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The team is dead last in an important metric and getting worse, writes Gerry Fraley. Plus, sports logo do’s and don’ts, “A Christmas Story” hockey style, and more.

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Bad news first: The Dallas Stars are the NHL’s lowest-scoring team in the opening frame. Worse news next: They just can’t seem to rally past a deficit in the first 20 minutes, and everything they try seems to make the problem worse.

The Dallas Morning News’ Gerry Fraley examines the 5-2 loss to the currently hapless Chicago Blackhawks as a case in point:

...It marked the second time in the last three games that the Stars have had a multigoal deficit after the first. They lost both those games and have dropped five of six overall.

”We’ve tried to do a couple different things to kick-start it and score more in the first,’’ coach Jim Montgomery said Friday. “It seems like when our focus goes to that, we give up goals. [Thursday] was a prime example of that.”

It doesn’t help when your best players take themselves off the ice – but it also doesn’t help when even their first-period stats look like this:

Alexander Radulov, who took an undisciplined penalty that led to a Chicago goal in the first, leads the Stars in first-period goals with three. Jamie Benn, who sets the tone for the offense, has two with one assist.

There’s more under the paywall. [SportsDayDFW]


Stars Stuff

Will a lineup shuffle help as the Stars meet the Minnesota Wild?

In the “better news” category, John Klingberg is still back.

Need more proof that Miro Heiskanen is a matter-of-fact Finnish rainicorn?

Around The League(s)

#Death hasn’t quite taken a holiday, yet – the Chicago Blackhawks won their third in a row with a Central-on-Central beating of the Colorado Avalanche. [Second City Hockey]

Matt Dumba will be out for tonight’s Stars-Wild game, and perhaps indefinitely.

Former Star Jamie Oleksiak is out indefinitely after taking a vicious Tom Wilson punch to the head during the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals.

Somehow it’s never the wrong time to bring this one back.

How will Seattle’s next team go about branding itself? John Matisz talked with design experts Todd Radom and Bill Frederick about what not to wear.

Meanwhile, come-from-behind scoring, Carolina Hurricanes cellys, and Alex Ovechkin rank among the NHL gifts that keep on giving.

Finally

A sports unity campaign results in comedy, as the Buffalo Beauts and the Buffalo Bandits update a classic. Enjoy.