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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Return Home To Reset After Road Losses

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It’s a chance to bounce back from illness and injury, writes Mike Heika. Plus, Miro Heiskanen’s Calder Trophy chances and more as the Central returns to post-holiday action.

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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.

Mike has more. [Dallas Stars]


Stars Stuff

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.

Of course Miro Heiskanen is an early Calder Trophy frontrunner, but it’s nice for someone to acknowledge it.

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:

For the Pens, Tristan Jarry comes up as Matt Murray goes down.

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?

...Well, maybe just a little bit of the Shea Weber you came to expect, at least.

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).

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park

As always, the Texas Stars have all your player shuffles in one place.

They also point out that Landon Bow actually had a pretty good NHL debut on Wednesday.

And if you’re in Austin Metro this weekend, don’t forget your teddy bear.

Finally

There’s never an overdose of hockey dogs. Enjoy.