A single loss can trigger all sorts of bad memories. Such was the case with the battered Dallas Stars in Wednesday’s 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The team will look to reset tonight at home against the Ottawa Senators. They’ll want to shake off the memories of last year’s collapse in the face of injury and adversity, writes senior staff writer Mike Heika:
[Head coach Jim] Montgomery took a lot of the blame for not having the team prepared, but there were plenty of guilty parties. Anton Khudobin had a chance to step up with Ben Bishop injured. The top players had a chance to change the game for the positive and simply could nothing going. The veteran players had a chance to step up and carry more of the load.
It was a total failure.
”We’re not skating, we’re not together, the puck support isn’t good enough, our timing and spacing, there’s a lot of negatives,” Montgomery said.
So how do they fix it? Montgomery is giving the team Thanksgiving off and wants them to clear their minds and get ready for Ottawa at home. The team has to take things one game at a time, so they can’t look at the big picture the way fans do.
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The Victory Green gang is back in the AAC tonight at 7 p.m. Central to take on the Ottawa Senators. Taylor Fedun is on his way as the blueline injury and illness woes pile up.
The Dallas Stars have recalled defenseman Taylor Fedun from the Texas Stars. https://t.co/jBUfStWaE9— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) November 22, 2018
Of course Miro Heiskanen is an early Calder Trophy frontrunner, but it’s nice for someone to acknowledge it.
If the season were to end today, who would win the major NHL awards? @THNJaredClinton looks at the early frontrunners for the Hart, Vezina, Norris and Calder:https://t.co/7SIZNz60Cu pic.twitter.com/khdwWZ2RUK— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) November 22, 2018
Hopefully you had a great Thanksgiving. The Stars share their own reasons for loving the holiday.
Around the League(s)
The NHL took the holiday off, and good for them. Plenty of Central Division action tonight, though:
- Minnesota Wild vs. Winnipeg Jets, 3 p.m. Central
- Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning, 6:30 p.m. Central
- Colorado Avalanche at Arizona Coyotes, 7 p.m. Central
- St. Louis Blues vs. Nashville Predators, 7 p.m. Central
For the Pens, Tristan Jarry comes up as Matt Murray goes down.
Penguins goalie Matt Murray has been placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.https://t.co/9RkiUwklyf— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 22, 2018
Meanwhile, Shea Weber is finally on the cusp of returning to the Montreal Canadiens lineup. What can you expect when a brand-name player loses nearly an entire season to injury?
With Shea Weber's possible (probable?) return Tuesday against Carolina, here is something I wrote last week on what to expect from someone after nearly a year off the ice...and what's expected from Shea Weber, because he's apparently not just someone: https://t.co/yjdGoF45In— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) November 22, 2018
...Well, maybe just a little bit of the Shea Weber you came to expect, at least.
Shea Weber appears to be taking contact, or at the very least he’s dishing it out. Jesperi Kotkaniemi was comfortably posted in front of the net during a power play drill, Weber arrives, basically grabs him by the neck and chucks him behind the net. Just manhandled him.— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) November 22, 2018
Now that the season’s about a quarter through, Ken Campbell has chosen his highlights and lowlights – from Mikko Rantanen (yay) to independent arbitrator Shyam Das (nay).
Breaking down the bests (and worsts) from the first quarter of the NHL campaign, with @THNKenCampbellhttps://t.co/U8kO1UOyzO pic.twitter.com/q0WNrBTs3A— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) November 22, 2018
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
As always, the Texas Stars have all your player shuffles in one place.
Four roster moves between the #txstars, Dallas, and Idaho. Ben Gleason, Ondrej Vala, and Elgin Pearce return to Texas while Taylor Fedun gets the call to Dallas.— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) November 22, 2018
Read: https://t.co/4Nxs0rImZX pic.twitter.com/XxxwQRADgI
They also point out that Landon Bow actually had a pretty good NHL debut on Wednesday.
Landon Bow made his NHL Debut tonight and ended his appearance with 14 saves in relief (@PacesetterHome Development Report).— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) November 22, 2018
He is the 4th #txstars player to make his debut with Dallas this year. pic.twitter.com/NqHIM6NkzW
And if you’re in Austin Metro this weekend, don’t forget your teddy bear.
Teddy Bear Toss Night, presented by @impactnews_lcp, is this Saturday, November 24th at 7:00 p.m. Bring a new or gently-used stuffed animal to throw on the ice when the Stars score their first goal of the night! All toys will be donated to Operation Blue Santa. pic.twitter.com/P7HukAeIkK— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) November 21, 2018
There’s never an overdose of hockey dogs. Enjoy.
We found the next hockey sensation, and he has four legs and a tail. MORE @ https://t.co/vKdC2aZR6x pic.twitter.com/El3t37UW5j— BarDown (@BarDown) November 23, 2018