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After facing questions about his recent level of play, the Stars’ captain has truly stepped up his game. Plus, practice notes, William Nylander finally signs, and more.

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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.

Stars Stories

Saturday’s win over the Vancouver Canucks was nice, wasn’t it? Let’s enjoy that feeling a little bit more:

Now then, time to move on. Here’s a practice update from yesterday as the Stars prepared for their rematch against Ken Hitchcock and the Edmonton Oilers tonight: [NHL]

Anton Khudobin will be in net tonight despite strong play from Ben Bishop last game:

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]

Central Census

Here’s your daily reminder that the Central Division is rough to play in:

League Links

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:

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:


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