Let’s all agree not to talk about the Dallas Stars game last night, okay? That was a bit too depressing for me, so we’re just going to pretend like it never happened.
Instead, we’ll focus on more positive things, like a new bromance between Esa Lindell and Miro Heiskanen. Having gone through a similar situation a few years ago, Lindell has done his best to help the newest Finnish rookie adjust to North American life:
“Yeah, of course, it helps, it feels like more like home,” Heiskanen said. “I can talk Finnish sometimes. He helped a lot with the apartment stuff, and other things off the ice. It’s been really good that Esa is here.”
The two players have more in common than their transition from Finland to Dallas, however. Lindell says that he sees a bit of himself in how Heiskanen is in the locker room:
“I had the same situation in the A,” Lindell said. “I think he’s gonna be more chatty when he gets more and more comfortable with things. In our language he speaks a lot. Like, I still don’t really like speaking in the big locker room, but that’s coming and you get used to (it). He’s a funny guy when we talk to each other. Maybe you’ll find out someday (in English).”
You can read more in Sean Shapiro’s piece here.
Jonn Klingberg is finally back from injury. Could he help push the Stars over the hump?
And... that’s it. I’m serious, no talking about last night (comments included). As far as I’m concerned, the Stars didn’t even play a hockey game. Instead, I’ll pretend like they all went and played miniature golf. At least there the lowest score wins...
Every team in the Central played last night except for the Stars and the Colorado Avalanche. It, uhh, wasn’t a very good night for division:
- The Nashville Predators gave Carter Hart win #2 as the Philadelphia Flyers pulled away with a 2-1 victory. [Broad Street Hockey]
- Elsewhere the Minnesota Wild also fell 2-1 to a Metropolitan team, courtesy of the Pittsburgh Penguins. [Pensburgh]
- The St. Louis Blues got clobbered by the Vancouver Canucks, dropping a 5-1 decision. [NHL]
- At least one team managed to win: the Winnipeg Jets beat the San Jose Sharks 5-3. [Fear the Fin]
- I heard a rumor that the Chicago Blackhawks also won last night, but I can’t seem to find out who they played...
Bad news for a Wild team that’s already been slipping:
Around the Leauge
It’s a shame that sometimes the league’s best players don’t get proper credit because of where they play:
Here’s an early Christmas present to you all: fantasy hockey help. [ESPN]
It’s okay to dislike the current playoff format, but don’t act like it used to be great:
New post: Do you hate the NHL's playoff format? You might. But here's the thing -- the playoff format has always been screwed up. Like, for the league's entire 100+ year history. Let's look back at a century of weirdness. https://t.co/FNEqG2vAbR pic.twitter.com/XXEFkV2mDV— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) December 19, 2018
Wayne Gretzky’s goal scoring record could theoretically be in jeopardy, but Ray Borque’s record for defensemen might be untouchable: [The Hockey News]
Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews seem like fun guys:
Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner performing in The Nutcracker as Cannon Dolls pic.twitter.com/zbCAt2QvqL— Maple Leafs Hotstove (@LeafsNews) December 20, 2018
I still don’t like Gritty, as I find him terrifying. But this is a Twitter thread worth looking through: