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It’s different for each of them, and Saad Yousuf asked why. Plus: tonight in Anaheim, Dave Tippett in Seattle, Texas Stars in the community, and more.

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The Dallas Stars, like every other team, are made up of individuals, all of whom prepare and escalate their play in different ways. What effect does that have on the stat line?

Saad Yousuf of The Athletic DFW started his latest article by taking a look at an interesting factoid: The Stars consistently win the second period. In fact, it’s the only period they win consistently.

One would assume that players’ bodies are at their freshest in the opening period, so why has the team been about half as productive scoring in that frame compared to the latter two?

“Ideally, you want to say you prepared well for the game and you felt good right out of the gate but that’s not always the case,” Devin Shore said.

The process is different for every player. Tyler Pitlick talked about getting physical as a way of getting the rest of his game going:

“Sometimes you go out and you have a very good offensive shift and then you’re feeling good, you’re feeling it and you roll from there,” Pitlick said. “Some nights it doesn’t go that way and you need to do something to get yourself feeling good. Some nights you’re not feeling good and you’re tired and you need to go out there and get a hit or something to get yourself going.”

There’s more under the paywall. [The Athletic DFW]

Stars Stuff

Expect a line blender tonight as the Stars take on the Anaheim Ducks at 9 p.m. Central time.

Here’s one big takeaway:

Look for a possible reunion with an old friend tonight, as the Ducks acquire RW Adam Cracknell in a trade.

Razor and Heika discuss possible mid-season moves and more in their latest podcast.

Around the League(s)

#Death Is Everywhere

Oh, so now they call back a Blues goal that came from a bounce off the referee. (Yes. Still triggered.)

Former Stars coach Dave Tippett is part of the all-star team assembled in Seattle.

Team Canada coach Tim Hunter is preaching speed as the defending champs prepare to defend their World Junior title.

The late Jim Johannson will be honored today for his impact on USA Hockey, and on thousands of players’ lives. [NHL]

The Minnesota North Stars feature prominently in Jared Clinton’s list of the post-expansion era’s most goaleriffic games.

Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park

If you’re attending tonight’s Texas Stars game, check this out:

Nicholas Caamano and Ondrej Vala: blinding you with SCIENCE.


Ten-year-old Stars fan Anderson McDuffie is at the center of this heartwarmer from Greg Wyshynski and ESPN. Enjoy.