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]
Expect a line blender tonight as the Stars take on the Anaheim Ducks at 9 p.m. Central time.
Here’s one big takeaway:
I'm not sure what to draw from the practice lines today, but it does look like the top line will be broken up (Benn with Hanzal) and Nichushkin will probably play against Anaheim.— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) December 11, 2018
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.
"This feels like one of those years where [the Stars] might need to do something in stride, and not just in the summer." The guys look ahead in this episode of "Rinky Dinking".— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) December 11, 2018
Around the League(s)
#Death Is Everywhere
- The Minnesota Wild started their latest home series with a 7-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens. [Hockey Wilderness]
- The Nashville Predators won a battle of the walking wounded, beating the Ottawa Senators 3-1. [On The Forecheck]
- Brayden Schenn got the game-winner as the St. Louis Blues shook off a tough challenge from the Florida Panthers, 4-3. [St. Louis Game Time]
- Mikko Rantanen’s four-point night was ruined as the Edmonton Oilers hung a six-pack on the Colorado Avalanche, 6-4. [Mile High Hockey]
- And in Central-on-Central violence: Dylan Strome keeps trying, but the Winnipeg Jets handed the Chicago Blackhawks another eighth straight loss, 6-3. [Second City Hockey]
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]
“He was a fabulous hockey guy and an even better person.” - David Poile, #USHHOF Class of 2018— USA Hockey (@usahockey) December 11, 2018
Tomorrow JJ will be honored as the @NHL's Lester Patrick Trophy recipient → https://t.co/fJit8UEzEa pic.twitter.com/xwIw51ygli
The Minnesota North Stars feature prominently in Jared Clinton’s list of the post-expansion era’s most goaleriffic games.
Remember the night Miroslav Frycer and the Maple Leafs outdueled Wayne Gretzky and the Oilers in a 20-goal affair? @THNJaredClinton takes you back through the highest-scoring games in the post-expansion era:https://t.co/D58xmHlBu7 pic.twitter.com/toMex0bsuK— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) December 12, 2018
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
If you’re attending tonight’s Texas Stars game, check this out:
Who's coming to Wednesday's game to watch the #txstars take on the Iowa Wild?!— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) December 10, 2018
If the Stars win this Wednesday's game, every fan in attendance will win a ticket to the next Winning Wednesday game!
: https://t.co/dHERzFPBJu pic.twitter.com/QFa0yLse7m
Nicholas Caamano and Ondrej Vala: blinding you with SCIENCE.
Caamano and Vala were excited to teach some kids about the Science of Hockey at River Ridge Elementary today! pic.twitter.com/CoTSceobaR— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) December 11, 2018
Ten-year-old Stars fan Anderson McDuffie is at the center of this heartwarmer from Greg Wyshynski and ESPN. Enjoy.