Whenever you watch a NHL game, it seems that there’s always at least one stick that gets broken, if not several more. See enough hardware changes, and you have to wonder: how many sticks does a player go through?
Sean Shapiro set out to find an answer for the Dallas Stars, and the answers might surprise you. For instance, Jason Spezza apparently goes through them like a kid goes through candy after trick-or-treating:
“One game, max,” Spezza said. “Depends on where I am with the previous games. I usually prepare one new stick for sure, maybe two. I have three ready on the rack and one in the room that’s half ready, so I kind of half-do one and that’s my emergency stick if I get too much breakage during the game. Then I go through three and I have a little process to pick out which one I like best (for that game).”
Perhaps it’s an experience thing, as the lifespan of the sticks for some of the younger players seem to typically be longer:
Gemel Smith has the longest stick on the team, another Bauer Vapor 1X Lite, and said the tool typically lasts him three to four weeks.
“As long as there are no cracks in it typically I use it,” Smith said. “I think it was two years ago I used a stick for half the year, it didn’t break. It felt really whippy, but I kind of liked it.”
You can read more in Shapiro’s piece here.
Here are some practice notes from yesterday, for your reading pleasure:
Wednesday practice update: Shore to miss one to two weeks; Ritchie to get bumped up to second linehttps://t.co/bCsyteZwNf— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) November 15, 2018
It may be hard to remember, but a Martin Hanzal return is still in the cards:
Montgomery on Hanzal's timeline: "I think a realistic goal would be towards the end of November. And that would be a real positive outcome. I think somewhere around Dec. 4 to Dec. 10 is very plausible." https://t.co/Txm9V472Ip— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) November 14, 2018
Shapiro talks Valeri Nichushkin, the future of the ‘C’ after Jamie Benn, and more in his latest mailbag. [The Athletic]
Mike Heika answered some questions of his own, such as third jerseys, the next Stars number to be retired, and more in his latest Hey Heika! column: [NHL]
Also from Heika, here’s the latest podcast with him and Razor:
As a young goalie, @Razor5Hole spent time playing in Finland. It was a different place with unique food -- like reindeer.— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) November 14, 2018
The guys discuss what it may be like for Miro Heiskanen adjusting to the American way of life. https://t.co/46Z3U8ETS8
There were only four games last night, but three of them featured at least one team from the Central:
- It wasn’t flashy, but the Chicago Blackhawks snapped their eight-game losing streak with a 1-0 win over the St. Louis Blues. [Second City Hockey]
- The Winnipeg Jets meanwhile had a solid 3-1 win over the defending champs, the Washington Capitals. [Japers’ Rink]
- Finally, the Colorado Avalanche were trailing the Boston Bruins 3-1 but ended up scoring four unanswered goals for a 6-3 victory. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]
It’s not as if the Central is by far the toughest division — the standings look almost identical in the Atlantic — but man is it brutal regardless:
Around the League
Erik Karlsson is off to a “slow” start, but the San Jose Sharks aren’t worried:
Holy smokes, Batman: there was a trade yesterday! And it was one-for-one too!
The Penguins have acquired forward Tanner Pearson (@tannerjpearson) from the LA Kings in exchange for Carl Hagelin.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) November 14, 2018
Pearson's contract carries an average annual value of $3.75 million and he is signed through the 2020.21 season. Details: https://t.co/hRFEwMpUb5 pic.twitter.com/59sci5oAso
Apparently it was a big day for the Pittsburgh Penguins organization:
Tristan Jarry makes some history with goalie goal in AHL https://t.co/lZRZoWJRcN— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) November 14, 2018
In light of a neutral arbitrator reducing Tom Wilson’s suspension by six games:
If the NHL — and NHLPA, for that matter — want to put an end to long suspension arbitration processes, it's time to take some of the guesswork out of the disciplinary process.https://t.co/EEMQRItAuv pic.twitter.com/lQF2F606nm— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) November 15, 2018
Dallas is one of Down Goes Brown’s five teams that has started off well (yay), but may find itself crashing and burning Ottawa Senators style (ohpleaseno):