Like with most hockey teams, when the Dallas Stars struggle, their captain tends to take a large share of the blame. After cooling off from a red hot start to the season, Jamie Benn has been criticized fairly often, most notably during a stretch where he and teammate Tyler Seguin were on a long goalless streak.
But recently? Benn has been putting any concerns about a potential “decline” to rest:
“When Jamie Benn stops on pucks, you know he’s going,” Stars coach Jim Montgomery said. “His ability to make plays, he made plays all night long tonight. He was stopping on pucks. He’s winning 1-on-1 battles. Obviously, the last goal everybody notices.
Stars fans often talk about Benn going “beast mode,” where he will put the game on his back and just dominate the ice. And it sure seems like he’s been doing that recently — just ask his teammates:
Goaltender Ben Bishop said: “When he’s at that level, he’s tough. He’s one of the best in the league. It’s just about bringing that every single shift. When he does, it’s fun to watch. Obviously, he goes out there and creates two goals and it’s the difference in the game. He obviously has that ability and it’s fun when he turns it on like that and puts it to another level.”
You can read more in Matthew DeFranks’ piece here.
Saturday’s win over the Vancouver Canucks was nice, wasn’t it? Let’s enjoy that feeling a little bit more:
Led by Benn and Radulov, Stars fight for each other and Arlene Forbes in comeback win against Canucks https://t.co/6W5GPXsk6R— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) December 2, 2018
Anton Khudobin will be in net tonight despite strong play from Ben Bishop last game:
Khudobin in net tomorrow: “Bish played great but with the travel and his first game back. I made a mistake playing him 3 out of 4 and I’m not going to make that mistake again right now, especially when you had Khudobin playing so well.”— Saad Yousuf (@SaadYousuf126) December 2, 2018
Taylor Fedun and Joel Hanley are just a couple of the defensive reinforcements for the Stars’ blue line, but they both have rather interesting backstories worth reading: [SportsDay DFW]
- The Colorado Avalanche blanked the Detroit Red Wings in a decisive 2-0 victory. [Mile High Hockey]
- Meanwhile, the Winnipeg Jets rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the third to beat the New York Rangers 4-3 in a shootout: [Blue Shirt Banter]
- Don’t worry, not every Central team won. The Chicago Blackhawks fell in a close 3-2 game to the Calgary Flames. [Matchsticks & Gasoline]
Here’s your daily reminder that the Central Division is rough to play in:
The big news from the weekend was William Nylander inking a six-year, $6.9 million AAV extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs just eight minutes before the deadline:
.@SportChek Player Alert: The @MapleLeafs have agreed to terms on a six-year contract extension with forward William Nylander.— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) December 1, 2018
Details >> https://t.co/Iw7RVjGZhR#LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/L3NzqcCdYj
Does a long0term deal necessarily mean Nylander is in Toronto for the long haul? Jared Clinton looks at how other contract holdouts turned out after the players signed, including Stars captain Jamie Benn: [The Hockey News]
Here’s an interview of former Dallas Star
The Brave Little Toaster Alex Chiasson:
In his Grab Bag from Friday, Down Goes Brown proposes a new alternative to the dads and moms trips held by teams: [The Athletic]
Jason Robertson gets a shoutout as a name to watch at this year’s WJC:
Who's turning heads in the junior and college ranks? With the World Junior Championship approaching, here's a look at who's on the radar now and into the future:https://t.co/pMUiaTXQ1p pic.twitter.com/jpsVicTkWy— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) December 2, 2018
That’s a lot of teddy bears...