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Teams win when they stop chasing, and Sean Shapiro has receipts. Plus, Big Buff hits a big milestone, and #HockeyHalloween is a gift that keeps on giving.

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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]


Stars Stories

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...

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).

Around the League(s)

The Night In #Murder

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.)

#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.

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]

National Hockey League

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park

The Roope Hintz - Denis Gurianov juggernaut is back on the job, but former Texas Stars captain Curtis McKenzie got his first win against his former club with the Chicago Wolves.

Head coach Derek Laxdal talked about double-shifting the Roope Line:

Finally

Jamie Benn was up late watching the World Series, too. Enjoy.