries in a 6-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. [Silver Seven]
Dustin Byfuglien marked another milestone on his GWG last night:
The Wings are down, but they’re trying not to be counted out.
Everyone loves a good argument about equipment size, right? (Oh, hush.)
We've seen a plethora of goals already this fall. And fans are loving it. The goalies? Not so much.— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) October 27, 2018
This week's Hockey Night in Canada podcast asks if goalie gear should be one size fits all: https://t.co/KmcA9CVqdx pic.twitter.com/StqggnUrJM
#HockeyHalloween continues as the Boston Bruins go all comic-book (nerd chorus: “It’s a graphic novel!”) for a visit to a children’s hospital.
Our SB Nation frenemies know what’s up.
Chowder staff has decided that in the universe where Bruins players are superheroes, Marchand is DEFINITELY Deadpool.— Stanley Cup of Chowder (@cupofchowdah) March 7, 2014
Sad news: John A. Ziegler Jr., the former NHL president who brokered the deal that brought four WHA teams into the league, has died at 84. [NHL]
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
Head coach Derek Laxdal talked about double-shifting the Roope Line:
"You're not going to win every game. The effort was there, the result wasn't, but it was pretty darn close." - Stars Head Coach Derek Laxdal on tonight's game against Chicago.https://t.co/DC3FL2EW3y— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) October 27, 2018
Jamie Benn was up late watching the World Series, too. Enjoy.
What a throw!— Jamie Benn (@jamiebenn14) October 27, 2018
Go to bed, Jamie. You've got practice in the morning.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) October 27, 2018